UK: Behind the scenes at Happy Plants in Formby

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Formby is full of fascinating people, including the members of one family with a growing passion for the environment.

Alan Porter is never quite sure what he’s going to find when he returns home from holiday. Last time he took a break with his wife, Katherine, his daughter and son had changed the name of their long-established family business.

Suddenly, Formby-based Porter’s Fuchsias had morphed into Happy Plants, a change which Natalie revealed to dad via a t-shirt bearing the new name. She and her brother decided the old name didn’t reflect a business selling a staggering 14,000,000 plants a year to garden centres throughout Britain when only a tiny percent were fuchsias.

Alan accepted the logic and the company, set over two sites totalling eleven acres, has since won national awards for excellence and innovation.


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