Mum sets up dream career at 50!

29 Jun 2023


Kay Shields has always had a passion for floristry, and now has finally decided to give her dream career a go. After setting up Newton Blooms in April 2022 and receiving a positive and warm welcome from the local community, it goes to show, you are never too old to follow your dreams.

A business based at home, Kay felt she was doing something she loved which could fit around her lifestyle and children, and after living in Newton-Le-Willows all her life, she began reaching out and making links with local businesses within the community which she is now heavily involved with.

The former Business School Manager was able to access the New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) Scheme and felt it was the right time to revisit her long lost hobby and set up her floristry business. Newton Blooms offer arrangements in both fresh and artificial flowers for various occasions and bouquets available to order.

Kay has built a relationship with Fika Coffee and Home in Newton-Le-Willows and sells bouquets from both premises. Over previous months Kay has started flower arrangement workshops in Newton Sports Club, with the next one planned for December to learn how to make Christmas wreaths.

Kay said, “Changing my career and starting my own floristry at 50 was a scary step for me, I considered the change for some time, but never had the confidence or belief in myself, especially at my age.

“But with the help and support from other, and a change of my own thinking and attitude, I was able to take that first step towards my career change and developing as a businesswoman in my local community”.

Kay added, “You are never too told to change things, and by doing the right things, the right things will happen. You can develop yourself, your career, and your passions on whatever you set your mind too.”