A former book-keeper has opened her own beauty salon after gaining her qualifications at City of Wolverhampton College.

Nicky Thompson, aged 41, from Wednesfield, launched Lavandula Blu Beauty and Hoslitic Therapies in Lichfield Road three weeks ago after initially working as a mobile beauty therapist – and credits the college with giving her the skills and confidence she needed to launch her own business.

Nicky – who went back to college when she was 38 and studied for the Level 2 diploma in beauty therapy and Level 3 certificate in massage on a part-time basis – said: “I gained my qualifications three years ago and immediately opened Lavandula Blu as a mobile business providing beauty treatments to clients in their own homes and in a treatment room at my house.

“However, with a growing number of customers and an increasing demand for treatments I decided to expand the business and open my own salon which has already been a hit with my existing customers as well as local people who are pleased that a beauty business has opened in the area.

“Going back to college changed my life in every way and it’s fantastic to have my own business. When I look around my salon I feel so proud of what I’ve achieved in such a short space of time – and it’s all thanks to the college as if it hadn’t offered the courses I wanted on a part-time basis I’d never have been able to do the qualifications that have led to my new career.”

Lynn Parker, head of school for services industries at the college, said: “It’s great news to hear that Nicky has opened her own business and demonstrates how the college is giving people the skills they need to achieve their dream career and change their lives for the better.”

Lavandula Blu is open 9am-5pm on Monday, Tuesday and Friday, 9am-7.30pm on Wednesday and Thursday, and 9am-5pm on Saturday. To book an appointment call 01902 724090.


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