This year’s International Women’s Day celebrates the achievements of women everywhere, and so in recognition of this, I spoke to some movers, shakers and celebrities who have achieved a lot in the beauty and spa world.
Marian Green, Thalgo UK Group Managing Director
“I started my career as a trained hairdresser and beauty therapist and climbed the ladder though sheer hard work and a real and true passion for my chosen industry, so my advice for women who have a business idea is to make sure you have thought out and planned a proper business plan for the next five years and take advice from that sector.
“We live in the most incredible world of networks and social media and there are so many ways to learn and spread the word amongst others. But most importantly of all, believe in your product, and know it inside out!
“I started with Thalgo in 1984 when the UK company was very small (just two employees) but had a very loyal following of beauty therapists and salons who embraced our strong philosophy and the concept of marine treatments. The strength of the company lay in the innovations, the research, the results of the treatments, the fantastic press coverage (journalists loved us) and more and more customers took on the brand.
“Today we have 600 accounts, many having been with us since the beginning! Back in the 80’s for my part, it was a question of plenty of door knocking, attending trade shows and loyal customers spreading the word which contributed largely to our success. I was in charge of the whole of the UK and Northern Ireland and spent many hours on the road. I have unloaded lorries, packed parcels, delivered goods, delivered treatments, made the sell-in and done everything there is to do within a distribution company. This I believe, gives me good grounding in my role now as MD when coaching staff in their roles.”
Just starting out now, and with a bit of help from a certain reality TV show, is Amy Childs, who believes that education is key to success in the beauty industry. She said;
“My advice would be getting into the beauty industry would be to make sure you research about the college before you go. Find out what courses you want to do and what the college offers.
“I really enjoyed studying beauty and the more practice you do the more beneficial it is, you know what they say - practice makes perfect! Also ask all your friends and family to be Guinea pig to work and practice on!”
Nerys Chell, Managing Director of Eden Hall Day Spa
Nerys has been in the beauty industry for 24 years and has extensive knowledge of treatments, product ranges, retail and spa set up. She began her career as a Beauty Therapist and the majority of her working life has been spent in the spa industry.
Nerys was instrumental in the conception of Eden Hall during 2002, a time when day spas were a rarity with residential spas taking the lion’s share of the business; since then day spas have cropped up all over the country and Eden Hall has continued to thrive and progress.
Nerys spearheaded the set-up of three spas in the Midlands area, taking them from concept to successful delivery and has played a major part in aiding two separate software companies to write and develop bespoke booking programmes. Where most systems are salon based, Eden Hall and Nerys were involved with the innovation of spa specific booking software. She said;
“Women deserve to be celebrated and International Women’s Day is the ideal platform to recognise the amazing achievements of women on a global scale. In the beauty industry we appreciate how hard women work and the daily challenges they face. We see spas as a sanctuary; a place to escape, relax and unwind.”
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