Retailer of the Year 2006

Sands Franchising Ltd

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About the business

Sands health and beauty salons offer spray tanning, toning tables, nail treatments and beauty treatments all under one roof. Established by Kerry Ellway in October 2005, the wide range of services offered sets Sands apart from their competitors and has allowed them to establish themselves successfully.

Judges’ comments

So many people open new shops that this is always a competitive category. Kerry Elway stood out from the crowd this year because of the sheer speed and extent of her business’s growth. Not only is her tanning business, Sands Franchising, already turning over more than half a million pounds, but it has also managed to open one franchise per month since starting to sell franchises; an achievement for any business, particularly impressive for such a young one. This success has been achieved with some innovative marketing activities as well as community involvement, featuring regular charity days.

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