The only way is up for Belle Beauty as salon takes over next door

Belle Beauty in Baffins, which has expanded. From left, Hannah Mabe, Katie and mother Paula Glover, Ashleigh Humphreys, Jackie Castleton and Emma Moth. Picture: Paul Jacobs (15008-2)
Belle Beauty in Baffins, which has expanded. From left, Hannah Mabe, Katie and mother Paula Glover, Ashleigh Humphreys, Jackie Castleton and Emma Moth. Picture: Paul Jacobs (15008-2)
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It all began 14 years ago, from a couch with a pot of wax.

Now, salon Belle Beauty has expanded as its popularity has grown over the years.

7/1/15  ''Belle Beauty in Baffins who have expanded the size of the business. Owner Paula Glover''Picture: Paul Jacobs (15008-1) PPP-150701-155921001

7/1/15 ''Belle Beauty in Baffins who have expanded the size of the business. Owner Paula Glover''Picture: Paul Jacobs (15008-1) PPP-150701-155921001

The Baffins business opened in Tangier Road 12 years ago.

Now, owner Paula Glover has bought the vacant property next door and converted it into a salon, spread over two floors.

She had been renting the neighbouring building, but it only had room for three treatment rooms.

Now, there are eight, offering a variety of services including massages, tanning, and electrical treatments.

Paula said: ‘Starting from a couch and a pot of wax in my house, I have worked my way up to this.

‘I have probably got the largest salon in Portsmouth now.

‘We can offer a lot more services. We can do group bookings.

‘We can offer treatments for couples and mothers and daughters. We can do treatments in rooms, a bit like if you went to a spa.’

The firm hires six people, including Paula.

And she is thrilled at how successful it has become.

‘Anyone who starts a business wants it to be successful but you never imagine you would be able to create the amount of jobs I have and expanded it to this extent,’ she said.

‘You are always hearing smaller businesses are going under. I’ve always felt really passionate about this.

‘I’ve worked hard to try to keep it going.

‘I never in a million years thought that this would happen.

‘I’ve always had good customer feedback and tried to do the best I can.’

Paula hopes to build the business up by offering apprenticeships, which her daughter Katie is already doing.

‘My aim is to build the girls’ hours up to full time and hopefully be able to take on another part time role,’ added Paula.

‘It’s about giving the customers the treatment that they want and that they expect to get.

‘I’m pleased with it all. It’s worked well.

‘My husband has helped me as well.’