SARAH BEATS COMPETITION TO BECOME ONLY BEAUTY BUSINESS IN NORTH
LANCASHIRE TO REACH PRESTIGIOUS EVA FINALS
A young hairdressing salon owner from Bolton-le-Sands has become the only businesswoman from North Lancashire to reach the finals in her category of the Enterprise Vision Awards.
Sarah Jackson, 27, runs The Hair Spa in the heart of the village of Bolton-le-Sands, Carnforth.
“My long-held dream was to launch and run a successful salon which kept clients coming back time and time again. I wanted to bring standards of hair and beauty that you might expect to find in a big city to a rural business site.”
Even as a pupil at Queen Elizabeth School, Kirkby Lonsdale, Sarah knew exactly what career path she wanted to take. It is this determination
coupled with an ability to put her plans into action that has impressed the judges of the EVA’s competition which recognises inspiring businesswomen across the North West.
Sarah started young – she began working at Angles hair salon in Carnforth at the age of 14.
She says: “I was the hair washer, the sweeper, the brew maker. I loved it. I left school at 16 with no hesitation whatsoever about what I wanted to do.”
Working at David Frank was instrumental to her success. “I learned such a lot there and I studied hairdressing for three years at Lancaster & Morecambe College.” During her third year, only months away from gaining NVQ Level 3 she made the big leap into business ownership. She was just 19 years old.
Despite her youth Sarah was undaunted. The entrepreneurial spirit runs in the family; the building firm Thomson & Jackson was run by three
generations of Sarah’s family. Her grandma ran wool shops in Bolton-le-Sands and Lancaster, and Sarah’s aunt, Liz Holden, a particular inspiration, is a mobile hairdresser.
Sarah’s first salon, at the far end of Main Road, opened in 2006 with only a Saturday girl for company.
“It quickly became clear that the need for a local salon was much greater than even I had envisaged,” Sarah explains.
“Only months in and I was able to take on more staff. After six successful years in that first salon I moved into our current premises – bigger and better – a place that allows our stylists to flourish and our ever growing clientele to be catered for at a level we think they deserve.” There is also a beauty business on the first floor headed by Phillippa Robinson.
The EVA judges were also impressed by Sarah’s role as a mentor. She adds:
“Every stylist or assistant who became part of the Hair Spa family has helped to shape the business. Passing my knowledge down the line as new faces join us each year is a real thrill. I encourage my staff to fly high.”
Sarah is excited about attending the awards ceremony at The Winter Gardens, Blackpool, on Friday 26 September.
“Winning would be wonderful but I already feel like a winner because I swell with pride every evening when I stand in the salon after the
lights have gone off and thank each and every client for making my dream a reality.”