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British Beauty & Spa Awards 2008 Winners Announced

The British Beauty & Spa Awards, the Oscars of the beauty industry, have rewarded the individuals, salons and spa’s that have achieved excellence in their categories at the most prestigious event in the beauty industry’s calendar. The British Beauty & Spa Awards 2008 took place recently at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London. Compered by television favourite and Dancing on Ice star Michael Underwood, attendees enjoyed a welcoming cocktail reception before dinner and entertainment, followed by the awards ceremony and dancing until the small hours. Finalists in all 17 categories waited in anticipation for the category sponsor to announce who was awarded with the prestigious title and coveted trophy.

The British Beauty & Spa Awards, presented by Health & Beauty Salon magazine, have for the past twelve years rewarded and recognised the best in the beauty and spa industry. The awards reflect the way in which the beauty industry has developed over recent years. Categories celebrate both business acumen and hands-on treatments and procedures from salons, spa’s and individuals within the British beauty industry.

“The beauty and spa industries have grown and developed tremendously over the past twelve years, and the British Beauty & Spa Awards have grown in line with their development,” comments Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Health & Beauty Salon, Jayne Lewis-Orr. From the outset, we wanted to recognise and reward excellence, innovation and professionalism by businesses and individuals within the beauty industry and each year the number of entries we receive are a fantastic testament to the British beauty industry. There are so many dedicated and professional therapists, salons and spas in the UK.”

Health & Beauty Salon magazine launched the British Beauty & Spa Awards in 1997 to raise the profile of the professional beauty and spa industry by recognising and rewarding innovation and excellence throughout the industry. They rapidly became the most prestigious awards in the industry.

The judging for the British Beauty Awards takes place over two days, where representatives from the sponsoring companies, along with industry experts are split into groups to read through the dossiers, ensuring that the criteria is met before selecting the six finalists in each category. Judges cannot confer with one another during the judging process, with the individual judges marking all entries independently.

Previous award winners include celebrity nail technician Leighton Denny, who sculpts the nails of supermodels and celebrities alike. The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental, a previous winner of the Day Spa of the Year category is a favourite of Madonna's when she's in London, while the luxurious celebrity bolt-hole, Champneys Forest Mere, in Liphook, Hampshire, and the beautifully located, Stobo Castle, on the Scottish Borders, are both previous recipients of the Destination Spa of the Year Award. Meanwhile, Glasgow-based Rainbow Room International Beauty and Spa has won the Scotland and North West Salon of the Year category three times, and is now in the prestigious Hall of Fame, as is Saks, Julijana Zappia, Claire Fairest, One Spa, Leighton Denny, Beauty with Sara and be…healthy & beautiful.

It’s not only the winners that have celebrity clienteles. Many of the sponsors are the chosen brands of celebrities. with Decléor and Guinot regularly appearing on the celebrities’ favourite product lists, and what celebrity has not experienced the total bliss of an ESPA treatment.

“The night was a tremendous success,” added Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Health & Beauty Salon, Jayne Lewis-Orr. “Each year the standard of salons, spa’s and individuals entering the awards is exceeding our expectations and they should all be justifiably proud that their achievements have been recognised by the British Beauty & Spa Awards.”

The British Beauty & Spa Awards Winners 2008

Beauty Therapist of the Year(Sponsored by Decleor)
Rosin Eadon-McKenna, Glow, Wrexham

Body Therapist of the Year (Sponsored by Health & Beauty Salon)
Rebecca Livings, Serenity Spa, Seaham

Customer Care Award (Sponsored by OPI)
Utopia Salons, Anglesey

Day Spa of the Year (Sponsored by Payot Paris)
Chessgrove Day Spa, Broomsgrove

Destination/Hotel Spa of the Year (Sponsored by ESPA)
The Spa at Gleneagles by ESPA, Auchterarder

Facial Therapist of the Year (Sponsored by Guinot)
Lynn Daniels, The Haven on the Loch, Loch Lomond

Manicurist of the Year (Sponsored by Jessica)
Heather Brown, Glow, Wrexham

Marketing Award (Sponsored by the London College of Beauty Therapy)
Zen Lifestyle, Edinburgh

Nail Professional of the Year (Sponsored by Grafton International)
Claire Durtnall-Holland, Perfect Elegance, Eastbourne

Retail Salon of the Year(Sponsored by Health & Beauty Salon)
Zen Lifestyle, Edinburgh

Training Award (Sponsored by International Dermal Institute)
Revival Retreat, Glasgow

London & South East (Sponsored by Vibro Tone)
Epitome Health & Beauty, Bushey Heath

Midlands & North East (Sponsored by Health & Beauty Salon)
Pretty Woman, Leeds

North West & Scotland (Sponsored by Health & Beauty Salon)
Zen Lifestyle, Edinburgh

Wales & South West (Sponsored by Salon Secure)
Utopia Salons, Anglesey

Salon of the Year (Sponsored by Health & Beauty Salon)
Zen Lifestyle, Edinburgh

Salon Director of the Year (Sponsored by Carita)
Sara Shoemark, Glow, Wrexham

For further information on the British Beauty & Spa Awards please contact Alison Jameson or Rachael Ross at Alison Jameson Consultants on +44 131 621 7210, fax + 44 131 621 7215 or email; alison@alisonjamesonpr.com





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