Local Business Heroes - Aster la Vista

Bespoke floral decorations for events and the home, with a discount for Colchester Life cardholders... Wait, have we missed Mother's Day?!

Gwyn Bilby was made redundant two years ago, but rather than feeling sorry for herself she decided to use her new found freedom to retrain in her real love of floristry. And voila, Aster la Vista was born (and let's face it, who doesn't love a flower-based pun? No? Ok, take it or leaf it. No, really, I don't want to be the bud of jokes. OK, I'll stop now, once and floral). 

Gwyn loves providing beautiful floral decorations for events, weddings and the home:

She also hires out event props and makes gorgeous bespoke bunting - perfect for a party or quirky celebration. In fact, Gwyn is one busy lady. She runs Vadact, a historical reenactment society that brings history to life with an extensive static & interactive display of medical and home front items from, and used during the war years.  And she's a talented photographer - check out her very cool steampunk images in particular at Beyond the Image. Gwyn has struck a great balance of doing the things she loves.

However, it hasn't been an easy journey in some respects - Gwyn was diagnosed with breast cancer while she was studying, and had to undergo surgery and chemotherapy while she set up her business. For this reason Gwyn donates 20% of her profits to Breast Cancer UK.

And if that weren't enough reason to use Aster la Vista for all your floristry needs, Gwyn is offering Colchester Life cardholders a 10% discount of any order! All the details in our directory.