Dragons Den- Enterprise Pitch
Wed, 16 June 2010
Hair and Beauty students studying Enterprise were given the opportunity to pitch their business ideas to a Dragon’s Den style panel headed by college Principal Peter Ryder.
Christopher Ben Finch, who has already launched his own salon presented his ideas to develop the business so it appeals to the local community by providing quality affordable treatments for clients on low incomes. Chris says “I have learned so much from setting up the business, it has been great.”
Joanne Griffin who also runs a salon in Ashton town centre, said that her aim was to give ‘me time’ to mums and carers. Joanne explained that, “A stressed out carer or mum has an effect on more than just themselves.” Joanne offers a child friendly room with her service and childcare opportunities when possible so that mums get the opportunity to relax whilst being pampered. Joanne plans to visit Sure Start Childrens’ Centres, Mums and Tots groups and New Charter events to advertise her services in the area.
Amna Awan presented her business plans. Her business, ‘Elegance’, will fill a gap in the market by providing a unique Asian make up service for brides, something which not many salons offer. She is starting a make-up course in September 2010 which will train her in specialised Asian bridal make up and plans to offer wedding packages within her community whilst studying.
The final presentation was delivered by Laura Palmer, with her idea for a unique service providing tailor made treatments for people with disabilities. She explained how there is a shortage of specialised hairdressers with the correct resources and knowledge to accommodate people with disabilities. Laura has planned to provide a salon that is adapted with specialised back washes and chairs. She aims to give people with disabilities the opportunity of having their hair and make-up done in comfort. Laura has been receiving guidance for the project and for the moment is going to extend her knowledge about different disabilities and set up her mobile hairdressing business to build up her clientele and develop her professional skills.
After receiving questions and comments from the panel, students were congratulated on their efforts. Beauty Therapy lecturer, Anna Hoszowskyj, commented “The course prepares and supports learners and guides them to set up their own business as it gives them the confidence to test out business ideas.”