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YEAR 2021

ENGLISH WOMENS

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SALLY MONTAGUE WINS THE INDEPENDENT RETAIL CATEGORY AT THE ENGLISH WOMEN’S AWARDS

Inspiring women were highlighted at the English Women’s Awards, held on Thursday 21st November 2019 in Birmingham, to celebrate female success. 

It celebrated the achievements of women entrepreneurs, business women, professionals, civil servants, charity workers and others that make England a great and more equal place to live and work. The Awards aimed to highlight the talent of female professionals and entrepreneurs across the Midlands and South.

The public nominated worthy women and the finalists, which included many leading women from across Derbyshire, who were shortlisted in categories ranging from ‘Contribution to Arts and Culture’ to ‘Services to Business’. Among the nominees, there were 29 businesses in the Derbyshire area listed as finalists for 13 categories. 

Sally Montague was nominated and won the Independent Retail Category. Anne Wright of Young Ideas was highly commended at the awards so we had lots to celebrate during the awards event. 

Says Sally Montague: ‘Anne and I work closely together on events and collaborations between our neighbouring businesses in Ashbourne. It’s great that we were nominated – we both believe in the importance of the customer experience and developing independent businesses on the high street. It’s been quite a year for the salon group, after opening a new location inside the David Lloyd club and winning at the British Hairdressing Awards, this event was the last ceremony of 2019 and to win was a great way to round off the year.’

CEO Irfan Younis said of the awards: “Congratulations to all winners and finalists at the 2nd English Women’s Awards 2019. We were delighted to host exceptional finalists who make such brilliant role models and are leading a new generation of women and girls to even greater success.”

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YEAR 2021

MOST WANTED

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FLYING INTO THE FINALS!

It’s a buoyant, entrepreneurial £6.9 billion-a-year industry that provides the heartbeat of UK high streets, and now Sally Montague Hair Group, Ashbourne, is poised to make history in the world of professional hairdressing after beating off nationwide competition to reach the finals of the prestigious Most Wanted awards, presented by leading industry magazine, Creative HEAD.

Established in 2001, Most Wanted celebrates the most accomplished individuals, teams and businesses in British and Irish hairdressing – the talents that lead the industry from the front, whether impressing with their creative skills, building business through teamwork or keeping communities alive and boosting local economies.

Sally Montague Hair Group, Ashbourne is one of five finalists in the Best Salon Experience category, earning a place at the Most Wanted Grand Final on Monday 2 September at Printworks – the atmospheric space that once delivered the Metro and Evening Standard newspapers to London. Here, with actor and comedian Aisling Bea at the helm, the hairdressing stars of 2019 will be unveiled.

Sally Montague Hair Group have seven salons across Derbyshire and the purpose-built Ashbourne site is the largest in the group. The site opened last June after eight years of design and construction and features a large salon, five treatment rooms, relaxation area and a studio for fitness classes. 

“We are over the moon to be finalists, the Ashbourne salon continues to be a great success and now the focus is on building our team. There is really tough competition in both categories and we are delighted to be the only salon outside of London shortlisted in the ‘Best Salon Experience’ category – we built the salon around the needs of our clients and it’s great to be recognised in such a prestigious award.’

The Most Wanted awards comprise 14 categories recognising creativity and success across a multitude of disciplines, from customer service to business innovation. This year’s entries were judged by panels of experts including Gemma Bellman, director of Europe for Glossier; Navaz Batliwalla of Disney Roller Girl fame; Sonia Haria beauty director of the  Telegraph Group; Floral Street founder, Michelle Feeney; session stylists Ken O’Rourke, Tracie Cant, Johnnie Sapong and Syd Hayes; and industry influencers like Johanna Cree Brown, Jayson Gray and John Vial.

Alongside a coveted Most Wanted Trophy, this year’s champions will look forward to a year’s worth of profile-boosting editorial coverage in Creative HEAD and its associated titles, websites and events, resulting in worldwide recognition. 

And success can be far-reaching – past champions have gone on to represent global brands, work alongside prestigious retailers, lead Fashion Week teams in London, New York, Paris and Milan and collaborate with the world’s most coveted designers. To become a Most Wanted winner really is career-changing.

“Most Wanted is the highlight of our year – an opportunity to lift the lid on the exceptional creatives and business thinkers who drive hairdressing to new heights. It’s where new talents are discovered and legends celebrated”Catherine Handcock, Publisher, Creative HEAD 

 

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SALON BUSINESS

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SALON BUSINESS AWARDS FINALISTS

The Derbyshire-based award-winning Sally Montague Hair Group, is celebrating after finalising in two Salon Business Awards categories. 

