So, tell us what inspired you to get this off the ground?
I have worked for myself for the past 14 years but have always been nervous of the economy to branch out and employ staff, opening a new business is a nerve racking decision, but then this opportunity at DW in st brelades Bay hotel came up i decided it had to be now or neva!!
What did you do prior to starting this business?
I have worked in the Beauty industry for more than 20 years, on leaving school I worked for Estee Lauder, and then decided to go to college at Champneys in Tring. On leaving I worked for 3 years at The Sanctuary in Covent Garden. It is actually all I know and I still love it as much as I did 20 years ago.
Did that teach you any lessons that helped you succeed?
Well always in the first few years of any career you make your mistakes. After 3 years at the Sanctuary i felt confident to branch out on my own. the beauty industry is always changing and updating so its important to keep up. You can never think your ahead of the game.
What’s the hardest lesson you’ve learnt since starting the business?
The paper work and the fact you never switch off. I spend most of my time working now, and treatments themselves have become a small part of that work load. It is great stretching my mind and implementing my ideas, I have learnt so much so far and I am really enjoying working with my fantastic team.
Any funny stories that you have about the business starting out ?
Believe me there are always funny stories in the beauty industry, but client confidentiality is always a must! It is a wonderful industry to be in because everyone who comes to see you is there because they want to be and not because they have to be.
What are your plans for the future ?
To work really hard and make a huge success of Bellezza and enjoy the journey along the way. I intend to give the best service to both local people and passing trade. Nothing is to much trouble and increasing on my a loyal client base is my challenge.
What advice would you give to would-be entrepreneurs ?
I do not really think I am in a position to give advise just yet!! I suppose so long as you have a good support structure around you, and you are confident in your field, then believe in yourself and go for it. A smile on your face goes a long way, Generally people want you to succeed and I have been overwhelmed with the support I have had.
School Beaulieu Convent
First job Pirouette Shoe Shop
Book 50 Shades of Grey!!!
Music Anything / Everything
Film Shawshank Redemption
Gadget Apple, apple, apple!
Last holiday St Lucia
The expensive things in life
About the business
Situated with the newly renovated luxurious St Brelades Bay Hotel, Bellezza is an oasis of calm. Its contempory style and outstanding views bring a sense of immediate relaxation. Treatments are offered using top quality brands such as Dermalogica, OPI and Bio Gel amongst others. They offer essential beauty maintenance, nail care, facials or more indulgent body treatments emphasising ‘Beauty in the Bay’. They are open 7 days a week with 4 late evenings. If you book a treatment over 60 minutes you are also welcome to use the facilities to include the pool, fibre optic steam room and Jacuzzi.