Business links in beauty

Tuesday 27 June 2017

The beauty business creates 1,000s of jobs in the UK and so Bedford College team members were delighted to join a gathering of the key faces of the industry recently. 

Mrs Dorothy Purdew, owner of Champneys health spas, and two of her one-time £29.50 a week trainees, Kerry Cash and Kerry Symons, met with Kerry Attfield of Bedford College’s Brooks Hair and Beauty Salon, at the event.

Mrs Purdew gave the audience of 50 at The Embankment Hotel a brief resume of how she started what was to become a multi-million pound business and praised Kerry Cash for being an ambitious entrepreneur who now owns 5th Avenue Hair and Beauty salon, and Kerry Symons who is now Champneys Henlow Spa Manager.

Kerry Cash had organised the event to introduce a new product range at 5th Avenue from Elemis. The 5th Avenue supper nights cost £25 per head and include a glass of bubbly, two course dinner, free goodie bag and raffle ticket to win prizes like a day for two at Champneys, an overnight stay at The Embankment and flowers from Fleurettes of Bedford - plus discounts off products and treatments.

Kerry also talked about developments at the 5th Avenue Salon: How Bedford College trainees had helped to raise £500 for charity at the Bedford Rugby Club ‘Pink Day’ and how Kerry had been a judge at the fantastic Bedford College Hair and Beauty Show.

“It’s all about us working together to make sure our town gets its share of this huge business which provides great career opportunities for young people,” said Kerry, who is a Director of Bedford College Services Ltd which manages commercial activities across the college campuses.

Photo of the Three Kerrys, from left - Symons, Cash and Attfield with Dorothy Purdew.

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