Exmouth Business Awards 2018: new category showcases 'innovative' hair and beauty talent

PUBLISHED: 14:47 04 May 2018 | UPDATED: 16:26 04 May 2018

Scenes from The Exmouth Business Awards Finalists' Big Breakfast, in 2017. Pictures by John Thorogood.

Scenes from The Exmouth Business Awards Finalists' Big Breakfast, in 2017. Pictures by John Thorogood.


Celebrating the town's strengths is crucial to the Exmouth Business Awards - and the introduction of this year's brand new category for Best Hair & beauty Business of the Year is no exception.

The Beauty Room, in Exmouth, is sponsoring the new category and Becky Bissett, who runs the salon with her ex-husband Si, said it felt ‘amazing’ to be involved.

She said: “The business awards gets bigger and better each year; it feels amazing for our industry to have a dedicated category.

“There are some highly recognised worldwide-known talents here in Exmouth, so it’s great to showcase these in their own right.”

Becky says there is ‘a great support network between local businesses’ in Exmouth’s hair and beauty sector, with plentiful opportunities for networking.

And – although a difficult task, she explained what she thought judges might look for in a winner.

“We feel, to win this category, the salon should go above and beyond just a haircut or beauty treatment.

“People can quite often visit you with very little self confidence in their appearance and you have an opportunity to make them feel better about themselves,” said Becky.

Chairman of Exmouth Chamber of Commerce, Ian MacQueen, said creating the new category was a response to the large volume of applications from the sector in previous years.

The first ever finalists for this category are: Reflexetions Hair & Beauty, I.Nova Studios and Summer and Lola.

Mr MacQueen said they were nominated for showing outstanding ‘innovation, professionalism and passion’ in their approach to hair and beauty.

He added: “We are excited by the nominees in this category and are looking forward to some glamorous outfits on the night!”

The Exmouth Business Awards 2018 are being held on Friday, May 18, at Ocean.

A drinks reception will begin at 6.00pm, followed by the call to table at 7.10pm and guests sitting down at 7.30pm.

Tickets are available to buy now, at Exmouth Pavilion, until May 12.

Full details of the timetable and ticket applications are available at www.exmouthchamber.co.uk

Exmouth Chamber of Commerce is also holding a Finalists’ Big Breakfast, on May 8, at Ocean Top Suite, from 7am until 9am.

The free event offers a chance to celebrate and network with others involved in the awards and features a guest speaker, on using the awards platform and making the most of your business.

To book a place RSVP: secretary@exmouthchamber.co.uk

Full details of the timetable and ticket applications are available at http://www.exmouthchamber.co.uk/

The shortlist of nominees for the Exmouth Business Awards 2018 is as follows:

Tourism and Leisure Experience of the Year

■ Footgolf on the Exe

■ Raceworld

■ SportyStars

Independent Retailer of the Year

■ Living & Lifestyle Mobility

■ The Cake Lady

■ Olympia Casting

Hair and Beauty Business of the Year

■ Summer & Lola

■ Reflexetions Hair & Beauty

■ I.Nova Studios

Social Enterprise/Charity of the Year

■ Exmouth and District Community Transport Group

■ Exmouth NCI

■ Exmouth in Bloom

Professional Services of the Year

■ BSL Enabling

■ Stocks & Co

■ Raymond James

■ Straight Marketing Limited

Restaurant/Café/Bar of the Year

■ Millers

■ Bumble and Bee

■ Point Bar & Grill, Exmouth

Young Entrepreneur of the Year

■ Brett at Extra Hands

■ Stevie at Just Purrfect

■ Tyler at Level 1 Games Cafe

Best Customer Services of the Year

■ Collett’s Models

■ The Cake Lady

■ Dolphin Preschool and nursery

■ Just Purrfect

Fitness/Healthcare and Wellbeing Provider of the Year

■ Bluebird Care Exmouth

■ Sol Energies Exmouth

■ Pete’s Dragons

Small Business of the Year

■ Clear Reach

■ JJB Marine

■ The Beauty Room

■ The Proper Fish and Chip Company

Best Business of the Year

■ Let’s Talk Mobiles

■ Urban Earth

■ Accounting on us

Best New Business of the Year

■ Poppy’s Paws

■ Sympathetic Damp Solutions LTD

■ Devon Carpet Care

Read next: More stories in our build-up to the Exmouth Business Awards 2018

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