New E-Commerce Web-Site Live Today.

New E-Commerce Web-Site Live Today.

www.LamberdeBie.ie

Our new e-commerce site is live.

Lamber de Bie Flowers is launching their new e-commerce website today to the World Wide Web.

From our website you are able to order flowers for delivery anywhere in Ireland, Northern Ireland and anywhere in the UK for next day delivery.

For delivery to anywhere else please contact us and we will be delighted to look after your needs.

After lots of preparations we are proud to introduce you to our new 24/7 online store. At www.lamberdebie.ie you will be able to shop from a large, and ever growing selection of flowers, bouquets and arrangements for every occasion.

We promise all our online customers the same attention to detail as well as the same approach of 100% satisfaction guaranteed for all our customers as well as for those lucky recipients of our flowers as we have been doing over the past 10 years in our 3 retail stores in Waterford as well as in Kilkenny.

Approx. one year ago I followed a number of courses in web design, not with the intention of creating our own but to make sure we would find the right partners in creating our new online flower web site.

12 Years ago we launched out first web-site and have learned trough trail and error, some times they were expensive lessons and other times, often with the help of friends we improved our than web presence.

This time, wanting to create e modern E-commerce site, we chose to work with a Waterford based company called Smartweb to whom I was introduced by Gavin Dixon. We have been using Gavin’s Company “BITS”(Business IT Solutions) for many years.

I met first with Eugene Silov, from Smartweb early this spring. The first number of meetings were about the layout and content required and that meant that I spent hours and days looking at websites from florists and other online product sellers. There was a lot of R&D (Rob & Duplicate) as well as finding solutions on how to implement our own ideas.

Our website is developed so that I control the input all products, descriptions and price as well as most other content. This was, and will be very time consuming but will be the only way I can guarantee that the site will be up to date always.

As our web site is now live our next step is to create a suitable google-adwords campaign in order to drive more traffic to our site as well as discussing further plans with Eugene for our site as I believe any store needs to be updated to keep it fresh.

We are 10 years in retail at the end of this month and I know that this is only possible trough constant improvement on the stores, services and products, this same approach we will use towards our online sales of flowers.

On our new site you will also find a selection of photos of wedding flowers we are creating. These will be continuously updated.

If anyone needs help with the development of an online store I would be more than happy to recommend Eugene from Smartweb. I look forward to working with both Bits & Smartweb in the future to constantly improve our service.

We sincerely look forward to any comments on how we can make the experience of shopping at our online store better.

Send us your comments to info@lamberdebie.com .

Web Design Smartweb Waterford Ireland

Premier IT Support Solutions – BITS South East Ireland

Lamber de Bie.

Dutch Master Florist

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ARE FLOWERS AND PLANTS A WASTE OF MONEY?

ARE FLOWERS AND PLANTS A WASTE OF MONEY?
Are flowers and plants a waste of money?
ArticleReader Comments By Rhys Timson
Sep 10, 2010
Flowers in offices are not a waste of money
Another month, another politician citing spending on cut flowers and plants as an example of waste.

This time, it’s communities secretary Eric Pickles, and his target is the Audit Commission, a government body set up to monitor local government spending. Mr Pickles thinks that the organisation’s bill of £40,000 a year for pot plants for its offices makes it a “creature of the Whitehall state” and an example of spendthrift government departments and QUANGOs.

The head of the Audit Commission, Michael O’Higgins, explained that the £40,000 breaks down to £20 a week over the organisation’s 37 offices. This doesn’t actually sound like a lot of money to me, especially when you consider the effect greenery around the office can have on employees. But Mr Pickles, and many of the newspapers, haven’t let the facts get in the way of a good story or, indeed, their political agendas.

If Mr Pickles cared to investigate the subject, he’d find that, time and time again, research has shown that flowers and plants in offices have a positive effect on employees that’s well worth the money spent on them.

Forexample, workplace absenteeism costs the UK £16.8bn a year and research by Plants for People has shown plants in offices can cut that absenteeism by a quarter.

Further, research by growers’ union Air So Pure has confirmed that plants purify the air, reducing the levels of toxins which can cause sickness and ill-health in offices.

So, if the government really wants to save money, it would be well advised not to make a scapegoat of spending on pot plants or cut flowers. They are not a luxury. They are not a waste. They are vital component of any productive, healthy office. They clean the air, they brighten the place up and they improve the mood of employees.

In all, cut flowers and pot plants in offices will save the government money over the long term. But the long term never looks so good in the headlines does it?

