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How to turn your passion for beauty into a successful career

This is a guest post brought to you by NCC Home Learning.

Career in beauty therapy

Do you have a passion for beauty? Think that you could turn this passion into something that you can actually make money from? There are plenty of people out there who have done exactly this. Realised that they have a passion for all things beauty and then take the next step towards turning that into a career.

But where do you start? To help you on your way, we have put together our guide on how to turn your passion for beauty into a successful career.

 

Learn the basics

Whilst you may have some knowledge of beauty and a flair for being creative, you might not have the technical skill, expertise and knowledge that you need to get a business off of the ground. This means that you are going to need to study in order to improve those skills. A great place to start is with beauty therapy courses online with NCC Home Learning. These help you to gain all the knowledge that you need in order to start up your business and because they are online, you can study at your own pace.

Find your niche

The beauty industry is a crowded one and there is a lot of people out there that are going to be offering the same sort of thing. This makes sure that you are going to need to find yourself a niche. Is there a particular style or look that you are particularly good at doing? If you are, then embrace this and offer it as a specialism. That way people will know where to go when they want that look.

Learn about other aspects of business

Of course, you are going to need to make sure that you have the beauty related knowledge in order to be a success, but that isn’t the only thing that you need to learn. You should always take the time to learn about some of the other aspects of running a business. Marketing, social media, employing people, managing finances, even customer services. All of these skills are part and parcel of running a business, no matter the industry, and these are something that you are going to need to get on board with.

 Start your own beauty business

Be prepared to work hard

It isn’t easy to set up any kind of business, however, when it comes to working in the beauty industry you may find it even harder. The work is physical and sometimes you are going to have to work long hours and really try your hardest to win clients, particularly during the early years. This means that you are going to need to be prepared to work hard, a simple way to do this is to remind yourself that all the hard work is going to be worth it in the end.

Always keep your eye on the industry

The beauty industry is always changing and growing, which means in order to get ahead, you are actually going to have to get ahead. Learn what new things are up and coming, what products are the next big thing. You also need to attend courses, training workshops and exhibitions as these will help you to understand more about the services and products that you are going to be offering in the future.

Be aware of money

Setting up a business isn’t easy, particularly when it comes to the finances. You are going to need to realise that you are not going to make a ton of money straight away and that sometimes it is going to be a while before you will see any profit.  You need to have some funding behind you in order to really make the most of your business opportunity. This means that you may have to apply to investors or perhaps save up before you embark on your next career adventure.

Believe in yourself

As we have said, it isn’t easy to set up a business and sometimes you are going to feel that future is looking pretty bleak. The important thing to do is always believe in yourself. After all, a little bit of confidence in what you can do and achieve in the long term is something all you need to actually get closer to those goals.

As you can see, it is possible to take your passion and turn into a viable business. However, you are going to need to really put the effort in to make that a success. Thankfully, if you are doing something that you really enjoy and feel passionate about, then you will be much more motivated to get exactly where you want to be.

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Client in Focus: The Massage Company

The Massage Company Camberley

4 Leisure Recruitment has been working with The Massage Company since before their launch in 2016. We have helped with recruiting the professional staff that The Massage Company need to fulfil their aim of helping more people to realise the benefits of massage. By changing people’s beliefs that massage should only be done as and when it is needed, they aim to improve their customers’ wellbeing through regular, routine treatments.

The Massage Company are bringing massage to the mainstream. From their location in Camberley, Surrey, their aim is to grow across the UK and open more and more branches, making their monthly subscription model available to more people.

Who are The Massage Company?

The Massage Company was started by Charlie Thompson and Elliot Walker back in 2016. Both have a solid background in the spa and leisure industry – Thompson’s previous roles include a stint as the head of Virgin Active’s 80 spas, while Walker previously launched, built and ran Murad Cosmetics. Both are committed to providing a professional and accessible massage service. The quality of staff is paramount – they have even developed their own certified training programme for their staff.

Their flagship location in Camberley is in a prime location, a stone’s throw from the train station. You can have a look around with Charlie Thompson on their 360 video

The Massage Company won the award for Best New Business of the Year 2016 in the Collectively Camberley Business Awards – see more at http://www.spa-life.co.uk/news/article/the-massage-company-scoops-new-business-award/

Work at The Massage Company

Jobs at The Massage Company

Here are the jobs we are currently helping The Massage Company to fill. If you’d like to have an informal, no-obligation discussion in confidence about any of these roles, please do get in touch with us at 4 Leisure Recruitment – it’s james@4LeisureRecruitment.co.uk or call us on 01895 450640

The Massage Company™ is looking for a great Membership Sales Supervisor to help lead our exciting, new massage concept at our flagship centre in Camberley.  With other sites opening soon, further career development is a real opportunity.

