I’ve entered the Kitomba NZARH awards twice, once in 2013 and again in 2014.
What I love about these awards is that it’s not easy to enter, and it is certainly not easy to win such amazing titles (particularly New Zealand Salon of the Year), but that is the very reason that it is worth it.
As both an owner and a stylist, going through the process of entering the awards has helped me on a number of levels. I have a very clear and comprehensive view on exactly where my business sits within the industry, what my strong points are, and what areas I could tweak a little. This has helped immensely with the future direction of La Villa, and has confirmed for me that I am on the right page. Breaking down your business to this extent, makes things incredibly transparent, and therefore allows you to truly know your business inside and out.
Winning means the world to me. On a personal level, the confidence that I have gained through not only gaining industry recognition, but also self-recognition—trusting my own judgement and having faith in myself as a successful business owner—is invaluable. It has only been a week since we took the title, and already the impact on my business is unbelievable.
This year, we came away with:
- 2014 Kitomba NZARH New Zealand Salon of the Year (Winner)
- 2014 Schwarzkopf Business Stylist of the Year (Winner—Kristal Sargent)
- 2014 H&B Boutique Salon of the Year (Winner)
- 2014 Telecom Employer of Choice (Runner Up)
- 2014 Excellence in Marketing (Runner Up)