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So You Hairdressing from Wellington named 2012 Kitomba NZARH New Zealand Salon of the Year

Malcolm | November 13th, 2012

So You Hairdressing from Wellington named 2012 Kitomba NZARH New Zealand Salon of the Year

2012 Kitomba NZARH New Zealand Salon of the Year winner Holly Cartmell, from So You Hairdressing, Wellington presented with her award by Tom Murphy, CEO, Kitomba Salon & Spa Software.

Newcomer Mane Salon picks up three awards

Post-Earthquake community spirit fosters business success for two Christchurch salons
Wellington, 13 November 2012. At a glamorous ceremony in the Wellington Town Hall on Sunday night, So You Hairdressing from Wellington, was named the 2012 Kitomba NZARH New Zealand Salon of the Year. They also won the Shock Consult Classic Salon at the annual 2012 Hair Industry Awards.

In announcing So You Hairdressing as overall winner, Kitomba CEO, Tom Murphy, said, “So You Hairdressing was the best all round entrant. Nominated as a finalist in an impressive five categories and winner of Shock Consult Classic Salon of the Year, So You Hairdressing demonstrated outstanding business performance, strong growth in a mature business, consistent marketing and a clear workplace culture.”

Holly Cartmell, owner of So You Hairdressing said, “Winning these awards is the crème del a crème and all I can think is I am so grateful So You Hairdressing has been recognized for what I always dreamed it would be. My team are the ones at the helm of my business and they feel so proud to be part of this great team.”

Newcomer Mane Salon picks up three awards

Mane Salon, also from Wellington had a prize-winning night too, collecting the Images Excellence in Marketing, L’Oreal Entrepreneur of the Year and Kitomba Best New Entrant awards.

Janine Simons, owner of Mane Salon said, “As a new salon, winning these awards will help us build our profile and gain credibility with our clients. It has absolutely boosted the morale of the team and makes everyone feel proud to be a part of the Mane vision.”

Post-Earthquake community spirit fosters business success for two Christchurch salons

H&B Hair Art and Beauty and Do.Hairstyling, both from Christchurch and both working in the same salon celebrated success at the Hair Industry Awards taking away the Telecom Grand Salon of the Year and Goldwell Boutique Salon of the Year respectively. But for these two salons, community spirit shone above all else. H&B Hair Art & Beauty has hosted Do.Hairstyling in its salon since the Christchurch earthquakes destroyed Do.Haristyling’s salon.

Mr Murphy said, “Two salons running separate and competing businesses side-by-side over an extended period of time and delivering strong growth and profitability results is very impressive. It’s also an example of how supportive and connected the New Zealand hair industry is. A true community spirit.”

Do.Hairstyling will be celebrating the opening of its new Christchurch salon on 29 November.

Lynnette Karam-Whalley, President of NZARH said, “The New Zealand hair industry can be very proud of these businesses. Despite trying times, the award winners have delivered astounding performance and pushed standards forward on every front. They are role models that we can all learn from.”

The Kitomba NZARH Business Awards are an annual event that recognise top performing salons in New Zealand and is sponsored and judged by industry leaders L’Oreal, Wella, Goldwell, Schwarzkopf, Shock Consult, Telecom and Images Magazine.

Now in its seventh year, the Kitomba NZARH Business Awards were created to foster, encourage and celebrate business excellence within the hair industry.

The Business Awards are presented at a joint event with the HITO Awards to bring together the ‘Hair Industry Awards’. The 2012 HITO Apprentice of the Year is Marianna Brown from Do.Hairstyling in Christchurch.

Kitomba is New Zealand’s leading salon and spa Software Company, focused on helping make its customers more successful. In 2009 the company was recognised by Deloitte as one of the Fastest 500 Growing Companies in the Asia Pacific.

Full list of award winners announced on the night:

Schwarzkopf Business Stylist of the Year: Jess Waters from Biba Boutique Salon, Auckland Judges commented, “Pure passion for life and the industry really flows from this entry and her KPI results.”

Images Excellence in Marketing: Mane Salon, Wellington

The judges commented, “Mane Salon has a very clearly defined target market, strong marketing plan and well thought out ideas, which line perfectly with the business objectives. They have it nailed.”

Telecom Employer of Choice: Sutherland-Todd Hairdressing, Christchurch

The judges commented, “This submission clearly shows a salon owner that takes the time to get to know and understand her team. It is the small things that sometimes count the most! The salon philosophy is certainly felt and acted upon by staff members. Outstanding training and clear objectives.”

Wella Fastest Growing Salon: Oscar&Co., Auckland

Judges commented, “An amazing leap in turnover. Ongoing business success will continue through the combined business vision and the creative energy of this fast growing team.”

L’Oreal Entrepreneur of the Year: Janine Simons, Mane Salon, Wellington

Judges commented, “Mane has found a niche in the market which will enhance the industry collectively. Every aspect of their vision folds and leads into another area that combines to make a strong commercial model for future Mane Salons.”

Goldwell Boutique Salon of the Year: Do.Hairstyling, Christchurch

Winners of this category for the second year in a row, judges commented, “This salon is still rebuilding following the earthquakes yet maintains solid growth and profitability. Can’t wait to see next year’s results. Do.Hairstyling has definitely got heart.”

Shock Consult Classic Salon of the Year: So You Hairdressing, Wellington

Judges commented, “This is an entry that demonstrates a true ‘entrepreneurial’ business owner not afraid to take risks and look at her business constructively. A strong and thorough business plan that is followed through in detail, So You sets the standard and leads by example.”

Telecom Grand Salon of the Year: H&B Hair Art and BeautyChristchurch

Winners of this category for the second year in a row, judges commented “An awesome business driven by a dynamic leader. It’s great to see financial planning 2-3 years into the future and there is clearly good community spirit as demonstrated after the earthquakes.”

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