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Leisure Industry: Predictions for 2018

Leisure industry trends 2018 Part 2 (1)

As the door closes on 2017, another one opens on 2018. A fresh new year can bring new challenges, and also new opportunities.

We spoke to 4 Leisure Recruitment MD Jean Wing Hing to see what he thinks is going to be the big news in the UK leisure industry in 2018.

What do you think is going to be the damp squib of 2018?

Jean: We are starting to get wind of more and more trampoline parks shutting down. Word on the street is that prices can’t get any more competitive and there’s not enough room for everyone. As operators struggle to diversify their offering, we’re predicting much flatter growth for this sector in the coming months.

What developments in the gym sector?

Jean: The health and fitness industry has seen an explosion of so-called boutique health clubs over the last couple of years. These are typically smaller clubs with quite distinct identities that cater for the discerning gym goer who shies away from the big commercial gyms chains. They were seen as quirky, trendy retreats that only those in the know were members of. But the boutique chains have aggressively been rolling out sites and, together with them being ideally sized for franchisees to pick up, the boutique market has become somewhat mainstream, dare we say.

So what’s next? Specialist seems to be the new boutique. Not only does a gym brand have to be cool, individual and all of the above, but it now has to deliver a specialized service. They provide products that are slick and well-packaged yet still appeal to the masses. Have a look at 9Round and Barry’s Bootcamp as great examples of brands doing things in a new way.

What’s happening in the world of wearable tech, a topic we’ve been talking about for years?

Jean: One of the biggest trends we’re seeing at the moment is gym companies really embracing the tech available on the market and looking to integrate with personal devices. Soon it’s not unfeasible that we will we all be connected to our personal trainers 24/7. Whether that happens in 2018 is unlikely, but it’s coming.

What about the spa sector?

Jean: There have been many developments in the spa sector this last couple of years and I think that mindfulness will be the hot topic in 2018. With the trends moving from beauty treatments to wellness treatments recently, the next step is offer treatments which are more holistic and incorporate mental health as well as physical health and wellness. Industry leaders are already starting to develop an offering which is more in the mindfulness sphere than ever before.

Thanks, Jean. We will look out for these in the leisure industry in 2018.

To see a review of our 2017 and what 2018 may have in store for us here at 4 Leisure Recruitment, have a look at our last blog post.

Professional Beauty London 2017

On 27th Feb, 4Leisure Recruitment Director Jean Wing Hing and Spa and Beauty Recruiter Ali McAlister attended Professional Beauty London, possibly the biggest spa and beauty trade show in the UK.

Jean was there to talk on the education forum and share his experience as a spa and beauty industry recruitment specialist. Did you get to hear him?

Jean Wing Hing of 4 Leisure Recruitment at Professional Beauty London 2017

The main take-aways from the talk were……

  • Getting new entrants into the world of spa and beauty who can do the basics well is becoming more of a focus. Employers are keen to recruit spa and beauty school graduates who have a solid skillset in the basics – the rest can be learnt as you go along.
  • There is concern however that this ‘ongoing training’ is being disproportionately carried out by the larger spa and beauty companies who have the resources to do so.
  • More role models are needed for spa and beauty students to help them engage and choose better career pathways. The different opportunities available to graduates beyond the basics needs much more promotion.
  • There are more people trying to train in celebrity make-up courses than jobs available in this sub-sector. The gap between what people want to study and what skills the industry is currently demanding needs to close.

After a great debate from all the panel and the audience, Jean then moved on to the College Zone, where he was the very last speaker right at the heart of the show. He filled the 15 minute slot with his wisdom on opportunities for students and graduates in the spa and beauty sector.

Did you go to Professional Beauty?

Nail Salons busted in government’s illegal workers crackdown

The news we heard about the nail salons that have been targeted as part of the government’s Operation Magnify reminded us of all of our responsibilities as employers. If you didn’t read the story you can read more here…….

http://www.edinburghnews.scotsman.com/our-region/city-nail-bars-targeted-in-clampdown-on-illegal-workers-1-4327620

http://professionalbeauty.co.uk/site/PBHubNewsDetails/government-cracks-down-on-suspected-modern-slavery-in-nail-salons

Nail Salons raided in immigration operation

Operation Magnify launched by the government last year was established to target those industries that may be employing or exploiting immigrant workers: catering, construction and social care have also been targeted.