Ireland’s Top50 stores

Retail Excellence Ireland Awards 2010 –

announcement of

Ireland’s Top50 stores

Wednesday 6th October 2010 –  Retail Excellence Ireland have today announced the Top50 stores in Ireland as part of the Retail Excellence Ireland Awards in association with the Sunday Independent to be held at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Galway in November. The awards will be attended by over 500 representatives of the Irish retail industry and hosted by Miriam O’Callaghan.

Established by industry group, Retail Excellence Ireland (REI), the awards recognise and reward the highest standards of excellence across the entire retail industry – not just one particular sector.

Chief Executive of Retail Excellence Ireland, David Fitzsimons, said: “This year the standard of stores did not fail to impress with a very high calibre turnout of applicants.  In spite of the challenging trading conditions this year, we still received more than 400 entries from across the country, which proves how important these awards are to store owners and their employees. To achieve a Top50 award these stores have proven that they are vigorously investing in their businesses and their people and remain true to what is best about Irish retail” he said.

The rigorous selection process involves a mystery customer visiting each entered store to complete a full visit report, which is initially narrowed down to a ‘Top 100’ list.  A fully trained retail assessor then conducts a thorough store assessment, which added to photographic evidence results in the selection of the Top50 stores in Ireland.

About Retail Excellence Ireland

Retail Excellence Ireland is the not-for-profit organisation representing more than 600 companies – 8,000 retail stores – more than one third of the total store numbers in the Republic of Ireland. REI’s members collectively employ approximately 100,000 people across all retail sectors ranging from pharmacy and fashion, to grocery and homeware.

For more information:

David Fitzsimons, Retail Excellence Ireland

Ph. 065 6846927

3 Store Main Street Wexford
Adrian Dunne Pharmacy Main Street Portarlington Laois
Alchemist Earth Sarsfield Street Limerick
Appleby Dublin Johnsons Court Grafton Street Dublin
Applegreen Killeshin Portlaoise Laois
Arboretum Lifestyle & Garden Centre Kilkenny Road Leighlinbridge Carlow
Ardkeen Quality Food Store Dunmore Road Waterford
Butler’s Chocolate Café Liffey Street Dublin
Carraig Donn MacDonagh Junction Kilkenny
Champion Sports Dundrum Town Centre Dublin
Cleary’s Pharmacy Main Street Skibbereen Cork
Corry’s Foodhall & Café Station Road Loughrea Galway
Daintree Paper Camden Street Dublin
Debenhams Mahon Point Shopping Centre Cork
DocMorris Lower Rathmines Road Dublin
Donnybrook Fair Morehampton Road Donnybrook Dublin
Egans Opticians Lavitts Quay Cork
Elverys Sports Dundrum Town Centre Dublin
Esquire Coffee House Tesco Retail Park Carrick on Shannon Leitrim
Fresh – The Good Food Market Grand Canal Square Dublin
Heffernan Fine Foods Market Square Ballina Mayo
Howards Storage World The Park Carrickmines Dublin
Hugh Maguire Craft Butchers Ashbourne Shopping Centre Meath
Il Valentino Gallery Quay Grand Canal Habour Dublin
Instore Spruce Avenue Sandyford Dublin
Lamber De Bie Flowers Ormonde Street Kilkenny
McArdle Meats Charlestown Shopping Centre Finglas Dublin
McElhinneys of Ballybofey Main Street Ballybofey Donegal
Medicare Superquinn Shopping Centre Castletroy Limerick
Molloys Fine Foods Abbeytown Roscommon
Mulligans Pharmacy Summerhill Centre Tramore Waterford
Nolan Butchers of Kilcullen Main Street Kilcullen Kildare
O2 Grafton Street Dublin
O’Briens Wines, Beer & Spirits Sandymount Road Dublin
Orchard Home and Garden Dublin Road Celbridge Kildare
Pamela Scott Bedford Row Limerick
PC World Jervis Street Shopping Centre Jervis Street Dublin
Phamacy First Plus Carraig Laoi Grenagh Cork
Portwest Suffolk Street Dublin
Sam McCauley Chemist Market Square Bunclody Wexford
Sienna Home Furnishings Tramore Road Business Park Waterford
Spar Merrion Row Dublin
Superquinn Knocklyon Road Knocklyon Dublin
The Food Store Silverbridge Claremorris Mayo
The Kilkenny Shop Emmet Place Cork
The Loop at Dublin Airport Dublin Airport Dublin
TileStyle Ballymount Retail Park Dublin
Tony Kealys Northside Retail Park Coolock Drive Dublin
Topaz Font Hill Road Clondalkin Dublin
Weir & Son Jewellers Grafton Street Dublin

LAMBER DE BIE FLOWERS – FINALIST IN RETAIL EXCELLENCE IRL. 2010

WE DID IT AGAIN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Friday September 17th, 2010.

