Salon staff celebrate reaching finals of awards

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Jubilant staff at a hairdressing salon are celebrating after reaching the finals of awards.

Poppys Hairdressing, which has salons in Hartlepool and Stockton, is in the running in the inaugural Northern Independent Retail Awards competition.

The business has been shortlisted in the Hair and Beauty Retailer of the Year category in the North East. Poppys will find out if they will be crowned winners at the glamorous ceremony being held in Manchester.

The black tie event, organised by Creative Oceanic, will be hosted by the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel on Sunday, July 19.

The Northern Independent Retail Awards aim to celebrate and commend the independent retailers in Northern England.

Poppys owner Janice Auton said she was thrilled by her team members headed up by Tracy Bourne in Hartlepool and Vicki Murray in Stockton.

The awards categories also include Café of the Year, Convenience Store of the Year, Hair and Beauty Retailer of the Year, and Service Provider of the Year.

The awards will also be raising money for the Make a Wish Foundation which is dedicated to granting the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses across the UK.

The aim is to help their dreams come true.