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College salon reaches finals of prestigious national awards

Most Wanted Salon

Central College Nottingham’s hairdressing salon, Salon Central, has been named a finalist in the “Best Local Salon” category of national hairdressing competition – the Most Wanted Awards. It is the second successive year the Salon has been shortlisted, last year it made the final of the “Innovation” category.

Salon Central, which offers a complete range of hair and beauty treatments, opened on Wheeler Gate in Nottingham city centre in September 2014 near several other national hairdressing chains. Over the last two years it has built up a loyal client base with more than 1000 regular customers within the Nottingham area.

The Salon is spread over three floors with 40 styling units, 16 nail units and 17 beauty beds as well as teaching spaces and staff and theory facilities with approximately 50 students working there at any one time.

The Most Wanted Grand Final takes place on Monday 5 September 2016 at the historic London Guildhall and will be hosted by comedian Rob Beckett. Presented by leading industry magazine Creative HEAD, the Most Wanted Awards comprise 12 different categories, each recognising excellence across a multitude of disciplines, from business acumen and customer service to creative skill and technical ability.   

Judged by influential names in hair, fashion, business and the media – including Chanel’s catwalk hairdresser Sam McKnight, celebrity stylist Andrew Barton, 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.

Colleges don’t tend to get shortlisted in industry awards very often so to be shortlisted in 2015 and 2016 is a fantastic achievement. As well as providing a top training facility, the salon is having a positive impact on student recruitment for our courses with a huge increase in applications for September.

Alison Asbury, Head of Hairdressing at the College

Record entries to this year’s Most Wanted means these will be our most fiercely contested trophies ever. To have made the finals is an amazing achievement – something that marks you out as an exceptional talent.

Catherine Handcock, Publisher of Creative HEAD