We are very proud to announce that Lamber de Bie Flowers have once again made it into the final for the best store of the year award by Retail Excellence Ireland.

On two previous occasions we received the winning award for best small store of the country, once for our Waterford store and once for our Kilkenny store.

With celebrating our 10 years in retail next month this is “The Icing on the Cake” to be placed once again in the final by the experts in retail from Retail Excellence Ireland.

The wait is now starting for the official awards ceremony this November in the Raddisson Hotel in Galway. !!!!

We are very grateful, especially to the team of Lamber de Bie Flowers that understand as we do that there is always room for improvement as well as their understanding for customer service and top quality flowers and creations.

I would like to take this opertunity to congratulate and wish every succes to our fellow finalists. Especially to the other 5 stores in our category and also to our friends of Arboretum lifestyle & Garden Centre. May the best one win on the night !!!!

An enormous thank you goes out to all our wonderful customers that inspired us over the past 10 years to be our best for them.

Below you find the list of all finalists in the Retail Excellence Ireland awards for 2010.

Lamber de Bie

Dutch Master Florist

Retail Excellence Ireland Store of the Year Finalists 2010

Best Small Store

Alchemist Earth Sarsfield Street, Limerick

Butler’s Chocolate Café Liffey Street, Dublin

Daintree Paper Camden Street, Dublin

Il Valentino Grand Canal Habour, Dublin

Lamber De Bie Flowers Ormonde Street, Kilkenny

McArdle Meats Charlestown Shopping Centre, Dublin

Best Medium Store

Corry’s Foodhall & Café Loughrea, Galway

DocMorris Lower Rathmines Road, Dublin

Hugh Maguire Craft Butchers Ashbourne Shopping Centre, Meath

Molloys Fine Foods Abbeytown, Roscommon

O2  Grafton Street, Dublin

O’Briens Wines, Beer & Spirits  Sandymount Road, Dublin

Best Large Store

Carraig Donn MacDonagh Junction, Killkenny

Howards Storage World The Park, Carrickmines, Dublin

PC World Jervis Shopping Centre, Dublin

Portwest Suffolk Street, Dublin

The Kilkenny Shop Emmet Place, Cork

Mulligans Pharmacy Tramore, Waterford

Best Xtra-large Store

Champion Sports Dundrum Town Centre, Dublin

Donnybrook Fair Morehampton Road, Dublin

Instore Spruce Avenue, Stillorgan, Dublin

Orchard Home and Garden Celbridge, Co. Kildare

Pamela Scott Bedford Row, Limerick

Weir & Son Jewellers Grafton Street, Dublin

Best Super Store

Arboretum Lifestyle & Garden Centre Kilkenny Road, Carlow

Debenhams Mahon Point Shopping Centre, Cork

McElhinneys of Ballybofey Ballybofey, Donegal

Superquinn Knocklyon, Dublin

The Loop at Dublin Airport, Dublin Dublin Airport, Dublin

TileStyle  Ballymount Retail Park, Dublin


EVENING HERALD Thursday 9 September 2010

FEATURES

A DAY IN THE LIFE….

FLORAL DANCE:

Lamber de Bie dashes between his workshop in Thomastown and shops in Waterford and Kilkenny.

FLOWER
POWER

FLORIST LAMBER DE BIE TELLS CONOR DE LION ABOUT MINDING HIS OWN BLOOMING BUSINESS

MONDAY morning starts early with the arrival of a lorry-load of flowers from Holland. They arrive at about 6am at the workshop witch is near our house in Thomastown. We check the order, put the flowers in vases and store them in a cold room. By 9am we have the van loaded up for delivery to our two stores in Waterford and one in Kilkenny. We buy direct from Holland and pay the daily auction price, plus a commission to our agent. Once the van has left, I get to have breakfast, usually at around 10am.

After the rush of the early morning, I spend a few quiet hours in the office. I deal with email enquiries, mostly about weddings. Our wedding season has definitely got longer in recent years. It stretches trough the whole summer and even takes in some of the spring and autumn. On top of that Christmas and New Years weddings are becoming very popular.