The government explains……….

Illegal working undermines legitimate employers, harms the reputation of the industry, drives down wages and denies employment to hard-working UK citizens and people who are working in the UK legally.’

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/campaign-to-tackle-illegal-working-in-construction-begins

Over 280 salons had been visited by immigration officers investigating illegal working. The immediate results were that nearly 100 illegal workers were arrested nationwide. Worryingly, over a dozen of those arrested have been passed to a service for those who have been identified as possible victims of slavery.

The industry had perhaps suspected the very same for some time but this has compounded any suspicions and reminded us not only of the legal responsibilities we all have as employers but also of the moral and ethical duties we owe our clients.

How many of you have heard clients talk about visiting salons where they felt uncomfortable? The very essence of the industry is to provide a service to clients that enhances their life and essentially makes them want to return. The health and safety needs of the clients and employees always needs to be uppermost in all our minds in every type of business.

Whilst some may well feel that the industry needed to be tidied, the net result may be that some independent business feel the pinch. The wage potential of properly qualified technicians may well improve but the net result is always likely to be an increase in cost to the customer.

Those found to be employing an illegal worker are liable to a £20,000 fine per worker if they fail to prove they carried out ‘right to work checks’. It is not worth a risk to any business to skip these legalities, it also is not providing the appropriate levels of service that all our clients expect and deserve. If you are unsure what those checks are then all the information can be found here

https://www.gov.uk/check-job-applicant-right-to-work

If you are concerned about any of these employment issues then there is plenty more guidance and support available should you wish to use them.

https://www.gov.uk/government/collections/employers-illegal-working-penalties

ACAS also has a multitude of help guides for employers to help with all stages of employment and to help provide a better working environment for all staff and to protect employers from making errors

http://www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=608

IMATS London 2016 – see you there!

This week, Ali and Hayley-Jo will be attending IMATS London. Will we see you there?

IMATS London 2016

IMATS (International Make-Up Artist Trade Show) London is a trade exhibition for the make-up industry’s biggest names where they will share their skills, secrets and stories. Now in its 15th year IMATS brings together film, fashion, TV and theater artists with budding make-up artists.

There will be make-up classes and live demos at the show, and top make-up brands will sell the latest and greatest products.

Cutting-edge beauty artist Alex Box will unveil her latest project at IMATS London. The former Illamasqua creative director’s work has appeared inVogue and Won the faces of Lady Gaga and Kate Moss and on the catwalks for Alexander McQueen, Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel. She’ll do a make-up demo and spend one-on-one time with attendees.

Love make-up shopping? You’re in luck: International brands including Urban Decay, Yves Saint Laurent Beauté, Bobbi Brown Pro and Make Up For Ever Paris will unveil new products and offer old favorites.

In the Battle of the Brushes student make-up competitions, international make-up students will race to create winning looks. This year’s beauty competition is themed Carnival/Circus; the character competition is themed Four Decades of Star Wars. And the Make-up Museum will showcase creations from well-loved films and TV shows.

IMATS London 2016 looks to be another fantastic event and Ali and Hayley-Jo are very much looking forward to seeing what’s new in the world of make-up, and meeting lots of new make-up professionals. If you see them, please do go and say hello.

Ali McAlister

Ali of 4Leisure Recruitment

Ali is our spa and beauty Business Development Consultant. She has 22 year’s experience in the spa and beauty industry and specialises in networking, recruitment opportunities, consultancy, and training and education

Hayley-Jo

Hayley Jo of 4 Leisure Recruitment

Hayley-Jo joins us from a wonderful background within the beauty and entertainment industries having worked for several national and global companies, including 4 magical years with Disney Cruise Line, and also managing premium beauty counters within department stores. Hayley-Jo is new to 4Leisure Recruitment, so be nice!

IMATS London runs from 3rd to 5th June at the Olympia National in West Kensington. You can find out more information at http://imats.net/2016-london/  

Announcing – partnering with The Massage Company

We are proud to announce our successful partnership with The Massage Company.

The Massage Company has been formed by two spa industry leaders, Charlie Thompson and Elliot Walker, and their first site – in Camberley, Surrey – is having its grand opening this week. As official recruiters to The Massage Company, representatives from 4Leisure Recruitment will be attending. We are happy to say that we have been able to completely staff the Camberley centre in time! Great work by the spa recruitment team in supporting this amazing new concept start-up.

