A LIFELONG friendship has led to an exciting new business.

Barbara Dafforn and Sarah Reed, owners of Elements Therapeutic Retreat, have been joined by Samantha Lowe to expand their business by adding a beauty training academy.

Samantha has more than 18 years’ experience in the beauty industry, spent 15 years as a beauty and holistic lecturer at Colchester Institute and has trained more than 1,200 beauticians in Essex.

Samantha had long had the dream to launch her own private bespoke beauty training academy, and now that dream has now come true with the launch of Elements Beauty & Holistic Training Academy.

It offers a wide range of qualifications and one-day diploma training courses, all accredited with the Beauty Guild. Barbara says: “Your certificate is the gateway to you becoming affiliated with the Beauty Guild.

“Elements training academy courses are small and intensive, with a maximum of six students, ensuring the experienced tutors can focus on you and your learning.”

The school is based next to Elements, on the Severalls industrial estate, Colchester, and offers a wide range of treatments from facials, manicures and pedicures to massage and hot stone therapies.

See elementsbeautytrainingacademy.co.uk