April Bell – winner of ‘Advanced Apprentice of the Year’ at the Yorkshire and Humberside National Apprenticeship Awards in 2015 – has purchased the business where she began her career.

April, from Hillsborough, Sheffield, began working for Monica F Hewitt Florists over 10 years ago on a work experience placement. Starting as an Apprentice Florist Assistant, April thrived and was soon producing work to a professional standard. She quickly worked her way up to take on a multitude of roles including trainee manager, wedding coordinator, corporate coordinator, training supervisor and demonstrator.

Whilst working, April also gained qualifications in Floristry, Retail and Retail Skills Management, Business and Administration and was awarded Apprentice of the Year at Retail Week’s Rising Star Awards back in 2011.

Now Manager of the business, April has been able to purchase the business with help from 7Legal and Finance, the South Yorkshire-based business which offers clients both legal and financial advice.

April said: “I really can’t believe how far I’ve come. From having a tough time at school and starting my apprenticeship to now managing and owning the business, it is just a dream come true. Trading for over 40 years, Monica F Hewitt Florists has a reputation for excellence across the city and a foundation of regular customers. I am keen to build on this in the future and it is my greatest honour to carry on the legacy that is Monica F Hewitt.”

Samantha Sellars, Solicitor at 7Legal and Finance, said:  “What a fantastic success story to be a part of.  7Legal and Finance were delighted to be able to advise April on the purchase of the business and we wish her every success for the future.”

April said: “From my first meeting with 7Legal and Finance, they have managed the whole process, initially negotiating the deal with the current owners through to completing the legal paperwork. Their support has been fantastic in a process that I have no experience of”.

7Legal and Finance is authorised by the Law Society under the Alternative Business Structure process.  The business offers a range of services including corporate sales and purchases, business restructuring and turnaround, property transactions, litigation services, insolvency advice and funding support.

April was also supported by Pam Goodison, Investment Manager at Finance for Enterprise, who provided a Start Up Loan, and Yorkshire Bank.

Photo captions: Samantha Sellars (Solicitor at 7Legal and Finance), April Bell (Manager at Monica F Hewitt Florists) and Matt Milnes (Associate at 7Legal and Finance).