What would you most like for Valentine's Day?

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Favourite Valentine's flowers

If you think your partner may be worried about getting you something you actually want for Valentine’s day, we’ve created a handy little tool on our Valentine’s Wishes page to help you give them a little bit of a nudge in the right direction.

We’ve taken our favourite Valentine’s flowers and put them onto one Valentine’s Wishes page.

It’s very simple; click the facebook ‘like’ button underneath your favourite bouquet and it will appear in your facebook feed for all your potential Valentines to see (provided you’re already friends with them on facebook).

I’ve done one to show you below (and perhaps I’ll be lucky enough to receive some!).

Let’s hope that your loved one or suitors get the hint.

If you think this hint may be a bit too subtle, we have a more direct approach. Choose a bouquet from our Valentine’s flowers range and click the ‘Send a hint’ button.  This sends an email with the wording of your choice to your Valentine.

With luck (and some hint dropping) you may get the flowers you would most like this Valentine’s day.

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London Mayor’s Responsible Procurement Award

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Responsible Procurement Awards

Arena Flowers were excited about being shortlisted for the Mayor’s Responsible Procurement Awards in December 2010.  We had a great evening at City Hall and thought we’d take a moment to tell you about it.

What are the Responsible Procurement Awards?

The Responsible Procurement awards themselves are there to recognise contributions made by suppliers to and staff of the Greater London Authority (GLA) group towards procurement delivering significant social and environmental benefits.  A bit of a mouthful but essentially, responsible procurement within the GLA group is a policy to ensure that procurement delivers environmental benefits, social benefits and economic efficiency.  This stimulates the GLA group internally and also external suppliers to work on meeting environmental, social and economic objectives.  The award ceremony itself is to recognise those internally, or external suppliers who’ve successfully gone the extra mile to make their business or area more environmental, socially responsible and efficient.

For example, the winner of the Ethical Sourcing internal award was Phil Roddy, who has worked with London Underground’s uniform procurement.  Phil won his award as a result of his work with uniform manufacturers, meaning that London Underground staff’s fleece jackets are made from recycled plastic bottles.

Arena Flowers responsible procurement

Arena Flowers' Will and Pascale with London Deputy Mayor, Richard Barnes

Why were we shortlisted?

Arena Flowers was entered into the environmental sustainability category of the awards. We deliver flowers to individuals across the UK and we also supply Transport For London with a flower and gift delivery service.  Our environmental credentials are strong; being the first UK florist to sell “Fair Flowers Fair Plants” flowers, we are the only florist in the Good Shopping Guide’s ethical supplier directory and we won an Online Green Award from the IMRG in 2008.

We have an unusual buying process for our flowers. We buy our flowers directly (one of the Arena Flowers buyers is at the flower auctions in Holland at 5am each morning), meaning that we cut out extra cost and extra time getting flowers from growers to the customer – this means the flowers spend less time in expensive energy-consuming fridges (and also last longer for the recipients).  Buying directly and selecting stems ourselves ensures not only the quality of the flowers but it also means we can buy exactly what we need, so wastage is reduced.

But it’s not just the flowers, we also use carbon neutral hosting of our website and print our cards on paper from sustainable sources (and where possible, with vegetable-base inks!).  Flowers couriered in boxes are in boxes made from recycled paper. We also recycle all our paper, printer cartridges, cardboard and green waste.  And we sell organic wines to add to orders too.

View from City Hall, London

Awards night

The award ceremony itself was held at City Hall in London – an amazing building with fantastic views and it was very nice to meet London Deputy Mayor, Richard Barnes.  Richard is also a member of the London Assembly for Ealing and Hillingdon, so we hope to see him at Flowers HQ some time soon.

Although we didn’t win the award, it was a great evening to find out what other suppliers and GLA staff are up to.  The award trophies themselves were made from waste timber from New Scotland Yard.  For us this reinforced the message that it’s not just the big things that matter to ensure an environmentally responsible business, but also the small things we can do day to day.  Something which we are constantly mindful of at Arena Flowers.

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ProFlowers.com (US) Selects ArenaFlowers.com (Europe) to Offer International Flower Delivery Service to Americans

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Press Release – 12 January 2011
ProFlowers.com (US) Selects ArenaFlowers.com (Europe) to Offer International Flower Delivery Service to Americans

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ArenaFlowers.com, the leading European flowers and gifts business, is pleased to announce the launch of ProFlowers International, a service that is operating in conjunction with ProFlowers.com, one of the leading US online flower companies. Read full press release.

