Have you ever heard that saying? A small acorn planted can grow into mighty oaks. I love hearing of one person’s vision, someone’s idea, that is then in turn shared that turns into a business, that grows into something really special.
I would like to share my story of one of these people, to me, she is a visionary, someone who is focussed on helping and growing the people around her, a brilliant businesswoman, who can see the way ahead. This lady I am referring to is Carolyn Sweeney.
For those of you who know her, and have worked with her, I am sure you will feel much the same. I can speak from experience having been by her side for over 26 years, opening Creations Hair Salon in 1998, building it up to a beast, with nearly 50 team members, and constantly adapting and changing to the business needs.
This journey has led Carolyn and I nearly 4 years ago, to launch the business Creative Coaching, to coach other salon owners in business to be the best they can be… and then we met Zaine Brookes and Jack Worrall, the directors of Wonderful Life Hair Supplies in Lee-On-The-Solent and Kin Connect was born!
It all started with a little chat over a coffee one Monday afternoon, after visiting their beautiful showroom full of hairdressing wonders, to discuss how we can develop a community of like-minded salon owners, how we can help and support their businesses, and give salon owners a safety net of support… a club where we can get together and share ideas, but have the flexibility of learning online and being face to face.
Like any business idea, many hours have been put in to get the concept right, with the help of our pilot salons such as David Antony Hairdressing, Innovation Hair and Medusa Hair Salon giving us valuable feedback along the way, to ensure we deliver the best learning experience possible.
So watch this space, as our little acorn, Kin Connect, grows into a Mighty Oak of salon business support.