The Massage Company plan on rolling the business out as a franchise, and have set their sights on having 30 sites within five years. We will watch their development with interest, and wish them all the best for the future.

“There’s nothing more we like than supporting a start-up. TMC looks like an exciting proposition with big plans and we’re really happy to be working with them. It’s great to work with people who have a very clear people strategy, who provide us with everything we need to do a great job for them. Look forward to the grand opening!” ~ Jean Wing Hing, Director

You can find out more about The Massage Company at http://www.massagecompany.co.uk/

This article below has appeared in the April edition of Professional Beauty magazine

http://professionalbeauty.co.uk/site/IndustryNewsDetails/charlie-thompson-and-elliot-walker-launch-the-massage-company

The Massage Company and 4 Leisure Recruitment in Professional Beauty Magazine

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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

Rising Star – from spa and beauty training to spa and beauty jobs

Have you heard of our Rising Star programme?

Our Rising Spa programme has been designed by a team of industry experts to bridge to gap between spa and beauty training, and spa and beauty jobs.

New therapists, while well qualified and talented, often face barriers when it comes to making the move into the spa and beauty industry. The programme is designed to give rising stars a head start on their spa and beauty career path.

As specialist spa and beauty recruiters, we work with a range of businesses and recognised brands, who work with us to help develop the spa and beauty therapists of the future.

How does it work?

For newly-qualified therapists, we provide advice and training through workshops and seminars, and provide temporary and contract placements in spas and salons throughout the UK. We provide industry-specific training in areas such as retail sales, complaint handling, general conduct, and preparation for work.

We keep our therapists updated on new training and development opportunities and provide ongoing support.

Spa and beauty jobs

Ultimately, the aim is to help give therapists the skills they need to make the move from beauty student to beauty professional. We equip our therapists with the skills and attitude that beauty and spa employers seek, and work with employers to tailor the Rising Star Programme to adapt to the changing demands of the spa and beauty industry.

We then help graduates to find their perfect spa and beauty job, and employers to find their ideal therapists.

For more information about the Rising Star Programme and how you can be involved either as a therapist or an employer…..

Call us on 01895 450640

Or e-mail spa@4leisurerecruitment.co.uk

Rising Star programme from 4Leisure Recruitment

Spa and beauty jobs are one of our many leisure industry specialities, which also includes fitness jobs, lifeguard jobs, and leisure executive positions. Our collective years of experience both as leisure professionals ourselves and as recruiters has shown us that often the leap from leisure student to leisure professional can be daunting and frustrating.

Although courses equip students with the skills they need to carry out a leisure role, sometimes they don’t teach skills which employers are looking for, such as customer service, or general work skills. A spa therapist may leave college being able to administer a very good massage yet unable to upsell or be unfamiliar with the rigours of a working day. Rising Stars is a bridging programme which fills in the gaps.

Our Rising Stars programme aims to be the benchmark in helping to produce spa therapists who are not only super-talented but super-employable and a fantastic asset to their employers, and to the spa and beauty industry in the future.

Careers evening with Isis Beauty Academy

4Leisure Recruitment are pleased to announce that we will be visiting staff and students of Isis Beauty Academy next week for a careers evening. The exclusive event will enable us to talk to students about the opportunities within the spa and beauty sector, and find some fantastic future talent for our clients’ spas and salons.

All Isis Beauty Academy students and graduates are welcome to attend. Please call Isis Beauty Academy on 01932 23 23 22 to confirm your attendance. Places are limited.

Our spa and beauty industry specialists will be there from 5:30pm to meet and advise students and graduates on suitable jobs, and to find the career path that’s right for them. We will also be providing information about our Rising Star Programme, which has been designed to help aspiring beauty professionals bridge the gap between education and employment through a series of training opportunities, work experience, and ongoing support.

We are proud to work with Isis Beauty Academy, one of the leading providers of education and training in the Spa and Beauty sector. They offer a huge range of courses in many different disciplines including facials and skin care, tanning, and electrolysis. For more information please visit Isis Beauty Academy

You can follow on social media using #YourFutureInYourHands.

Follow Isis Beauty Academy on Twitter @IsisBeautyAcd

Careers evening

Isis Beauty Academy, 14 Church Street, Walton-on-Thames

27th August – 5:30pm

Tweet us @4LeisureSpa if you’re planning on coming along.

Isis Beauty Academy

Some of Our Clients