Tuesday is our quietest day and if I get time off this will be it, which is nice because Wednesday morning is our busiest time of the week. This is when we get our main delivery for the week – these are all our wedding flowers and retail stock for the weekend. Because it’s such a big delivery,it’s all hands on deck. The Van delivers to our two shops in Waterford and I take care of Kilkenny.

When I get to the shop, I pitch in to condition, clean and present the blooms. Last Wednesday, there were around 35 orders waiting to be made. Many of them were wrist corsages for debs. Young guys have become a lot more romantic in recent years, asking for specific colours and flowers. They often buy a bouquet for their date’s mother, too.

CONFIDENT

We definitely see more men walk into our shops than we did when we opened 10 years ago. Irish men are a lot more confident about buying flowers and there’s no shame in walking down the street with a colourful bunch for your partner.

Thursday is usually the day to meet the weekend bride. This week I’m doing the church and Marquee for a Waterford wedding. The marquee is in the mother of the groom’s garden so she’ll be meeting us, too. Sometimes it’s tricky to keep everyone happy!

I spend most Fridays doing the arrangements for a wedding the following day, and Saturday morning is an early start to get the bouquets and buttonholes to the bridal party, not to mention decorating the church and venue.

I have to place my order for the following week before lunchtime on Sunday, but I allow myself to have a rest after the business of Saturday before I set my mind to that task.

I’ve noticed a few new occasions where flowers are in demand in recent years. March 8, International Woman’s Day, is a popular celebration among eastern Europeans. They also buy for name days, witch are almost as important as birthdays.

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http://www.lamberdebie.com

Wedding Master Class with Tara Fay

A Wedding Masterclass for brides Lough Eske Castle Hotel,

Sunday 26th and Monday 27th September

Ireland’s top celebrity wedding planner Tara Fay to show brides how to plan

the perfect day.

Workshops and demonstrations by Lamber de Bie – Dutch Master Florist.


Lough Eske Castle, which was recently voted the Irish Wedding Venue of the Year by Irish brides, will

provide brides-to-be with the opportunity to learn from the wedding planner celebrities turn to.

The stunning hotel – Donegal‟s only five-star hotel and winner of the World‟s Best Luxury Country Hotel

2009 – has teamed up with Ireland‟s top wedding planner Tara Fay to deliver a two-day Wedding

Masterclass that will cover the A-Z of wedding planning.

A range of specialist talks and workshops will be given to brides-to-be by some of the top wedding service

providers in Ireland, including bridal fashion from Sharon Hoey, hair and beauty by Michael Leong and Zoe

Clark, photography by John Ryan, floristry by Lamber de Bie as well as food and wine, ceremonies,

stationery, cakes, jewellery, honeymoon advice and the all important first dance.

The masterclass will begin with a champagne reception and talk from Tara Fay on all the requirements for

planning the perfect wedding.  Award winning fashion designer Sharon Hoey will then follow with a bridal

fashion workshop before the Lough Eske Castle Executive Chef and Sommelier host a dinner presented in

the style of a wedding breakfast and share their food and wine expertise.

Day two comprises a series of workshops covering a range of topics as well as one-to-one consultations

with the top industry specialists.  The event concludes with a „first dance‟ workshop and afternoon tea and

wedding cake.

Andrew Turner, General Manager of Lough Eske Castle said that this event is the first of its kind to be held

in Ireland and has been designed to provide all brides-to-be with access to the very best of advice and

helpful hints and tips.  “Every bride wants and deserves the perfect wedding and as the top wedding venue

in Ireland, we wanted to do something to help brides-to-be create their dream day. The inspiration for the

Wedding Masterclass came from our own Lough Eske Castle brides, many of whom said they would have

really valued the opportunity to attend an event of this type.

“Organising a wedding is often a daunting task for brides-to-be. This two-day masterclass aims to help

brides take the pressure off the process by pointing them in the right direction helping them to plan their

perfect day while learning from the best in the business.  Each bride-to-be is free to select the workshops

which best meet her needs and she can make appointments to talk with the industry specialists privately on

the day.

“We‟re delighted to be partnering with Tara Fay.  As the leading wedding planner in Ireland, she has a

wealth of expertise and experience to share with brides-to-be, whether that is for planning small intimate or

larger weddings.  Tara will be hosting a number of talks throughout the two days and will also have time to

spend with brides on an individual basis.”

