Kelly Jordan runs Charmaine of Southsea and describes what it is like to have a business on Albert Road
The fourth Daisy Chain Festival on Albert Road was held recently.
It is a creative family day for all ages with activities including performances as well as arts, crafts and gardening workshops. We had music, exhibitions, street art and market stalls.
I was one of the traders who initially got together with the Kings Theatre to create this family event.
We want people to come and visit Albert Road, and discover the different types of shops we have here.
We have more than just restaurants, pubs and curry houses.
We settled in our current shop eight years ago when I was offered the chance to own the florist.
It was a gamble my husband, Paul, and I nervously took at the time.
Today we can look back at how this has opened so many doors for our business.
I trained as a veterinary nurse in Bournemouth.
When I came home to Portsmouth looking for a job, nothing came up for eight months.
In desperation, I decided to take up a trainee post with a florist in Fareham.
The stint at Dorothy Grace Shop gave me all the skills and knowledge I needed to work in a florist and I found a job as an assistant at the shop on Albert Road.
When a new owner took over, I was made redundant. I worked at another florist for a couple of years before returning to the shop when another job became available.
Eventually we came to take over and own the shop. We built the business to what it is today.
We like Albert Road and I’m involved with the traders association here.
We set up the Daisy Chain Festival which is a lovely way to bring families out to enjoy the cafes, restaurants and the variety of shops represented on the road.
I also help charities whenever I can.
Being involved in the community helps our business.
We are so busy that we are taking on trainees.
I hope to give some young people the same chance I was given.
It is hard to get any jobs if you do not have any experience and a traineeship is a good way to start.
* Kelly Jordan owns Charmaine of Southsea on Albert Road.
She lives in Gosport with her husband Paul.