About Us

Our Story

The Urban Flower Firm (TUFF) was established in East London in 2000. We provide flowers for the working environment, private homes, weddings and for a variety of events. Our inspiration comes from nature, fashion, art and architecture. We are constantly searching for new ideas and innovations. Above all we love how flowers lift the soul and make people smile. Since 2013 we have operated from a large studio in Bermondsey.

How we work

Our Approach

Our approach is contemporary, but we have the skills and expertise to provide a range of styles as required and spend time with clients to find out exactly what they are looking for. We are a small and friendly team and our clients benefit from our many years of experience.

Who we are

Our Team

Each of us are passionate about flowers, and the joy they can bring to any occasion. Meet our awesome team:

Mark Upton

Mark Upton

Creative Director

Mark has been fascinated by flowers since childhood, starting work in a flower shop at the age of 15. Later during a three year stint at horticultural college, Mark learnt floristry techniques and gained a vast knowledge of flowers and foliage. He worked for Jane Packer Flowers for over 10 years, teaching her ethos at her internationally renowned school of flowers.

Wanting to develop his own style, Mark launched The Urban Flower Firm (TUFF) in 2000. Travel, exploring landscapes and a love of nature’s ever-changing colours are inspirations for Mark. His approach is to push floral boundaries and he enjoys the challenge of bringing something fresh and exciting to the party.

Adam Knights

Adam Knights

General Manager

Adam joined The Urban Flower Firm in 2013 where he re skilled as a florist as he previously worked in the arts sector. Adam trained as a painter and worked in the creative field most of his career. On a day to day basis Adam mainly runs the office at TUFF and deals with quotations, venue liaison, weddings and manages TUFFs web and social media presence.

Interior, art and fashion are big influences in Adam’s work and a love of nature and colour inspires his event planning and wedding decoration.
When you enquire about your event or wedding – we like to start from a blank slate so that your ideas can inspire Adam and he can work alongside you to make the most effective displays to fit your needs. This is where he’s creativity and experience plays a big role TUFF.

Laura Powell White

Laura Powell White

Office & Finance Manager

Laura has worked at The Urban Flower Firm since April 2017.

Laura has always had a background in office administration and accounts but has worked with many different types of companies. From architects, to football statistic companies and property management and development. Laura originally trained as a Baker at The National Bakery School and was looking for a more creative based company to join and TUFF was the perfect fit.

Laura plays the roles in our more admin side of the business of office manager and accounts. Laura will usually be your first point of contact when you enquire with us about an event or wedding and then is able to direct your enquiry to either Adam or Mark.

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