Westrow Directors Marc Westreman and Steve Rowbottom collect their Business Directors of the Year award 2017
The award-winning Yorkshire salon group, Westrow, is still going from strength to strength 30 years after originally starting the business.
Established in 1987 by Steve Rowbottom and Marc Westerman, the group now operates 11 salons across Yorkshire and an educational academy in the heart of Leeds city centre.
By continuing to innovate and maintaining a flexible approach to the industry, the company is continuing to go from strength to strength three decades later.
The company has enjoyed recent success, including 40 appointments, and three high-profile industry awards this year alone.
This included scooping up the prestigious Business Directors of the Year Award at the British Hairdressing Business Awards in September.
Not only did they win the top award of the night, but they also secured their spot in the British Hairdressing Awards Hall of Fame.
This is one of the highest accolades in hairdressing and achieving a place is a rarity in the industry and a first within this category.
To be inducted, hairdressers must win the same category three times – a huge testament to the duo’s enduring passion for their craft.
Over its 30-year reign, the brand has scooped up 30 prestigious local, national and industry awards, and been shortlisted for finals more than 75 times.
Financially, results continue to improve significantly, with the business growing revenues by more than 20% in its last financial year.
A major expenditure for the brand has been the launch of its eleventh salon in Bingley.
An initial outlay of £100,000 was invested into the new salon, which also created nine jobs.
Further expansion plans are already underway with another five salons expected to open by the end of 2018.
Marc Westerman, co-director, Westrow said: “The 30-year anniversary marks an important milestone for the company as we look back on our incredible heritage of talent and accomplishments.
“Very few salon groups have been around for as long as we have, so it’s a remarkable achievement.
“We have been quick to respond to market trends and have learnt to adapt, react and plan for the future, evolving from being hairdressers to worldwide leaders in education.
“As our business expands, we realise that training is our single biggest investment throughout the company; after all, we want to unearth the next generation of future hairdressers.
“The last 30 years wouldn’t have been possible without our loyal staff, franchisees and clients – they have been with us every step of the way and we’re grateful for their enduring support.”