Celebrity wedding planner Tara Fay, who has planned more than 1,000 weddings, said that the wedding

masterclass will be invaluable to brides at every stage of the planning process.  “This event is about giving

brides-to-be the confidence and the ability to plan the day of their dreams no matter how big or small and

irrespective of budget.  Brides often find themselves bewildered by advice from family and friends and

sometimes need to take time out to think about what they truly want and then how to achieve it within

budget.  This masterclass aims to provide just that along with a chance to talk individually with each of the

speakers who will work with the brides-to-be to identify the things that will personalize their wedding and

make it a real day to remember.”

All brides-to-be and their guests are welcome to attend the event for one or both of the days.  Tickets for

both days, including one night‟s accommodation for two people sharing a deluxe guestroom including

breakfast, are priced at €175 per person sharing; or €250 per person sharing for both days and two night‟s

accommodation.  One-day only attendance (Sunday or Monday) is priced at €75 per person, per day.

To find out more or to book a place, please contact Lough Eske Castle Hotel on 074 97 251 00 or visit

http://www.solislougheskecastle.ie

Dutch Master Florist

Dutch flower art, brief history

This page contains following subjects:

  • History
  • Fast development
  • Styles today

History

The Dutch flower art is based on a strong structure of education. For more than a century flower art courses are given. Diplomas in levels from basic till Dutch master florist have a strong tradition. This means the Dutch florist and his staff can have a good education, to do a good job. In the Netherlands there are courses for almost the start of twentieth century. The florist association is taken exams since 1926. There are many styles coming from the past often created with many flowers like Biedermeier style, Mille fleur style, classical one sided triangular style, as well all kind of hand tied bouquets, cascade forms and so on. Since 1960 there is a big change after the Floriade flower exhibition in Rotterdam. New styles like linear, parallel and elegant open designs became slowly popular. Because of the use of a new product ‘Oasis foam’ it was easier than ever before to create a nice flower arrangement. Creative designers developed all kind of new mechanics and styles. A few examples: decorative, vegetative, linear, parallel, neo-cascade, floral objects, and of course al kind of free style experiments. The life of a florist became more interesting and creative.

Fast development

The development in flower art go as fast as never before. We cannot permit ourselves to stand still. Trends, mechanics, design, color and the use of materials are in dynamic movement. New is in the focus. It is an exiting time for the creative floral artist. The Netherlands develop many trends. The Dutch flower art is based on a good education system. The highest level is Dutch master in flower art. or ‘Erkend bloemsierkunstenaar’ (Proeve). De SOB/EFDA takes exams. VBW/SOB are doing this since1926.

Styles today

Nowadays there are a wide variety of styles and variations in flower art in the Netherlands. We see a huge collection of accessories, equipment and mechanics to make it possible to create all we want. Mechanics like bindings, constructions, frames and gluing are changing flower art dramatically. The influence of general design elements like color and composition play a great role in the individual work of the florist. Of course the Dutch have a good eye for the development in trends in interior, fashion and architecture. Art developments, the view of trend watchers are an important element in the actual style of flower arrangement. Besides this it is also more important to have a good presentation of the arrangements. Finally a flower arrangement must have a function in a setting in an interior, by a party, by a wedding or funeral. As we can see the trends are developing in different directions in the same way as trends in the interior.

The variety of flower arrangements is very wide. We still see as most important the hand tied bouquet, arrangements with many flowers, but also single flowers in a nice vase. Often also in a group together. Exotic flowers like Zantedeschia, Anthurium, Heliconia, Strelitzia give a special effect in a contrast with other materials. The power of the little accent in the interior is popular. But a big part of the customers is still a lover of blooming bouquets and arrangements. In Holland we have since a few years a special design team for trend presentation, we call it the impulse team. It is organized by the Dutch florist association. Important is also the trend promotion done by the Dutch Flower Council. Twice a year they publish a few trends, based on the result of the ideas of trend watchers.

Finally the florist must consider how he can develop a more own personal style and identity in his shop. More important in the future will be to set the trends by us, an individual style. We must not always follow, but create by ourselves. This means that education and permanent training is the key to success.

Newest development in The Netherlands is Environmentally friendly flower design, introduced by Aad van Uffelen in 2002.

Contemporary hand tied bouquet, Aad van Uffelen.

Floral masters from the Netherlands travel since many years around the globe to demonstrate, teach and inform. The Dutch diplomas of flower art will guarantee further development and beauty of flower arrangement. More and more schools and countries want to start these Dutch courses.

Lamber de Bie, Dutch Master Florist

Lamber de Bie,

Dutch Master Florist.

http://www.lamberdebie.com