One of our employer partners has worked incredibly hard to help her industry throughout the lockdown. Collette Osborne is the Owner and Director of Hairven, an award-winning hair and beauty business with salons in Beeston and Gedling.
Collette has put in a huge effort to support her staff team, which includes eight Nottingham College apprentices. She’s also worked with local salons to help them manage their businesses during a difficult period and to prepare them for return in uncertain times.
Hairven’s apprentices haven’t been able to work with customers during the lockdown, so Collette has adapted to continue some training and help them stay positive. For example, they’ve taken part in some exciting online workshops in partnership with another well-regarded salon in Northampton, from a hairdresser who has been featured on Channel 4.
Though her staff have been furloughed, Collette has also used this time to upskill her team and keep spirits up. She and another member of her team took advantage of the recent Nottingham College Leadership and Team Skills for Women course, (funded by the European Social fund and free to SMEs). The course was run online due to social distancing.
On top of all that, Collette’s accounting and business consultancy background led her to reach out to other salons during the closures, to give them help and advice. She’s also been campaigning to ensure salons can get the wider help and support they need, and preparing the salons for when they are allowed to reopen to customers.
Well done to Collette for keeping the momentum going during the lockdown!
For more information about ESF-funded training for SMEs, and wider staff training/professional development options available at Nottingham College, contact Declan Manning, Employer Engagement Officer at Declan.Manning@nottinghamcollege.ac.uk