Josh Goldsworthy from Goldsworthy’s in Swindon has been named Salon Stylist of the Year and Sophie-Rose Goldsworthy from Goldsworthy's in Swindon has been named Manager of the Year at HJ’s British Hairdressing Business Awards 2021.
Josh beat off tough competition from other finalists to be recognised for his passion for hairdressing and commitment to the industry and Sophie-Rose beat off tough competition from other finalists to be recognised as an inspiring and successful salon manager.
Held on Monday 4th October at Park Plaza, Westminster Bridge, HJ’s British Hairdressing Business Awards – now in their 23rd year - reward the hardworking names that have built outstanding salon businesses, helping to make British hairdressing the most respected in the world. From standout salons and dynamic teams to ground breaking innovations and trailblazing individuals, HJ’s British Hairdressing Business Awards are an annual celebration of business brilliance.
Their achievement is even more impressive given that claiming a win in this category is a two-stage process; entrants must submit a comprehensive online entry dossier, before all finalists then attend a face-to-face interview with a panel of industry judges.
Josh stood out with an obvious dedication to his craft, evident in both his creative work and industry experience to date. Judges commented that Josh’s enthusiasm for hairdressing was palpable and that he was an inspiration to his peers. Sophie-Rose stood out with an obvious dedication to her role, evident in her leadership skills, motivational skills and work ethic. Judges commented that Sophie-Rose’s passion and drive were qualities which helped secure the trophy.
On being announced as the winner, Josh commented: ‘It is absolutely amazing to win. It’s my third year winning so I am speechless to be honest, I really didn’t expect to win again so it feels amazing. My sister was also a winner tonight and that was such a highlight, I was honestly more nervous for her so seeing her pick up her award was just the icing on the cake. I’d love to thank my family, as a family we are 60 years in the business, and they have always supported me so much. I’d also like to thank my wife who is everything to me, her support means the world. I have such a passion for the industry and what we do so I hope that this can keep on inspiring others to enter these awards and go far.’
Jayne Lewis Orr, Executive Director of HJ’s British Hairdressing Business Awards said: ‘Josh has demonstrated a talent and creativity that is to be greatly admired. His commitment to both clients and salon life is exemplary and he has a work ethic that has ensured continued success. It takes years of focus and determination to become an all-round exceptional stylist and Josh should feel incredibly proud of all he has achieved.’
On being announced as the winner, Sophie-Rose commented: ‘It feels amazing to be a winner! I think it’s incredibly important to recognise the business side of hairdressing, as the creative side is usually at the forefront, and not everyone knows what goes on behind the scenes to ensure a business runs smoothly. I would like to thank my family, brother, and husband who have been huge inspirations to me.”
Jayne Lewis Orr, Executive Director of HJ’s British Hairdressing Business Awards said: ‘Sophie-Rose has shown that she possesses a multitude of key skills needed to successfully manage a salon and a team. Her enthusiasm and ambition is evident in all she does and her knowledge and experience is an inspiration. Our industry benefits so much from strong mentors and role models and Sophie-Rose should feel incredibly proud of all she has achieved.’
Launched in 1998, HJ’s British Hairdressing Business Awards have previously honoured names including Lee Stafford, Trevor Sorbie and TONI&GUY. A total of 16 trophies were handed out at the event, with the results as follows:
Business Director of the Year, sponsored by Hairdressers Journal International: Mark Woolley, Electric
Customer Service Award, sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional: John Roads, Gatsby & Miller
Educator of the Year, sponsored by Wella Company: Westrow
Franchisee of the Year, sponsored by Hairdressers Journal International: Nicola Hughes, Saks Chester
Independent Salon–Business Newcomer of the Year, sponsored by NHBF: Alchemy & I
Innovation of the Year, sponsored by Salon International: Mark Woolley, Electric Space
Male Grooming Salon/ Barbershop of the Year, sponsored by Modern Barber: Crate Cheshire
Manager of the Year, sponsored by KAO Salon Division: Sophie-Rose Goldsworthy, Goldworthy’s Hairdressing
Marketing Campaign of the Year, sponsored by Phorest Salon Software: Harringtons
Salon Design Award, sponsored by Salon International: Silverclip Concept Store
Salon of the Year 1 (turnover more than £350,000, sponsored by VTCT: Melissa Timperley Salons
Salon of the Year 2 (turnover less than £350,000), sponsored by L’Oréal Professionnel Paris: Bloggs Salon
Salon Stylist of the Year, sponsored by Hairdressers Journal International: Josh Goldsworthy, Goldsworthy’s Hairdressing
Salon Team of the Year, sponsored by Treatwell: Melissa Timperley Salons
Social Stylist of the Year, sponsored by Hairdressers Journal International: Casey Coleman, Chair Studio
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