The highly acclaimed Salon Business awards are considered to be one of the most prestigious accolades in the hairdressing industry. Celebrating the very best of hairdressing, the awards, sponsored by ten leading hair and beauty brands, shine a spotlight on the brightest business minds, entrepreneurs, creatives and ground-breaking innovators within the industry. 

After extensive review, two Sally Montague Hair Group salons have been nominated for two awards. The whole business has been shortlisted for Best Salon Group, while its Ashbourne salon has made it into the final five in the Design Salon category which aims to highlight the salon that excels in all aspects of interior design. 

Ashbourne salon entrance

Judged in two stages by a prestigious panel of business experts, winners will be announced in late June at a ceremony at the Sea Containers Hotel in London.

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YEAR 2021

TEAM AWARDS

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CELEBRATING 2018

On Monday 14th January we invited the whole salon group to Ashbourne for our annual meeting and awards presentation.

We kicked off with an incredibly motivational session with Paul Fishwick, Commercial Development Manager at L’Oreal Professionnel, who inspired us with a workshop on customer excellence and the five star experience. We moved on to a presentation by Sally who reviewed everything that our business and team had achieved in 2018 while looking ahead to what is in store for the next year.

Next, the awards presentations highlighted the team members who had excelled in 2018. Competition is very tough and we only have eight categories so all of the winners and nominees should be incredibly proud. Congratulations to the entire team for making 2018 so fantastic!

THE AWARDS 

The apprentice award for fantastic future potential was awarded to Kaylah – Congratulations Kaylah and well done to our entire apprentice team!

Next up was the best newcomer award which was presented to Sarah- Sarah has made a fantastic start and works in the booking office in Ashbourne.

Sally presented Millie with the stylist growth award for 2018- well done Millie! Millie completed her apprenticeship with us and is now a senior stylist at the Sadler Gate salon

Congratulations Jade, Jade won our spa therapist growth award for 2018. Jade works at both our Ashbourne and Belper salons and in the last year has completed training in ESPA, HD Brows, CACI, WAXU and CARITA.

The five star service award was presented to Emily and Zoe. Thank you to everyone who sent their feedback to help decide who should win this award . Emily is a senior stylist at Belper and Montague Creative at Derby University and Zoe is a creative director at Duffield and Belper.

Trying to squeeze everyone in was a challenge but congratulations to the Old Hall salon who won the team spirit award – well done!

Well done to Lizzie for taking home the ‘Best Performed Stylist’ award. Lizzie is the salon manager at Sadler Gate and this award is very much deserved, 8th year and counting!

Congratulations to the Ashbourne team who scooped the 2018 Salon of the Year!

 

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COLOUR TROPHY

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THE L’OREAL COLOUR TROPHY

We had a great time at the regional finals of the L’Oreal Colour Trophy and had three teams competing who all did exceptionally well. Drew and Millie were judged as ‘Best in Region’ in the mens category and will go on to compete at the Grand Final in June at Battersea Evolution.

Here’s a snapshot of the regional final…

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YEAR 2021

THE COLOUR TROPHY

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THE L’OREAL COLOUR TROPHY 2018

Three teams from our salons have made it through the first round and into the semi-finals of the L’Oréal Colour Trophy Award 2018. This means that they will now go head to head with salons at the North West Regional Semi-Final event on Monday 16th of April in Liverpool. The teams include stylists from the salons in Belper, The Old Hall (St Peters Churchyard) and Ashbourne who all took part in a photoshoot to create their entry images.

During the first round, hundreds of photographic images from across the country were judged by the most influential names in hairdressing, including Angel Montague-Sayers who is also judging the South West and Northern Irish heats. The salon group fought off stiff competition and were successfully chosen to go through to the next round of the competition – the Regional Semi- Finals.

Stylist: Drew Colourist: Millie

The next stage of the competition will put the team through their paces as they now look to create a truly inspirational, contemporary colour, complemented by trend-driven styling and finish. The team of judges will be looking for work that is exceptionally executed and technically precise.

Stylist: Emily

“We were delighted to have all three of our entries selected by the judges and we now have a team competing in each of the categories at the regional final. We enter the L’Oreal Colour Trophy every year to ensure that the techniques we use in salon are at the forefront of British hairdressing and it’s great fun for all the team involved. We’re looking forward to the next stage and are taking a bus full of our apprentices and younger stylists with us to cheer on the teams taking part.” Sally Montague

Stylist: Lorna

At each Regional Semi-Final six successful teams will be announced and they will go forward to compete at the prestigious L’Oréal Colour Trophy Grand Final in London this June.

