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A woman who started a florist featured on EastEnders is now turning over £500,000 a year

Anna Jenkins, who founded florist Silky Bouquet aged 22, has had her designs appear on hit soap EastEnders and is now making half a million pounds a year, helped by social media

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One of Anna Jenkins’ creations was used in EastEnders actress Tina Carter’s funeral scene

A woman who started a flower shop aged just 22 has grown it into a business that turns over £500,000 a year – and her flowers have even appeared on EastEnders.

Florist Anna Jenkins, now 34, founded Silky Bouquets in 2011 right after studying textiles at university.

As the name suggests, Silky Bouquets create handmade silk floral tributes.

The company makes them for events like weddings and baby showers, but Anna says funerals Here you can see most of her designs.

Customers ask her to create custom designs to remember their loved ones.

These include Elvis Presley Tributes as well as those inspired by the character Del Boy from the British sitcom Only Fools and Horses.

Her other funeral creations include Buzz Lightyear, Maltesers boxes, Peter Rabbit and Chanel lipstick designs.

But her most viewed designs were those featured on the hit soap opera EastEnders.







One of Silky Bouquets designs
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Anna made the floral tributes that appeared on the show when they were hugely popular Character Tina Carter died .

The designs, such as silk flowers forming the word ‘aunt’, were placed on the back of a multicolored hearse as Tina’s coffin was brought to her funeral.

Another more memorable request was a 15-foot name tag, which she called “obscene,” which took two and a half days to make and left her fingers bleeding for weeks.

Anna said a lot of her business comes from people seeing her designs on social media channels like Instagram, Facebook and TikTok and then reaching out.







Silky Bouquets makes everything you can imagine – even drum kits
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She added: “Most clients find us on social media and then call us to ask us to create something bespoke for them.

“Or younger people watch our Build a Bouquet with Me videos on TikTok and then visit our physical store.”

But Anna told it Small business lenders iwoca that using social media can be both a blessing and a curse for their business.







Jenkins’ company has also created floral designs inspired by Disney films such as the Cars series
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She added: “Anyone and everyone can interact with your pages, so it’s much easier to get into conflict with customers who – regardless of the level of service – want to damage your company’s reputation.

“They find many more such customers online because it’s so easy for them to immediately message or leave lasting comments, often unfair or untrue, for everyone to see.”

She said one example was when she made a bespoke car out of flowers with a license plate for a funeral.

But the customer who ordered the floral tribute said it never arrived – despite featuring in photos of the event on social media.

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