COMMITMENT to nurturing the raw talent in the hair and beauty industry has earned Haha Training Academy first place this year.
The centre, in London Road, North End, was runner-up last year, but this time round its enthusiasm and dedication to training really shone to the judges.
The academy was established in May 2012 and in its first year it was nominated for Training Provider Of The Year 2013.
More than 200 students have passed through its doors so far – and it’s a number that is continually growing.
It works with local schools and offers training in hairdressing, barbering and beauty therapy.
It has had many award successes over the years, including being given a five-star rating with the Good Salon Guide.
At the academy’s helm are Steve Churcher and Gill Cowan, who were both at the award ceremony to collect their prize.
Gill, who has more than 30 years’ experience as a hairdresser and has owned three hair salons, said: ‘I’m absolutely elated.’
Steve, the former managing director of Back-2-Basics Training Limited and a former lecturer at Highbury College, added: ‘This is three years of hard work, but it is all about the people around us.
‘We have such an amazing team – they are the best.’
The pair were also proud to see one of their apprentices – Poppy Tremain – win Apprentice Of The Year.