“What a time to be Saks” was the phrase on everyone’s lips at this year’s Saks Gathering and Awards. The glam-fest that played out at the Hilton Metropole on Edgware Road on 21 January showcased – amidst 1000s of sequins – what it means to be part of the Saks Fam, including exciting stuff planned for 2018.

Hosted by Saks’ MD Stephen Kee, and attended by the hair and beauty industry’s glitterati – including Creative Head, Hairdressers Journal, Decleor, L’Oreal, ghd – a 500 strong contingent of hair and beauty people were in the mood to party! Salons, creative stylists, beauty therapists and rising stars were awarded and applauded in true Saks style.

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AND THE WINNERS OF SAKS AWARDS 2017…

HAIR & BEAUTY SALON OF THE YEAR – Saks West Bridgford

West BridgfordSalon owner Michelle Shergill has had her eyes on this prize for a while now. Hannah of Michelle’s hair team says: “We are all sooooo pleased. Michelle’s a fantastic boss to work for and WE DID IT!”

HAIR SALON OF THE YEAR – Saks Yarm for the SECOND year running…

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BEAUTY SALON OF THE YEAR – Saks Beauty Northallerton for the SECOND year running…

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SAKS4EVE FUNDRAISING SALON OF THE YEAR – Saks Knutsford
Athena Lamnisos, CEO of The Eve Appeal, presented team-Knutsford for raising a legendary £9,230.90 in one year to aid research into gynae cancers.

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SAKS WOMAN OF THE YEAR – new category – Claire Denyer, Saks Kings Hill
To launch our new Saks Woman of the Year competition we kicked off by celebrating a very special woman from the Saks Fam. The first to be inducted into a SAKS WOMAN hall of fame in fact.

Janet King, Head of Marketing, described Claire as “Inspirational. Fun. Multi-award winning. Strong. Beautiful inside and out. A brilliant ambassador for Saks. And someone who simply won’t let chronic pain get in the way.” Know Claire, know this is SO true. Tears and hugs all round!CD


HAIR ACHIEVEMENTS
TOP STYLIST – Andrea Currah, Saks Hexham

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HAIR IMAGE – Isabelle Brittain, Saks Doncaster
COLOUR IMAGE – April Sprott, Saks Doncaster
AVANT-GARDE IMAGE – Sofia Reyeros, Saks Exeter
MEN’S IMAGE – Jessica Peel, Saks Bishop Auckland

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BEAUTY ACHIEVEMENTS
ADVANCED THERAPIST ACHIEVEMENT – Nicci Clark, Saks Kings Hill
THERAPIST ACHIEVEMENT – Natalie Smith, Saks Beauty Halifax

APPRENTICE TALENT
The Saks Faces of the future? Watch out for this lot…
INTERMEDIATE HAIR IMAGE – Harpreet Dhaliwal – Saks Heston
ADVANCED HAIR IMAGE – Issac Pearson –Saks Bishop Auckland
INTERMEDIATE BEAUTY – Alice Wilson, Saks Halifax
ADVANCED BEAUTY – Jade Adams, Saks Poulton

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ABOUT SAKS A-TEAM 2017…
Special mention was made to Saks A-Team 2017 – stylists from our salons across the UK that made the leap to the next level by bagging a place on our creative training programme with Saks Art Team – we salute you!

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Our MD, Stephen Kee, says: “This year’s Gathering is the one to beat. The relationship we have with our people is fantastic – we’re all singing from the same hymn sheet and we love rewarding Saks people for what they do for us every day.

ABOUT ‘MATERIAL WORLD’
Creative Director Luke Pluckrose, Saks Art Team and Saks’ lead makeup artist Hollie Simpson also put on a breathtaking hair show. More soon.

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FANCY JOINING THE SAKS FAM?
Interesting in owning your own Saks salon? Read about Saks Franchising here. Latest hair and beauty vacancies here.

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