Rugby entrepreneur wins award

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A woman from Rugby has won a prestigious award in a competition that honours talented and successful females.

Lynsey Le Keux was crowned Entrepreneur of the Year for her successful vintage business at The Custard Factory in Birmingham.

She runs Le Keux Vintage Enterprises and was nominated in the Woman of the Year Awards.

“It was an honour to be recognised in the awards,” said Lynsey.

Lynsey organised her own vintage wedding in 2007. But after finding it hard to find suppliers and accessories, she began LeKeux Events as a vintage wedding planning service.

Lynsey also began organising charity burlesque and Dirty Dancing nights, and in 2009 began advertising hen parties and organised a promotional photo shoot.

Not being able to find vintage stylists, Lynsey taught herself some vintage hairstyles for the models.

Lynsey said: “The Vintage Salon is my vintage heaven. I built it based on an idea of where I’d like to visit, inspired by backstage Hollywood glamour and 1950s Americana. It’s a haven of rock and roll and scrumptious shopping.

“I hope it’s somewhere customers can feel transported back in time, where they can relax, shop, drink and peruse.”

She added: “I love the fact that we now have a private photo shoot studio, salon dressers and the diner is the perfect stop for our hen parties, it’s given us the opportunity bring all of our offerings under one roof.”

Most recently Lynsey has launched the gentlemen’s parts of the business, Le Keux Vintage Barbers and Le Keux Stags, with retro ‘man-cave’ premises also opening in Birmingham.

Lynsey added: “This year will see further expansion with another salon, barbershop and stags venue opening in Leeds in February and more cosmetics and brushes launched in the spring.”

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