 

Press release also published on:

 

E-consultancy – ProFlowers signs up Arena Flowers for international e-commerce partnership.

 

DailyMail.co.uk – Arena’s flower power wins US deal to supply Europe

 


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Christmas Flowers Competition – Vote for the Winner

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Christmas Flowers - let the voting begin

**Voting now closed. Many congratulations to our winner, Yasmin B who chose the name “Mistletoe Blush”.  We have sent out her order and hope she enjoys the flowers and treats! Congratulations, Yasmin.**

We’ve had a huge number of responses to the competition and thank you to everyone who entered.  It has been no easy feat to decide on the finalists, all the ideas were great, festive and fun and a fair amount of punning.  We loved them.

We did, however, have to whittle it down to 15 finalists and now we turn it over to you all to vote for your winner.  Just to remind you (so you consider carefully where you cast your vote).  The winner is to receive a gorgeous Christmas gift set with a deluxe version of the bouquet, some delicious gift-wrapped Belgian chocolates and a Christmas teddy bear from our Christmas flowers range.

Please vote for your winner below.  Voting closes on the 15th of December and the winner shall be announced shortly thereafter.

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Christmas Flowers Competition – Name a Bouquet…Win A Prize?

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Entry is now closed! We’ll soon be revealing the 15 finalists. Come back then to vote for your favourite!

We make new bouquets from time to time.  Ok, we make a lot of new bouquets all the time.  Our florists delight in it, their creative juices flow.  The product team love to photograph them and then put them up on the site for you to enjoy and send to friends and family.  Sometimes, however, we do have problems coming up with names for our bouquets.  So to launch our new range of Christmas flowers we thought we’d ask for your help.

In return, the winner will receive a wonderful Christmas bundle including a deluxe version of the Christmas bouquet, some delicious gift-wrapped chocolates and a cute Christmas teddy bear.  You can send this to the recipient of your choosing (or to yourself of course), to arrive for Christmas.

Here’s how it works.

Leave your name suggestion for this bouquet in the comments of this blog post (here) before Friday the 3rd of December 2010 (please remember to include your email address in the email field).  We will choose the top suggestions and then the public vote shall begin!  Voting will end on the 10th of December and the winner will not only have a bouquet which they have named, but also a lovely prize which they can send to anyone of their choice for Christmas.

The spoils.

The winner will be treated to a deluxe version of the bouquet (worth £60), a beautifully gift-wrapped box of delicious chocolates and a very cute and festive teddy bear.

Christmas Flowers Competition

Some handy hints.

There are no rules for the naming (however, we can’t call the bouquet something which is already being used, if you’d like to check the name hasn’t already been used please see our Christmas flowers), you can make it as silly or personal as you like.  To get you started:

  • Names including Christmas song titles work well
  • Puns and rhymes on Christmas themes are clever and catchy

Thinking caps on and…. Good Luck!

Our Terms and Conditions.

1. This competition is open to all nationals (over the age of 18), however delivery restricted to the UK, Belgium, France, Germany and the Netherlands only.

2. Period of promotion: Name Suggestions must be entered in the comments field below this post between Monday 22nd November 2010 until Friday 3rd December 2010, inclusive, UK time.  Arena Online Ltd reserves the right to revise this date and extend the period.

3. Voting on the short-list of names will start on the 3rd December and end at 16:00 GMT 10th December 2010, when the winner will be announced.

3. The winner will be awarded a deluxe version of the bouquet, 200g gift-wrapped luxury chocolates and a festive Christmas teddy bear.

4. The lucky nominees will have the suggestion submitted used on this site for purposes related to the competition, so please be happy with this before entering the competition.

5. If you have any questions or queries relating to this promotion, please contact our team via customer@arenaflowers.com.

6. If we believe anyone is abusing the promotion or seeking to defraud Arena Online Ltd we reserve the right, at our absolute discretion, to rescind this or any other offer without notice.  We believe in fairness.

7. The competition is as stated and there will be no alternative offer or cash substitute.

8. By entering the competition, customers will be deemed to be bound by and have accepted these terms and conditions.  Entrants must read and accept the website terms and conditions and privacy statement to be eligible.

9. By entering the competition you will automatically be signed up to the Arena newsletter, aimed at offering exclusive deals and promotions, we will not spam you.

10. English law applies and the English courts shall have exclusive jurisdiction over any proceedings in connection with this competition.

11. Arena Online Ltd reserves the right to vary these terms and conditions in the event of circumstances arising beyond its reasonable control.

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