Evolve Hair & Beauty Salon in Shrewsbury celebrates a fantastic first year of business

Evolve Hair & Beauty Salon in Shrewsbury celebrates a fantastic first year of business

L-R Giordana Scott, Hair Stylist and Salon Manager, Erica Coppinger

A professional beauty salon at Shrewsbury College is celebrating its first anniversary, having seen a huge surge in its client base and number of staff during its first 365 days.

Evolve is a state-of-the-art, purpose-built salon with top-of-the-range equipment and facilities. It features ten hair stations, four individual and relaxing treatment rooms and two spa pedicure chairs and officially was opened in November 2014 at Shrewsbury College by former Mayor of Shrewsbury, Beverley Baker.

Like Origins, the commercial restaurant at the London Road site, the salon was built as part of the £15 million redevelopment at the College. Both Hospitality & Catering and Hair, Beauty & Therapies courses are now all taught at London Road having moved from Radbrook in 2014, to give students a more all-inclusive experience and better training facilities. Students are now training at Evolve’s associated Hair & Beauty Academy, while Evolve itself is a totally professional venture with experienced and qualified staff.

To celebrate its first anniversary, on 3 December, specially invited friends and regular clients gathered at the salon to be thanked for their continued support, share a glass of fizz and see hair and beauty demonstrations in action. A special first birthday cake was made by Angela Weston from the Shrewsbury College catering department to celebrate.

A bumper treatment give-away was also held, with lucky Evolve e-newsletter subscriber Carole Davies, from Welshpool, scooping the prize which included a cut and colour, back massage and facial and manicure and pedicure.

Carole, whose daughter attends the College, said: “The College has been a huge success for my daughter and she has made life-long friends. I love coming to Shrewsbury College myself as it is such a friendly place with great opportunities. I am delighted to have won this prize and can’t wait to redeem it!”

In just its first year, Evolve has seen a 50per cent increase in its number of staff, including the latest introduction of two Level 2 and 3 apprentices Jade Beckwith and Leah Heathfield and has a built client base of over 500 customers.

Erica Coppinger, Evolve Manager, said: “I am delighted our professional hair and beauty salon, which offers clients everything under one roof, has had such a positive first year. We are situated on a main route into Shrewsbury and the contemporary salon offers plenty of free parking, which our clients say they have found invaluable and really adds to the relaxing experience. And lunch is just around the corner at Origins!

“Our fully-qualified team offer a full range of luxury hair services and beauty treatments using hand-picked, industry brands, along with a thorough consultation, advice and guidance. We are a separate venture to the training academy at the College, but we have been able to provide invaluable work experiences and paid employment to some higher- level apprentices and give them a foot onto the career-ladder. We are now on Instagram, as evolveshrewsbury, as well as twitter and facebook as evolveshrewsbury if anyone wants to see examples of the team’s wonderful work!”

For further information about Evolve, treatments available and its services and to see the price list, please visit pwww.evolveshrewsbury.co.uk or call 01743 342422.

About Association of Colleges West Midlands

AoC West Midlands promotes and supports the interests of 38 general further education, sixth form and specialist colleges throughout the West Midlands region. The West Midlands is a diverse region and our colleges reflect this diversity. From small specialist colleges in rural locations to large inner city establishments, colleges reflect the needs of their local environment. Working closely with employers, learners and the local community, our 38 member colleges offer a broad range of flexible learning opportunities for individuals at all levels. They aim to give local people the skills they need for success and prosperity, tackling barriers to learning and providing opportunities that meet the needs of individuals and employers
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