PERFECTION Beauty has been crowned Rugby Business of the Year for the second year running.
Comedian Bobby Davro was the guest of honour at the 2012 Rugby Business Awards at Dunchurch Park Hotel last Friday night.
Ten Rugby businesses walked away with awards at the event, organised by the Advertiser and the event’s main sponsor Cemex.
The top award of the night - Business of the Year - went to Perfection Beauty.
The runners-up were Complete Estate Agents and third place went to Newmans Estate Agents.
Perfection Beauty, which has branches in Railway Terrace and Coton Park, were crowned the winners for the second year running. Perfection also won the award for team of the year.
Speaking to the Advertiser just after receiving the award, Helen Walton, owner of Perfection Beauty, said: “I’m elated. Completely elated. I’m amazed! I didn’t think I would do it two years on the trot. I just didn’t believe it.”
Perfection Beauty was established in November 2003 by Helen offering beauty treatments. Since then the business has grown from one treatment room to six, offering all levels of advanced beauty treatments.
In 2011 Perfection opened a second salon (Perfection Express) based in Coton Park, Rugby, which offers hair, beauty, nails and tanning.
Helen prides herself on offering a one-to-one personal service and the most up to date treatments and products.
Speaking of her achievement over the last year, Helen said: “I’ve tripled my employees, opened another salon, embraced everything and just bucked the trend. Rugby has been so good to me.”
She added: “I’ve got loads of plans for the forthcoming year.”
It was the 14th year of the Rugby Business Awards, which aims to recognise outstanding performance and achievements from local companies over the last 12 months.
The Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance was once again the chosen charity for the night.
Thanks to the generosity of prize donors and businesses in Rugby a total of £4,170.80 was raised on the night for the air ambulance through an auction and a raffle.
Guests were welcomed to Dunchurch Park Hotel with a drinks reception, followed by an introduction by master of ceremonies Ian Richards.
During the three-course dinner Gary Barlow tribute singer Dean Barrett otherwise known as ‘Bootleg Barlow’ performed for guests on stage singing a number of Take That classics.
After dinner Bobby Davro burst into the room to rapturous applause.
Bobby performed a 40-minute set on stage and kept everyone laughing throughout.
The special guest of honour then presented all the winners with their awards.
Dozens of fantastic prizes were then snapped up during the raffle and auction, before the disco started to end the night with a bang.
Other winners during the night included Solec Solutions (green company of the year); Complete Estate Agents (best marketing/promotional campaign); Luke Bayliss at Complete Estate Agents (employee of the year); The Black Horse (small business of the year and customer care award); Heidi’s Happy Hens (innovator of the year); the Fragrance Shop (town centre outlet of the year) and FRS Staff Solutions (best newcomer).
Ian Southcott, UK community affairs manager at principal sponsor Cemex, said: “It was good fun. Bobby Davro is certainly a comedian who keeps everyone interested.
“We all had a great time. The feedback seems to be excellent.”
He added: “There was a high standard of entries and we’re already looking forward to next year.”
Ginny Hunter, advertising manager at the Advertiser, thanked everyone for attending.
Ginny said: “We do this year after year and we always try and do something a bit different.
“The sponsors are always surprised by the high level of entries. People put in so much effort. Everyone did extremely well.
“I think there were genuine surprises on the night.”
Ginny said it was nice to see new businesses enter the awards this year, including the Black Horse and Heidi’s Happy Hens.
She said: “We’ve never had a pub enter before and Heidi’s Happy Hens was set up by someone facing redundancy and has made it a real success.”
Ginny added: “Dunchurch Park is such a lovely setting and it’s nice to have the opportunity to get dressed up and for people to have a good night.
“It’s great that we can all come together and celebrate the success of Rugby businesses.”
Anyone who would like to be involved in next year’s Rugby Business Awards can call Ginny on (01788) 539990.