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Florence Boot Has Been Honoured in Her Birthplace

17 May 2016
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Florence Boot, one of the founders of Boots and one of Jersey’s greatest businesswomen and philanthropists has been honoured in Jersey as a permanent plaque is installed in her honour.

Florence Rowe was born in Jersey in 1863 at 5 Grove Place, now 101 Halkett Place. Until she married, she worked in her father’s bookshop and stationers in St Helier, and it was there that she developed her business acumen.

She married Jesse becoming both his wife and business partner, bring a a flair for fashion and design to the business and together they made a formidable team, accelerating and developing Boots into the national business that we know today.

Florence and Jesse never forgot their working class backgrounds and throughout their lives worked to improve the wellbeing of their employees and their families across the UK. A particular passion for Florence was her birthplace, Jersey, and she made a great impression on the island donation great spaces of land to improve health and wellness and for the enjoyment of people living on the island – many of which are still there today including Beauport Bay, the renovation of St Matthew’s Church and Coronation Park.

Awarded for her philanthropy on the island, the commemorative plaque is displayed at Florence’s birthplace, and was unveiled at a special event by members of the Boot family including Florence Boot’s great granddaughter, along with members from Jersey Heritage, Boots UK and the Parish of St Helier.

 

Boots UK continues to occupy two stores on the island, one being where Florence’s father’s bookshop was based in St Helier and it continues to serve the island for all of their health and beauty needs.

Check out our heritage timeline for more information on Florence, Jesse the history of the Boots brand.

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Boots is the UK’s leading health and beauty retailer. Its mission is to be the first choice for pharmacy, health and beauty - caring for people, customers and communities everywhere.

With over 53,000 team members and 2,247 stores, ranging from local community pharmacies to large destination health and beauty stores, Boots serves its customer and patients’ wellbeing for life.

Boots is the UK’s number one beauty destination and largest pharmacy chain providing dispensing and essential healthcare services, and it offers an unrivalled depth and breadth of product offering including its innovative portfolio of brands, including No7, the UK’s No1 skincare brand, Soap & Glory, Liz Earle, Sleek MakeUP and YourGoodSkin. For over 170 years, Boots has listened, learned and innovated, and it continues to challenge itself to improve its products and services every day.

Boots is part of Walgreens Boots Alliance, which is a global leader in pharmacy-led, health and wellbeing retail.  More company information is available on boots-uk.com.

 

*Figures as of 31 May 2022