Greg Hands sees ethical business in action at Flamingo Horticulture

Greg Hands at Flamingo Horticulture
Greg Hands and Nic Hailey visit Flamingo Horticulture. Photo: Twitter/UKinKenya

On the final day of his Kenya visit, UK trade minister Greg Hands visited Flamingo Horticulture, a UK financed business which sellingKenyan flowers around the globe.

The company, which is based in Stevenage in the UK, exports beautiful flowers and delicious vegetables from Kenya to the UK High Street, and employs over 6,000 Kenyans.

Flamingo Horticulture
So of the many employees of Flamingo Horticulture preparing flowers for overseas markets. Photo; Twitter/UKinKenya

Amazingly, it takes just 96 hours for the flowers to arrive on UK supermarket shelves after being picked. Among the high street names in the UK who stock Flamingo flowers are Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Marks and Spencer, Waitrose, Co-op, Wilko, Moonpig, Morrisons, Interflora and Next.

Accompanied by the UK High Commissioner to Kenya, Nic Hailey, Mr Hands toured some of their farms this morning, to see this ethical business in action.

Greg Hands at Flamingos
Greg Hands meets one of the Kenyan employees of Flamingos. Photo: Twitter/GregHands

Flamingo’s world-class farms in Africa are situated in Kenya (near Mt Kenya and Lake Naivasha) and in South Africa (near Johannesburg).

The Kenyan farms cover a combined total of 1,856 hectares. Situated on the equator at high altitude, Kenya offers ideal growing conditions for flowers and vegetables, with consistent temperatures and regular rainfall.

Among the Kenyan farms are Kingfisher and Flamingo in Naivasha, which grow roses, spray carnations, fillers and fresh produce, along with Ibis and Siraji at Mount Kenya which grow spray carnations, large headed roses, tenderstem, broccoli, fine beans, runner beans, sugar snaps mangetout, spring onions as well as a range of fresh herbs.

Greg Hands at Flamingo Horticulture
Some of the flowers being grown by Flamingo Horticulture. Photo: Twitter/UKinKenya

Tweeting after the visit, Mr Hands said: “Always good to see how Trade Policy & Trade Agreements have an impact on business. Here at Naivasha in Kenya, with Flamingo’s flowers & veg business, which has tariff-free & quota-free access to UK market.”