It’s a model that’s working: the business has grown from its origins in Covent Garden flower market – where Gelbard and Co-Founder Ben Stanway rented a space by the hour – to a team of 60 which has had to move offices four times as the company expands. “We have seen really rapid growth in our revenue and the number of deliveries we make,” he says. “It’s been a really exciting growth trajectory.”
Like any company experiencing similar growth, Gelbard values the importance of a bank he can rely on. “We’ve been with Barclays since the day we set up. They really understand the venture-backed start-up landscape and what it’s like to be a company expanding at our pace.”
Adam Crickmar, the Barclays Relationship Director who has supported Bloom & Wild’s growth, expands on the partnership: “We do the day-to-day banking for them, but as with a lot of fast-growing businesses, we need to move quickly to be able to support them.
“Barclays is interested in customers like Bloom & Wild because they’re exciting and innovative. We like to support fast-growing businesses and entrepreneurs wherever possible – we see them as the future of the UK economy.”