Hair news, trends, tips and inspiration

Team awards 2013

Leave a Comment

That’s what friends are for…..

It was a night of celebration and glamour for the salons this week, as the stars of the past year were announced at our annual team awards 2013. With a Sex and the City theme, and held in the suitably appropriate Manhattan Bar in Leicester, thirteen trophies were presented, a new art team was revealed and our 2013 theme was launched – Friends and Family.

BBC Radio Leicester Breakfast Show presenter, Jonathan Lampon, kicked the evening off by introducing his friend Barrie Stephen to the stage.  And then Barrie had the team spell-bound with his story of how it all began; talking about the friends and family who were there to support him right from the beginning when he opened the first salon in Anstey 17 years ago.

Keeping it close to home, the guest speaker then took to the stage, Paralympic gold and silver discus medallist winner, and also client of the Anstey salon, Dan Greaves, who continued the friends and family thread as he told the story of his sporting success. Recounting incredible triumph, world record throws, four Paralympic Games podiums, and an army of loyal supporters, Dan owed his rise to the top to the support and encouragement of his loved ones who literally travelled the world to show their commitment to him.

The evening flowed with long-service anniversary recognition awards for our team members for both 7 years (Carly Riley, Jo Hatten and Jade Finnegan)

and 10 years (Neil Smith, Leanne Watkins, Leah Wright-Smith, Jemma Raisin, Emma Brown, Tia Coltman).

The new 2013 art team was also announced to squeals of delight from the successful three applicants: Annie Morelli, Kate Shearer and Nicole Storer who all now have a year of festivals, photographic shoots, shows and competition events ahead where they will represent the Barrie Stephen team.

Then came the team awards which gave Barrie the chance to applaud the finest performances of 2012 across the team from newcomer to best creative stylist, to overall achiever, manager and most inspirational person. And a hat trick was won by Grace Forster picking up Home Care Advisor, Colourist and Kerastase Ritual Ambassador.

The awards were presented by a host of local stars from Team GB athlete Dan Greaves through to BBC Radio Leicester football reporter Ian Stringer, producer Namrata Varia and BBC East Midlands Television reporter Eleanor Garnier as well as brand representatives from Kerastase, KMS and the sponsor, managing director of Schwarzkopf Professional, Linton Husbands.

Barrie Stephen said: “This had to be the best team awards night yet. It had the wow factor from the beginning:  a red carpet welcome for everyone with jazz music from a double bass player outside the bar and a singer inside, and then an evening of celebrating team work and individual star-shows.

“I’m immensely proud of what we’ve achieved over the last 17 years. Barrie Stephen is a name people associate with high quality hairdressing but when people come up to me in the street, or stop me in the salons…they don’t talk about me, or the brand or the name…they talk about my team. They are the business!

“2013 is all about friends and family; those people nearest to us, be it friend or family, who makes us who we are, who challenges us, who cheers us on, who congratulates us and who consoles us when it goes pear-shaped. Our clients are just part of this extended family and it’ll be a year to show them even more love, customer care and special treatment.”


The winners:

Presented by managing director of Schwarzkopf Professional, Linton Husbands

Front House Manager – Ali Lake (Anstey salon)

Manager – Leah Wright-Smith

Colourist – Grace Forster


Presented by BBC Radio Leicester Producer, Namrata Varia

Newcomer of the year – Olivia Stevens

Dedicated to the expression of excellence – Carly Riley


Presented by Nick Wood, KMS managing director

Home care advisor of the year – Grace Forster

Retail salon of the year – Narborough


Presented by BBC East Midlands Television resporter Eleanor Garnier

Future professional of the year –Jade Wickwar

Overall achiever of the year – Tia Coltman


Presented by Jenny Spruels, Kérastase

Kérastase ritual ambassador of the year –Grace Forster


Presented by BBC Radio Leicester football reporter, Ian Stringer

Creative stylist of the year – Nicole Storer

Salon of the year – Narborough


Presented by Paralympic Gold and Silver medallist, Dan Greaves

Most inspirational person of the year – Neil Smith