Entrepreneur wins prestigious beauty award for her new salon

By Anita Jaynes on 13 August, 2017

Wiltshire’s Hazelwood Beauty Salon, based in Sutton Benger, near Chippenham, has won a prestigious national award for Best Small Salon 2017.

Founder and creative director Sam Francome recently accepted the BABTAC (British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology) Award for 2017’s best salon in the small salon category.

She said: ‘It’s a huge compliment to receive this award. BABTAC is firmly focused on upholding standards within the beauty industry. It’s a genuine honour for my team and I to receive such a prestigious award and to be recognised as being leaders in our sector.’

BABTAC is a not-for-profit professional organisation for those working in beauty, hair, holistic and sports therapy industries. Its aim is to raise industry standards and it has a rigorous ethical code and demands high professional practice from its members.

The story of Sam’s business has been amazing. She first welcomed clients for their treatments in a room in her home over 15 years ago. Today she has moved into a bespoke and purpose-built salon with four treatment rooms and a nail lounge at The Stable in Sutton Benger.

Sam, who is also a trained mentor and lifestyle coach, says she’s received nothing but praise from her regular customers about the new premises.

“I have listened to our clients over the years. From the moment someone arrives, as a team we aspire to go beyond their expectations. We’re extremely conscious of their busy lifestyles and have created a happy and peaceful environment where the focus is on them. In offering the beauty, holistic and cosmetic services they require, we’re now booking our loyal clients and teenagers far ahead, and are currently recruiting new Thearpists to join our already happy team at Hazelwood.’

Sam and her team includes four fully qualified therapists and two front of house staff. They offer professional brands including the Decleor skincare range, Jessica manicure and pedicures and CACI non-surgical facelift facials. They have an experienced aesthetic practitioner Dr Jennifer Boone who has been attracting clients to Hazelwood. Dr Boone offers treatments including dermal fillers and Botox treatments for both men and women.

Pictured above: Sam Francome, owner/therapist at Hazelwood Beauty Salon receiving her BABTAC award (centre). Also featured are host Jill Morris (left) and Gordon Leask representing the sponsor of the award World Pay.