An Edinburgh nail technician has won the UK Nail Champion of the Year at the Professional Beauty Show in London.
Elzbieta Loszczyk (28) who lives in Edinburgh, competed against nail technicians from throughout the UK to win the trophy, which was presented to her earlier this week in London, along with an award for coming first in the ‘free form sculpture’ event.
Elzbieta and her husband Lukasz, opened Essensse Beauty Salon on Easter Road in Edinburgh in 2008, offering nail styling, beauty treatments, hairdressing, manual therapy and massage. Originally from Poland, they launched their business thanks to a loan from the Prince’s Scottish Youth Business Trust (PSYBT) which helps 18-25 year olds set up and continue in business.
Nearly eighteen months on, Elzbieta has established a reputation as one of the top nail technicians in the UK having won major Scottish and UK competitions for her nail designs. Last year at the Scottish Nail Technician of the Year Awards she came first in the category of Top Tech Sculpt and was declared runner up in the Nail Art Challenge category.
Commenting on her award win, Elzbieta said, “To compete at this level you need to be able to master everything from the latest trends such as 3D and stiletto, to embedded nail art, nail gems, baroque and free-hand sculpting. It’s a really exciting time to be part of such a dynamic, and creative industry and I am delighted to receive such prestigious recognition in the form of this award.”
The husband and wife team have also recently secured the exclusive distribution rights for all Astonishing Nail and Spa products in England and Scotland, and plan to launch an Astonishing Nails Training Academy for young beauticians and nail technicians to learn or refresh their skills.
Commenting Lukasz said, “We are currently speaking to PSYBT about growth funding which will help with the launch of our new Training Academy which will open in April. We will also be recruiting nail technicians to work alongside Elzbieta as academy trainers. Our ultimate goal is to establish a leading reputation for quality in the UK beauty industry.”
Simon Holden, PSYBT regional chairman in Edinburgh added, “Lukasz and Elzbieta are very determined and driven young people. Since opening Essensse this business has grown from strength to strength as they attract more customers. They have a truly entrepreneurial flair as they demonstrated in securing the sole distribution rights for Astonishing Nails and I'm sure this business will be a huge success too.”
Issued by Jen Nash of Panache Communications. Tel no: 07971 466 220. Email firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information contact Margaret Gibson and Louise Moore of PSYBT on 0141 248 4999. You can also check out the PSYBT website at www.psybt.org.uk
NOTES TO EDITORS
Call Lukasz Loszczyk on 07933 309783/0131 661 6899 or