Finalists for British spa awards drawn up

The individuals, salons and spas winning through to the finals of the tenth annual British Beauty & Spa Awards have been announced.
Celebrating ten years of rewarding and recognising the best in the beauty and spa industry, the British Beauty & Spa Awards, presented by Health & Beauty Salon in association with Salon Secure, reflect the way in which the beauty industry has developed over recent years. Categories celebrate both business acumen and hands-on treatments and procedures from salons, spa’s and individuals within the British beauty industry.

“It’s been an amazing ten years,” comments Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Health & Beauty Salon, Jayne Lewis-Orr, “The beauty and spa industries have grown and developed and the British Beauty & Spa Awards has grown in line with their development. From the outset, we wanted to recognise and reward excellence, innovation and professionalism by businesses and individuals within the beauty industry and each year the number of entries we receive are a fantastic testament to the British beauty industry. There are so many dedicated and professional therapists, salons and spas in the UK.”

Health & Beauty Salon magazine launched the British Beauty & Spa Awards in 1997 to raise the profile of the professional beauty and spa industry by recognising and rewarding innovation and excellence throughout the industry. They rapidly became the most prestigious awards in the industry.

“Dedication and commitment to excellence has been shown by every finalist,” comments Health & Beauty Salon Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, Jayne Lewis-Orr. “All finalists represent the best the beauty industry has to offer in their chosen area of skill - whether it is body therapy, training, customer care, marketing or retailing. Success in this market is not only determined by practical skills, but also by business acumen - and the British Beauty & Spa Awards are designed to reward and recognise both.”

Salons, spas, and individual therapists have to meet the strict criteria set for the category they enter. Their work is presented in a dossier, along with corresponding evidence to back up any claims, and sent to the event organisers for verification.


Judging for the British Beauty & Spa Awards takes place over two days. During the judging process, representatives from the sponsoring companies along with industry experts, are split into groups and read through the dossiers to ensure the criteria has been met before selecting the finalists in each category. Judges cannot confer during the judging process, and each mark all entries independently.

Previous award winners include celebrity nail technician Leighton Denny, who sculpts the nails of supermodels and celebrities alike. The Spa at the Mandarin Oriental, a previous winner of the Day Spa of the Year category is a favourite of Madonna’s when she’s in London, while the luxurious celebrity bolt-hole, Champneys Forest Mere, in Liphook, Hampshire, and the beautifully located, Stobo Castle, on the Scottish Borders, are both previous recipients of the Destination Spa of the Year Award. Meanwhile, Glasgow-based Rainbow Room International Beauty and Spa has won the Scotland and North West Salon of the Year category three times, and is now in the prestigious Hall of Fame, as is Saks, Julijana Zappia, Claire Fairest, One Spa, Leighton Denny, Beauty with Sara and be…healthy & beautiful.

The British Beauty & Spa Awards 2006 presentation takes place on Sunday, 10th September 2006 at the Royal Lancaster Hotel, London. Hosted by a leading TV personality, the event is the biggest and brightest in the beauty industry calendar, and features fabulous entertainment, a superb dinner, and, of course, the much-anticipated announcement of the winners of the British Beauty & Spa Awards 2006.