Fuel prices hitting hard on businesses

Daily Echo: Proprietor of The Flower Shop in Eastleigh High Street Lee Ackerman with one of his vans and employees, left to right, Natasha Barker, Abi Jurd, Shelley Read and Caroline Henley. Proprietor of The Flower Shop in Eastleigh High Street Lee Ackerman with one of his vans and employees, left to right, Natasha Barker, Abi Jurd, Shelley Read and Caroline Henley.

THEY’RE out on the road every day – delivering romantic gestures and birthday greetings all over Hampshire.

But as the Daily Echo launches the Don’t Be a Fuel Fool campaign, small businesses in the region such as florists have revealed the true impact of the petrol price hike.

Not only are transport and delivery costs rising at a rate that companies can hardly keep up with, but people are also cutting down on the luxuries that keep many businesses afloat.

Lee Ackerman, joint owner of The Flower Shop, which is based in Bitterne, says they’re experiencing a double squeeze.

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He said: “The increase in fuel prices means we’re having to absorb additional costs into the business – we can’t put up the delivery charges in what remains challenging economic times.

“But we’re finding the business is being impacted in two ways; firstly our deliveries are costing more and secondly people have less money to spend.

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“If people are having to spend more on fuel, flowers are a luxury and there’s inevitably going to be an effect on our business, with people buying less flowers.

“I think something has got to be done – the Government has really got to think about not going ahead with increasing fuel duty because things are getting out of hand.”

Small companies that offer limousine rides or weddings cars are facing a similar problem.

Chris Porter, owner of Active 8 Limos, based in Southampton, says he has to do another job to make ends meet.

He said: “It’s ridiculous – at the garage near me the signs showing the price are like fruit machines – changing all the time.

“I would really like to do the limos full time but due to the prices, people just aren’t using them as much as they used to.

“It’s really affecting my profits.”

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6:03pm Fri 11 Mar 11

DigbertK says...

Back in my day, petrol was proper petrol - know what I mean? It had lead in it, and it was a lot stronger. "The environment", eh? Don't make me laugh.
Back in my day, petrol was proper petrol - know what I mean? It had lead in it, and it was a lot stronger. "The environment", eh? Don't make me laugh. DigbertK
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12:47am Sat 12 Mar 11

Pikey Pete says...

But...The customer who orders the flowers and pays for the delivery cost.
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Is the person who PAYS. For the extra cost of the fuel.
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Why is the florist moaning.? It should not affect his business anyway.
But...The customer who orders the flowers and pays for the delivery cost. . Is the person who PAYS. For the extra cost of the fuel. . Why is the florist moaning.? It should not affect his business anyway. Pikey Pete
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12:45pm Sat 12 Mar 11

moocowpoorchick says...

Pikey Pete wrote:
But...The customer who orders the flowers and pays for the delivery cost.
.
Is the person who PAYS. For the extra cost of the fuel.
.
Why is the florist moaning.? It should not affect his business anyway.
Pikey Pete, Most florists use interflora which to keep costs down for the end user will shave the profits off the supplier, There is alot of profit but unfortunately Interflora bags a good whack of it leaving the florist wondering why they bother. Its worth bearing that in mind next time you want some flowers delivered to a loved one, use google to find the nearest florist and call them direct.
[quote][p][bold]Pikey Pete[/bold] wrote: But...The customer who orders the flowers and pays for the delivery cost. . Is the person who PAYS. For the extra cost of the fuel. . Why is the florist moaning.? It should not affect his business anyway.[/p][/quote]Pikey Pete, Most florists use interflora which to keep costs down for the end user will shave the profits off the supplier, There is alot of profit but unfortunately Interflora bags a good whack of it leaving the florist wondering why they bother. Its worth bearing that in mind next time you want some flowers delivered to a loved one, use google to find the nearest florist and call them direct. moocowpoorchick
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11:35pm Sat 12 Mar 11

DigbertK says...

moocowpoorchick wrote:
Pikey Pete wrote: But...The customer who orders the flowers and pays for the delivery cost. . Is the person who PAYS. For the extra cost of the fuel. . Why is the florist moaning.? It should not affect his business anyway.
Pikey Pete, Most florists use interflora which to keep costs down for the end user will shave the profits off the supplier, There is alot of profit but unfortunately Interflora bags a good whack of it leaving the florist wondering why they bother. Its worth bearing that in mind next time you want some flowers delivered to a loved one, use google to find the nearest florist and call them direct.
I dunno, why pay to send flowers by interflora when you can just pick them in the park and wrap them up in a carrier bag? It's the thought that counts, not the money you spend.
[quote][p][bold]moocowpoorchick[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Pikey Pete[/bold] wrote: But...The customer who orders the flowers and pays for the delivery cost. . Is the person who PAYS. For the extra cost of the fuel. . Why is the florist moaning.? It should not affect his business anyway.[/p][/quote]Pikey Pete, Most florists use interflora which to keep costs down for the end user will shave the profits off the supplier, There is alot of profit but unfortunately Interflora bags a good whack of it leaving the florist wondering why they bother. Its worth bearing that in mind next time you want some flowers delivered to a loved one, use google to find the nearest florist and call them direct.[/p][/quote]I dunno, why pay to send flowers by interflora when you can just pick them in the park and wrap them up in a carrier bag? It's the thought that counts, not the money you spend. DigbertK
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