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YEAR 2021

AWARDS PRESENTATION

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OUR SALON AWARDS PRESENTATION

THE HIGHLIGHTS…

THE WINNERS…

BEST STYLIST

LIZZIE FOX, SADLER GATE

MOST IMPROVED STYLIST

NATALIE, THE OLD HALL

BEST SALON TEAM

SADLER GATE

FIVE STAR SERVICE AWARD

KATIA, SADLER GATE

BEST THERAPIST

DEMI (ASHBOURNE) & GRACE (BELPER)

APPRENTICE AWARD FOR FANTASTIC POTENTIAL

FAY

BEST NEWCOMER

SARAH (OLD HALL/ASHBOURNE) AND MEG (ASHBOURNE)

Well done everyone!

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YEAR 2021

NHF BUSINESS AWARDS

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SALLY MONTAGUE HAIR GROUP SHORTLISTED TO WIN NATIONAL HAIR & BEAUTY BUSINESS AWARD

We’re delighted to have been shortlisted to win a coveted National Hairdressers Federation Business Award for the category ‘best group of businesses’.

The winner of each category will be announced at a spectacular awards dinner, followed by a party to celebrate their success and the NHF’s 75th anniversary. The event is being held in Birmingham on Sunday 19 November.

NHF President, Agnes Leonard said: “We had an astounding response to our Business Awards! The calibre of the entries we received from businesses across the UK was extremely high so our expert panel of judges had a tough job making their selections.

“We can’t wait to celebrate the success of all of our finalists and to announce the winners of each category of our awards’ evening – it’s going to be a phenomenal event!”

 

 

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YEAR 2021

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SALLY MONTAGUE HAIR GROUP REACHES FINALS OF PRESTIGIOUS NATIONAL AWARDS

We’ve been celebrating after being named one of just five finalists in the Best Local Salon category of national hairdressing competition – the Most Wanted Awards.

Thanks to an impressive display of skill, dedication and talent, Sally Montague Hair Group beat off stiff nationwide competition to secure a place at the Most Wanted Grand Final on Monday 4th September 2017, taking place at the historic London Guildhall and hosted by comedian Katherine Ryan.

The salon submitted an entry based on their commitment to their clients and the community, showcasing collaboration with other businesses and the continual training and progression of their team. Judged by influential names in hair, fashion, business and the media – including Vogue beauty editor Lauren Murdoch-Smith, and the founders of BeautyMART, Millie Kendall MBE and Anna-Marie Solowij – the Most Wanted Awards celebrate the outstanding individuals, teams and salons that make British hairdressing the best in the world.

Presented by leading industry magazine Creative HEAD, the Most Wanted Awards comprise 14 categories, each recognising excellence across a multitude of disciplines, from business acumen and customer service to creative skill and technical ability.

“I’ve been so impressed with this year’s entries,” commented Catherine Handcock, Publisher of Creative HEAD.  “We have an exceptionally strong line-up of finalists who, together, demonstrate a wealth of skills, innovation and forward-thinking that is very exciting to see. All our finalists are brilliant at what they do – now let’s look forward to the Grand Final to discover the overall winners.”

 

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CELEBRATING 2016

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CELEBRATING 2016

On Tuesday 7th March 2017 we held an afternoon of celebration as our six salon teams gathered at The Cosy Club in Derby for the annual awards ceremony and group meeting.

The much anticipated awards aim to identify the salon stars that have excelled in their roles over the last 12 months. The afternoon began with a presentation outlining the group’s achievements throughout 2016 and this year’s plans for the business including the new salon and spa being built in Ashbourne. Next Nichola Scott-Challinor, Area Manager for L’Oreal Professionnel, gave a presentation on the new standards and expectations of 5 star salon service.

Sally Montague presented the trophies and prizes, which ranged from vouchers and team outings to luxury hair and skin care. The night culminated with a celebratory dinner at The Cosy Club, where the team toasted their collective successes and awards.

THE WINNERS

The Potential Award: Charlotte Hancock, Apprentice

The One to Watch: Lorna Magilton, Senior Stylist, The Old Hall

The Stylist Award for Professional Growth: Katia Mitenin, Master Stylist, Sadler Gate

The Therapist Award for Professional Growth: Chloe Buxton, Spa Therapist, Ashbourne

Best Colour Salon: Sadler Gate

The Excellence Award: Alice Cronin, Colour Specialist, Ashbourne

Best Performed Team Member: Lizzie Fox, Colour Specialist & Salon Manager, Sadler Gate

Best Salon 2016: Duffield