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Monthly Archives: March 2016

Martyn gets on his bike for medical research

Last Sunday saw our own Martyn Senior start training for his first 100-mile bike ride in aid of Action Medical Research for Children.

Action Medical Research finds and funds research to help hundreds of thousands of sick and disabled children who need help. The charity has been helping children for over 60 years and has invested over £110m in vital research and development to improve the quality of life for children

AMR Suffolk Sunrise

Currently the charity has over £11m invested in over 75 projects around the country. The research being funded covers a vast spectrum of ailments and diseases; from meningitis to brain cancer, epilepsy to sickle cell, each and every project is striving to save and change the lives of children through medical research.

The charity explains that ‘surprisingly medical research to help children is poorly funded in the UK. Action Medical Research has a critical job to do in helping fill this gap to protect children’.

There are many ways to become involved and support the work this fantastic charity does, one of which is to sign up to

This annual fundraising event raises lots of much needed funds. Martyn started his training last weekend with a cheeky little 25 miles around the Kent countryside and he promises to keep us up to date with some training pictures and regular updates. He is hoping to cover a good 300 to 400 miles over the next few weeks in preparation for the event.

Martyn's trusty bike

We very much look forward to following the training and progress, updates will be posted here. If you want to support Martyn and this fabulous cause then here is the link All sponsorship welcomed!

If you would like any further information on Action Medical Research, please visit:

Good luck Martyn!

Professional Beauty 2016

Last weekend, I hopped over to London Excel to attend Professional Beauty 2016, a two-day expo of spa and beauty businesses. It’s one of Europe’s leading events for beauty and spa professionals, attracting over 30,000 visitors and seeing exhibits from over 800 beauty and spa brands.

I was invited to sit on the panel at a talk called “How our company is developing. What we feel Colleges should focus on to meet the ever changing and diverse needs of the Beauty industry?” with other spa industry professionals such as Ceri Silk from Saks Hair & Beauty, and Helena Field from the Mandarin Oriental spa in London, as part of a morning of talks about education within the spa and beauty sector. As usual, it was very helpful and provided a fantastic insight into the challenges of providing relevant and industry-specific skills to budding and developing spa therapists.

So what were the findings from the talk? Well, there was a strong emphasis from the panel that there is a lack of commercial skills being trained in colleges, which is an issue we’ve discussed previously. However, frontline educators are aware of this but haven’t got the funding or the time to deliver those skills. Resources are often stretched thin and demands of employers are growing.

I suggested that there was a shift towards “total wellness” by the larger spa operators and getting the basics right without the need for the peripheral treatments. However, smaller spas and salons are looking for better value for money with the increase in Living Wage. They want more skills and experience for the money, so we’re advising therapists to perfect the core skills first to make sure they have a decent understanding of what’s required in each role, and then bolt on usable job-specific qualifications to add value.

The general consensus was that there is too much in the way of celebrity endorsed trends such as media make-up qualifications which lead people into qualifying with no jobs available to them. It’s important that the education sector train people to do that jobs that are available and that are in demand to make them more employable, and more useful to the spa and beauty sector.

It was an honour to once again help the development of the workforce to meet the demands of the spa and beauty industry and its employers. I hope that our insight into the gaps in skills supply that spa and beauty employers are experiencing will help inform spa and beauty teaching policy in a meaningful way.

Written by Jean Wing Hing

Jean Wing Hing of 4Leisure Recruitment

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