Welcome to our December blog, it has been a few months since completing one. Hope you all had a fantastic Christmas and enjoyed all of those festivities that this time of year has to offer.

We are approaching the New Year when all of those new years resolutions are made for the coming year, one where we reflect on the past year with a mixture of emotions, depending on what life has thrown our way. Somehow we managed to survive and enter the new year with new hope and new goals for 2019 to be an amazing year!

What is the Beauty Industry worth?

In the UK, the beauty industry employs over a million people and is worth £17 billion. Women aged 18 to 34 are the biggest spenders according to Global data.

Despite the prolonged doom and gloom on the UK high street, waning consumer confidence, and restricted budgets, the health & beauty sector has far from lost its appeal., and the market reaching £26.7bn by 2022 according to Global Data, a leading data and analytics company.

Looking at these figures, it is now a great time to step your toes into the beauty industry, research evidently shows that it is increasing year upon year and showing no signs of recession. City and Guilds completed a study which I featured on one of my blogs approx. 2 years ago, stating that beauty therapists were the happiest workers and one of the most stress free jobs to choose a career in.

We are now enrolling for our level 2 and level 3 beauty programmes, so now is the time to think about what you want to specialise in, whether it is nails, beauty, make up, microblading etc, we only have very small class sizes we nurture our students to qualify and to become successful in the beauty industry, we follow their journey, some of our successful students we have listed below.

Laura Hall

Qualified with our academy back in 2017, she is now an ambassador for Nailchemy Nails, she has entered Worldwide nail competitions and came 3rdin America in a Nail art competition, what a huge achievement. She has also been featured on ITV news with her Turkey dinner nail art 3d nail which was so small and looked so lifelike, she is doing extremely well in the nail industry, we are just so proud of her and she continues to grow week by week, she can be found on her live videos on Nailchemy facebook page where she does live videos she is well worth a watch and even for her cracking sense of humour!

Katie Willetts

Katie trained with us in Level 3 nail technology, she has gained success with her many wins at UK Nail Tech, she has since in November 2018 been nominated for Nail Technician of the year awards, she got in the national finals at Oceanic awards for the beauty and nail industry prestigious awards, again Katie is going from strength to strength in her career. Again we are very proud of her success.

Stephanie Orchard

Stephanie trained with us on level 2 and level 3 Nail Technology, she has won multiple national awards and is now a trainer at our academy, we are very proud of Stephanie, she teaches on our level 2 and level 3 nail technology courses and is currently upskilling in level 2 beauty therapy and will complete her studies in January 2019. She also works in Gibb Street Beauty & Aesthetics on a part time basis, so if you want a set of amazing nails done by Stephanie you can book in with her online at www.gibbstreetbeauty.co.uk.

We have many more amazing students doing great work out in the industry, if you want to train with one of the leading beauty academies in the UK, look no further.


We were recently approached by Ofqual the leading organisation for qualifications to conduct and take part in a research study for assessments in the beauty industry we were highly honoured to have been asked to be part of this research one that shows that we are a quality centre for beauty it was a 2 hour study/research exercise which will mark the assessment process which takes place on all level 1, 2, 3, 4 qualifications, the study was aimed at level 2 beauty therapy, Margaret Parker and myself (Lyndsey Tidmarsh) both tutors at the academy were asked questions on how we thought the assessment process could be improved and whether it currently worked as it stands and so forth. A very interesting research exercise, we will await the results now to find out how things will be implemented under the current methods.

New Salon Open!    Gibb Street Beauty & Aesthetics

We are proud to announce we have opened up a beauty salon at the academy premises. The beauty salon is an add on service of the academy, our tutors work in the salon part time and also it enables our students to be able to work in there too giving salon experience on their CV’s which enables them to be salon ready. Many salons require experienced therapists and will not take on newly qualified staff which is very unfair, therefore it is such a great opportunity for the students. Check out the website www.gibbstreetbeauty.co.ukif you want to book in for any treatments rest assured you will be in good hands. We are offering Microblading Brows, luxury Eminence Facials, Vegan Manicure and Pedicure treatments using Orly Products which are all vegan friendly, Orly Gel Polish, Acrylic and gel extentions by our award winning nail tech and tutor Stephanie and many more treatments.

Beauty Entrepreneur of the Year Awards.

I am very proud to announce that 2018 was a great year personally, I was in the national finals for English Womens Awards for the category Beauty Entrepreneur of the Year, I cam in second place and gained the title of Highly Commended Beauty Entrepreneur, one I ma very proud of, I have worked very hard in the beauty industry for 21 years now and I am still very passionate about it every single day, I just love the industry so much and will continue to improve the industry in any way I can for all of you future budding beauty therapists out there. I continue to support many students after they have trained with us at the academy and will always continue to do that as your success is our success. We have had a very busy year and our courses continue to get very booked up quickly, we had our busiest December in 3 years with courses and are so proud to say we had courses on every day throughout December, which goes to show that there are so many of you that want to learn news kills or improve your personal development in the beauty industry. We continue to gain all 5 * reviews on our facebook page with the quality training we provide and excellent service in customer care.

We are now enrolling for all of our NVQ courses for the New Year so don’t leave it too long in getting enrolled on our courses, as places are filling up fast. We offer weekend courses and evening and daytime courses to cater for everyone and their work and family life. The new year is a good time to start, if you want a flexible career working around the family a career in the beauty industry is the perfect profession to get into because it offers all of that and more, whether you want to work as a mobile therapist, work in a salon, or both. There are plenty of jobs available in this industry and we constantly get approached by salons in Birmingham area and other areas for qualified students , we have placed quite a few  students in these salons who are working successfully in the industry.

On that note I am wishing you all a fantastic New Year and hope your celebrations go with a bang! Hope to see some of you in the New Year training at the academy, we will welcome you with a big friendly smile! See you in 2019……..