Andrew Tumilty and sister Anna, of Sunnyfield Baskets in Liverpool, were awarded £5,600 from Morecambe & Lancashire Show Committee to visit Canadian growers of flower pouches after they hit difficulties with price points and retailers wanting to centralise supply.
Andrew Tumilty, who started the business 10 years ago, aged 16, said: "I heard there were growers in Canada supplying 50,000 pouches so I applied for a travel scholarship and got the largest grant anyone had ever won. We went in November for five weeks and visited Toronto, Niagara, Michigan and Florida."
He added that the application for the grant, held at Myerscough College, was "like Dragons' Den". He plans to relaunch the business for 2013 to supply jute flower pouches to garden centres and said he already has orders for 2013. "It's not an easy industry but we've been trading for 10 years now. Travelling to see overseas growers is the best thing we've done."
Tumilty applied through Young Farmers for the competition, which re-opens in February. See www.norbreck genetics.com/travel.