- John Leech at opening of new florist in south Manchester: "Really exciting to see so many local residents starting up their own independent businesses right here in south Manchester."
- Manchester voted 60% to remain in the EU.
On Sunday the former Manchester Withington MP turned Didsbury councillor John Leech opened Oops A Daisy florist in Didsbury.
Upon opening the florist Mr Leech said: "I'm really excited to be opening Oops A Daisy in Didsbury, I know they will be a fantastic addition to the local community.
"It's really exciting to see so many local residents starting up their own independent businesses right here in south Manchester."
The owner of Oops A Daisy Manchester florist, Gemma Gill said: "I couldn't be more excited to be opening my brand new shop here in Didsbury. I have worked really hard to make this become a reality and can't wait to get stuck in and providing Didsbury with the freshest flowers."
“I cater for most events including weddings, christenings and birthdays as well as bespoke funeral designs.
"I have the perfect bouquet for you to express your sentiments whether you are looking for something for a special occasion or simply feel like surprising your other half."
Gemma is a qualified florist with over 5 years experience whose new venture first started as a small stall before moving into it's first premises in Didsbury.
She added: “Oops a Daisy Manchester Florist has an impressive collection that caters to all your needs, and we also offer venue dressing, a beautiful Victorian candy cart and centre pieces.
"I’d like to thank everyone for their support and to John Leech for coming down and supporting our opening.”
Earlier this year the former Withington MP of ten years opened another local independent business, Michelé Marie Cakes, also on School Lane.
John Leech, who was elected in May 2016 as the city's sole opposition member said it was encouraging to see businesses starting up in Manchester despite June's decision to leave the EU.
The remain campaigner said: "Leaving the EU was not what Manchester voted for, and certainly not what Manchester Withington voted for, and yet we are still going to be pulled out against all of our best interests.
"So it is absolutely fantastic to see local and independent businesses like this sending a clear message; Manchester is open and ready for business.
"I will continue to support and offer advice to all these local and independent businesses as much as possible, as well as anyone looking to do similar things.
"I wish Gemma and the team all the best of luck for their exciting new venture."
The florist is located at 88 School Lane, Didsbury.