According to the well-known cliché, ‘life isn’t always a bed of roses’. But when your life revolves around growing and supplying the beautiful, fragrant flowers that have been revered worldwide for centuries, nothing could be further from the truth.
Nicky and Wade Mann have been cultivating roses of the highest quality since 1990, initially from the family farm in Zimbabwe. Political unrest and land reform policies in the country forced the Manns to flee their homeland in 2000 and begin a new life abroad. Following much research and deliberation, they decided to settle in Australia. With its winning combination of a good rose-growing climate, close proximity to Sydney and Newcastle, rapid rate of development and high standard of local infrastructure, the Central Coast seemed the ideal choice to establish their new rose growing facility. The rest, as they say, is history.
You need only take a look at the glowing testimonials on the Roses 2 Go website to appreciate why the Mann family has achieved such a long string of business awards in the relatively short time since commencing operations in January 2003. Announced Florist of the Year in 2007 and 2009 and nominated within the top 5 businesses on the Coast for the last 2 years, Nicky and Wade attribute the business’ success to their wonderful team as well as the loyalty of their many regular clients.
Initially supplying roses primarily to wholesalers, the Manns have built up the retail arm of the business to the point where today around 80% of sales are made directly to the public. This has occurred as a result of Nicky and Wade’s clear focus on their main point of difference to other floral retailers – roses of the highest quality supplied direct from the grower and guaranteed to last at least 7 days. Today the Manns have 3 retail outlets in operation - East Gosford, Killarney Vale and the Rose Farm Shop at Woongarrah.
In addition to serving clients (which she loves), Nicky manages the business, hosts the popular Rose Farm Tours that have been organised in conjunction with Central Coast Tourism, and is becoming an increasingly familiar face on the local motivational speaker circuit.
Attending her first Wild Fig Service Alliance meeting as Barbara Ketley’s guest, Nicky immediately noticed the very high standard of the group as a whole. Confessing that she tends be very selective when it comes to forming alliances with any of the numerous business groups on the Coast, Nicky made the following observation about her first experience with Wild Fig, “I knew straight away that I wanted to be part of this group as they are a totally different caliber of business partner.” Like the other members I have spoken to, Nicky also attends for reasons other than to gain new business referrals, “If I get new business out of it, then that’s a bonus. It’s being part of such a diverse group of people that’s important to me.”
Working to achieve her goal of a healthier work/life balance, every Sunday is now a day to spend enjoying some well-earned down time with husband Wade and their 3 children. After all, what good is success in business if you can’t take time out ‘to stop and smell the roses’?