TWO beauty therapy students from Bridlington’s East Riding College have taken the plunge by opening a salon while still studying.
Jen Middleton, 34, and Emmie Prince, 21, both from Bridlington, have opened Essential Beauty in a unit at Applegarth Court, an extra care housing facility in Applegarth Lane in the town.
They were both inspired to make the move while still on their course as a result of the College’s “enterprise” schemes, which encourage students to develop the skills needed to be successful in their working lives.
Jen and Emmie both completed the Level Two Diploma in Beauty Therapy and progressed onto the level three course with a view to opening a salon.
Neither thought it would be possible while they were still at College until they saw a presentation by Jane Walton from Youth Enterprise Services, who then gave them further advice.
Jen said: “We really didn’t think it would be an option but after speaking to Jane she showed us it would be possible and gave us advice on issues such as business rates and tax.”
Emmie said: “Then we got a call saying the beautician had left Applegarth and it was a daily rent, which makes it more affordable.
“Now we’re up and running and really enjoying it.”
The college’s ‘Enterprise Entitlement’ seeks to ensure that students are given the skills in addition to what they learn on their main courses to be successful in their working life, whether they are employed or self-employed.
This includes a programme of guest speakers and an enterprise society which enables students to get extra support and advice on issues such as how to set up a business, tax, CV writing and similar topics.
Enrichment officer Tracy Underwood said: “We have recognised as a College that enterprise skills are very important for our students’ success as they are the future employees and employers.
“I’m delighted that Jen and Emmie have been able to achieve their goal of setting up a salon as a direct result of this.”
Jane Walton said: “I am inspired by the passion and commitment that has enabled Jen and Emmie to launch their business Essential Beauty in Bridlington. I work as a business tutor and mentor with YES, a social enterprise, funded by the Local Enterprise Partnership, to introduce students to self-employment.
“Emmie and Jen show what is possible with a positive attitude and motivation. I look forward to continuing to work with Tracy Underwood and East Riding College to support young people to set up in business.”