Dream fulfilled as new beauty salon opens in Torquay

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Dream fulfilled as new beauty salon opens in Torquay

For many years 25-year old Naomi Stephen's ambition has been to open her own hair and beauty salon in her home town of Torquay.

Now with the help of some family funding and the advice and support of her Torquay based NatWest Business Manager, Declan Shanahan, the dream is becoming a reality. Having just completed the transformation of the former furniture store on East Street, which has stood empty for over a year, she is today opening the doors of Elegance Hair and Beauty Salon, bringing both a new service and employment to the area.

Visitors to the salon will enjoy state-of-the-art hairdressing facilities, and three dedicated treatment rooms will offer all the options clients would expect, including waxing, facials, manicures, pedicures, spray-tanning, massage, wedding packages and pamper parties. Naomi is well placed to pamper clients in both the hair and beauty arenas having trained as a hairdresser when she moved to Spain in 2004 and qualified as a beautician when she transferred to Canada in 2006. On returning to Spain, Naomi started her first beauty business but always wanted to return to her home town. Since returning to Torquay two years ago she has worked for a local salon and then established a mobile beauty service, whilst exploring the possibility of launching her own business.

The creation of the new salon has been a real family affair. Naomi's boyfriend Grant has undertaken the refurbishment of the salon via his recently formed property business – GCA Plastering and Building Maintenance, and Naomi's Dad also took two months off work and travelled over from Spain to help out.

Commenting on her new venture, Naomi Stephens, said: "I'm thrilled to be opening the doors of Elegance and can't wait to welcome my first clients. I would like to thank everyone who has helped turn this dream into a reality, including my family and friends and of course Grant for all his hard work making the place look so fantastic. I'd also like to thank Declan Shanahan from NatWest who has been with me every step of the way providing everything I need to get the business up and running as well as lots of advice and support."

Declan Shanahan, Naomi's Torquay based NatWest Business Manager, continued: "It's great to see Naomi fulfilling her dream of opening her own salon in her home town and I'm delighted that I have been able to offer the support she has needed. There is so much more to starting up a new business than having the required finance in place, and a large part of my role is to take that weight off of a new business owners' shoulders. Now I have done that for Naomi she has set me to work doing the same for Grant!"

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