Grantham Journal Big Interview: Apprentice Ashleigh is determined to succeed

Apprentice of the Year Ashleigh Bottomley of Enhance Beauty receives her award from Ian Howard of sponsors JMP solicitors.
Apprentice of the Year Ashleigh Bottomley of Enhance Beauty receives her award from Ian Howard of sponsors JMP solicitors.
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After impressing Enhance Beauty’s owner Lorna Pattendon, teenager Ashleigh Bottomley secured an apprenticeship with the Brook Street salon.

Now she has gone on to impress the Grantham Journal Business Awards judges, to be named Apprentice of the Year. The 18-year-old, of Portrush Drive, Grantham, spoke to the Journal, while Lorna has also been singing her praises.

Lorna, what makes Ashleigh the Apprentice of the Year?

Sometimes you meet extraordinary young individuals that just have an obvious passion for their chosen industry. Ashleigh first impressed me by personally emailing asking if she could be considered for the pending apprenticeship. Her e-mail was so compelling that I immediately passed it over to our salon manager to arrange an interview. What was so impressive was Ashleigh’s maturity and drive. It was simply a pleasure to experience that from a 16-year-old. Ashleigh has gone on to develop those attributes and combine them with excellent customer service skills. She works alongside her peers and takes direction from those with many years’ experience. There is always a learning curve, on both sides, but Ashleigh has consistently shown her determination to succeed and as a result we have moulded a wonderful and talented young beauty therapist. It will a pleasure to watch her grow further in her career.

Ashleigh, how did it feel to be named Apprentice of the Year?

It felt amazing! I really did not expect to win. It is wonderful having the opportunity to do an apprenticeship in beauty at Enhance, but to win an award in addition has given me a real buzz. It was an amazing night too. I really enjoyed meeting everyone from the Journal and all the other businesses there, too.

What does your job entail?

I have been the beauty apprentice at Enhance since September 2013. I currently work four days a week and attend college one day. My working day involves a wide variety of general salon duties, training in more advanced beauty techniques and performing treatments I qualified for in my previous year of my apprenticeship. I love dealing with the public, so I’m happiest when performing treatments. I have a really strong customer base now, especially for nails, which I love.

What can customers expect?

Enhance Beauty has been going for over 10 years now and I think it’s well known in Grantham for being really welcoming to clients and also very professional. We do lots of great offers – clients get the best treatments but at affordable prices. People are always surprised at how lovely everyone is here and how well the team all get on. We offer a range of treatments from CACI non-surgical face treatment to HD Brows, LVL, and nail and lash extensions. We have a reflexologist so clients really can be treated from top to toe.