A HAIR and beauty salon has capped off a hectic year with a hat trick of awards after being named Lancashire’s best small business.
Owner of Tufties Hair and Beauty, in Rawtenstall, Victoria Jones was delighted when her one-stop salon won both Business of the Year and the Valley at Work award in the Rossendale Business Awards in November.
Now at the prestigious Red Rose Awards in Blackpool, the salon was named as Small Business of the Year.
“When we got to the awards ceremony it was amazing,” said Victoria. “So many people were there and I never thought I had a chance because the competition was so strong. I was thrilled and delighted when we won.”
Tufties developed its new salon out of the Grade II listed former Rams Head pub on Newchurch Road, but the conversion has not been without its challenges.
“Planning was really hard work, as this is a conservation area and because of the nature of the building,” said Victoria, 46.
“When I bought the building I thought it would be a few months and I would be open but it took 18 months.
“I kept as many original features as I could, ceilings, seating, panelling even the old vents.
“I have always an eye on what my next development will be and we are going to open a new department on wigs and hair pieces for people fighting cancer and staff will be specially trained.”
Victoria opened Tufties 15 years ago initially on Ormerod Street, Rawtenstall.
Her daughter Shelby was only two at the time – now she is 17 and has joined her mother in the business as a stylist.
“We like to enter award competitions as they are a good measure of progress and success for the business,” said Victoria.
“Winning is good for business and also good for morale; it also helps to differentiate us from our competition.”
The Red Rose Awards were founded by Lancashire Business View.
Event founder Richard Slater said: “The Red Rose Awards are very hotly contested, so Tufties should be very proud that they have seen off all the competition. They have big plans for the future and what they have already shown is that they can achieve anything they aim for.”
* Haslingden boutique Ruby and Daisy also won the New Business of the Year title at the Red Rose Awards.