Award Winning Consultants
On Friday 27th June we held our 30th Anniversary Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony.
Seven consultants were presented with awards to recognise their achievements. We held a gala dinner, following our daytime conference at the beautiful Hogarths Hotel. Sadly some of the consultants could not be there to collect their award in person due to being away, but we wanted to make it an open event for anyone to nominate or be nominated for. I have spoken to all the award winners and they are all absolutely delighted to receive their awards. It was a tricky decision for the panel of judges as they were all so good, so the runners up should also feel very proud of their achievements too.
Wishing all of our consultants continued success as they continue flying the flag for First Impressions
Emma Russell - Emma trained with us in 2012 and has been building up her business on a part time basis during that time. From one to one consultations to event managing full scale fashion and styling shows and being the fashion blogger on a radio show website. Well done Emma - keep going!
Effective Business Builder
Joanna Shacklock - Jo trained with First Impressions in 2008 in all aspects of image, both personal and corporate. She has built up her business over the years while her children have been younger. In the last 12 months, Jo wanted to grow her business and really focus on making it work for her, while working with the types of client that she loves working with. She has taken one to one coaching with Lyn and has grown her business to double its' size in that 12 month period. We also received wonderful testimonials from Jo's clients, so not only is she successful, she is also very effective and inspiring to her clients - well done Joanna!
Innovation & Diversity
Kathryn Clarke - Kathryn trained with First Impressions in 2009 in all aspects of image and impact. She is a great example of a consultant who took on board and implemented all that we taught her during training. She has evolved her business over the years from having a studio in Newcastle to working with Entrepreneurs which is the niche she has now settled into. She uses all the latest technology to support her business and is also Communications Director for the Federation of Image Professionals International where she is using her skills to support the industry. She always has a positive attitude and is ready to offer words of encouragement and support to newly trained consultants.
Kathryn says "I'm so honoured to win the award for Innovation And Diversity. I've worked hard to build my business up over the last five years and, in that time, have developed the core image skills I learnt to ensure that they perfectly fit the needs of the clients I work with. I love every minute of working with my clients and am proud to be able to help them feel more confident just by being themselves!"
Agnès Brown - Agnès trained with First Impressions in 2000 and has been a trainer for the last ten years. She received many nominations from trainees and sets a great example for new consultants to aspire to. Her clients always describe her as inspirational and she is a great role model for those entering the image industry - well done Agnès! Pictured with Lyn Bromley presenting her award - an engraved diamond paperweight.
Charity and Contribution
Sue Horne - Sue trained with us in 2012. When Sue heard that she had been nominated, she sent us this - so I shall let Sue explain in her words why she won this award...
'As both my mom and I have had breast cancer, and I also lost my husband and father to cancer, when I heard about Look Good Feel Better (LGFB) through First Impressions, I felt that it was a wonderful opportunity to give something back and help others in similar situations, to give them something totally for themselves, at a time when your whole world is turned upside down and your life is dictated by doctors, hospitals and treatments, and you often feel less than your best.
LGFB is the flagship charity for the beauty, cosmetics, toiletries and perfumery industry. It holds workshops in over 70 hospitals and cancer support centres in the UK and are also in 26 other countries, this year celebrates it's 20th anniversary. The charity provides workshops, run by cosmetic consultant volunteers to teach women and young people how to combat the visible side effects of cancer treatment.
So many women, even today, don't wear makeup, often because no one has shown them how to apply it correctly, coming along to the LGFB workshops gives them an opportunity to learn, in a safe, friendly environment, to meet other ladies and share stories, new friendships are made and the camaraderie is fantastic.
I am passionate about helping cancer sufferers to feel good about themselves and while LGFB ask that we could volunteer for 3-4 sessions a year, since I have been involved, I have attended every month.
Last November, when some friends organised a fashion show in aid of LGFB, I was asked to talk about the charity, I was more excited that I was approached by 3 ladies wanting to become volunteers, than I was about the client I booked for colour analysis.
I recently gave a talk and make up demonstration to Solihull Breast Support group and held a swishing party with friends also on behalf of LGFB.
I am happy to give my time to such a worthwhile cause and my aim is to build a client base to support me financially, so that I can work more with cancer patients.'
I am sure you will all agree - a very worthy winner. Pictured with Lyn Bromley presenting her award.
Claire Bunton - Claire trained with First Impressions in 2004 and here in her words are why she won the award for personal growth.
'In 2004 I trained with First Impressions after suffering a major stress. The course helped me see what it was I should be doing in life with my career as well as benefitting me personally to understand “it was ok with me”.
With massive support from the whole team, I particularly flourished under the guidance of Elaine Fraser who’s friendship and support meant so much to me. It was her guidance that has contributed majorly to the person I am today.
My illness came in fits and starts and sometimes was a set-back to my business – but it was my determination to grow both personally and professionally that kept me going.
Claire runs a thriving business which she has managed to flex around bring up her son. Congratulations Claire - very well deserved.
Jo Smallbones - Jo has built a thriving business in the five years since she trained with First Impressions.
Jo Tells us - 'networking helped me build a thriving and reputable Image Consultancy business. Inviting people to attend business networking events and connecting them with other businesses provided the perfect platform for me to raise their awareness of the importance of personal branding. As Ladies Do Latte’s popularity grew, so the bookings came in for Image Coaching and I’m very proud to say that both businesses have grown in credibility and reputation within the Devon Business community.'
The Elaine Fraser Lifetime Achievement Award
It gave me great pleasure to surprise Liz Prest with her award. She had no idea that this was coming as we had not publicised it as we had with the other awards. Liz was one of my trainers when I trained with First Impressions myself ten years ago and she has been a constant inspiration. Liz is always full of energy and fun and has built a fantastic business over the thirty years. She is a consultant, trainer, mentor business woman and a lifelong student of all things image. I also surprised her with a lovely note from the founder of First Impressions, Judyth Blaxill, who sadly couldn't be with us on the day as she was on holiday.
Judyth Blaxill (formerly Halpin) “It is entirely appropriate and right that it should be on the anniversary of the founding of First Impressions that Liz Prest should be honoured today.
I am sad not to be with you all in person to say these words.
Liz was, as you will realise, one of the first people to join the then rapidly increasing consultant force.
She exemplified then, and still does, everything I wanted for First Impressions. She was professional, elegant, business like, focussed, fun, and full of ideas for building her business.
Through the years, and in particular during some of the initial periods of development and change, she showed total loyalty and commitment to First Impressions and all that it stood for. She has never waivered in those standards and as part of the Training team, was able to demonstrate and pass on her skills and values.
So, to you dear Liz, valued friend, colleague, and loyal First Impressions consultant, I salute you and thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you have done to help and maintain the standing that First Impressions enjoys in the Image and Training world.”
Elaine Fraser was a fellow trainer and friend who sadly lost her battle with cancer in September 2010 - she is remembered very fondly by all who knew her and it was an honour to present Liz with an award in her name.