Salon chain director scoops national award

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The director of a group of hair salons has been honoured at this year’s national British Hairdressing Business Awards.

Steve Rowbottom, who has lived in Harrogate for more than 20 years and has a salon on Station Parade, was named alongside his Westrow partner Marc Westerman as Business Director of the Year at the prestigious ceremony in London last week.

Westrow hairdressing, which has seven salons across Yorkshire including one in Harrogate and one in Wetherby Market Place, is in its 25th year of business, having been established in April 1987 by Steve and Marc.

Steve said: “Winning this award is a great personal and professional accolade for us. We have always strived to set ourselves apart from our competitors with our values and beliefs – everything is about planning for today, which in turn allows us to plan for tomorrow.

“We are proactive and reactive and understand about the perception of the business and how business is perceived and received, and ultimately we have never diversified from our original thought process 25 years ago, which is quality over quantity every time.”

The British Hairdressing Business Awards are now in their 14th year and are designed to recognise and celebrate excellence and exceptional business practice within the hairdressing industry.

Marc and Steve were shortlisted against six other UK salons in the Business Director of the Year category, the ultimate accolade of the ceremony and the most prestigious business award in the hairdressing industry. Judges includedindustry experts, business journalists and financial specialists.

Laura Procter from Westrow West Park in Leeds took home the Franchisee of the Year award.