There was a really creative environment, where they encouraged everyone to get involved and bounce ideas of each other which I found inspiring.
Hello, my name is Heidi Webster, I am 33, I studied a BTEC in 3D Design at South Essex College and this is my story.
What I really enjoyed about studying at the College was the variety of the things that were going on there. There was a really creative environment, where they encouraged everyone to get involved and bounce ideas of each other which I found inspiring.
Since I left the College in 2000 I went on to De Montford University in Leicester where I studied Interior Design and Fine Art but I never really found what I wanted to do there. I knew that I wanted do something creative that involved 3D and someone suggested floristry which I thought at the time was incredibly old-fashioned and for old people. I went to a flower show and fell in love with it. I was desperate to get out and work having studying for quite some time and got myself a position as an apprentice florist. Within a year I was manager of a floristry shop and from there I was given the opportunity to become the assistant floral design manager at the Savoy Hotel in London where I was part of their big reopening team.
I wanted a change and went into teaching at a college in North London where I taught professional floristry and hobby courses. Alongside that I also wanted to continue to do my own thing so I set up my own business called Made you Look Flowers. I specialise in weddings, events and all types of floristry and I absolutely love it. I am still involved with south Essex College and recently did a talk about the reality of running your own business to the enterprise students.
I think that studying at South Essex College really did prepare me for studying further, there was a lot of help and encouragement if you wanted to progress. They were also really encouraging if you felt that that wasn’t the route for you and wanted to go out into the workplace.
My proudest moment is definitely creating bouquet for the Queen. I have a photograph of her holding those flowers and a newspaper cutting where the journalist says how much she really loved them, wouldn’t put them down and took them away with her. It was just a little posy of English flowers and seeing the Queen holding them was fantastic.