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Unique celebrates 10 Years at the Star Awards

The fourth biennial Unique Star Awards was a truly glamorous evening. Special guests joined Unique to celebrate the company’s 10th birthday, recognise the very best in the team and see the launch of the salon group’s inaugural Artistic Team.

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Prizes for the winners included training from Wella UK; vouchers for Adel; a team day out; plus lots of Champagne and dinners for two. Following a drinks reception kindly hosted by Wella UK, guests enjoyed a presentation of the first collection by the new Artistic Team, managed by Matthew Whiting and Hollie Lindop. The pair worked closely with the University of Hull’s photographic and fashion courses to create a short behind the scenes video and the collection outfits.

And then it was time for the awards:

Caroline Abuelo Star Assistant*
ELLEN MORROD
Presented by Peter Rushby,
Wella UK

Salon Host of the Year
DANIEL SMITH
Presented by Terry Tierney,
Terence Paul Hairdressing

Soaring Star of the Year
IYLA SLATER
Presented by John Gallagher,
Wella UK

Retail Star of the Year
JODIE BILTON
Presented by Jim Wardle,
Premium Salon Brands

 Star Colourist of the Year
BIANCA BASSETT
Presented by Craig Davies,
Francesco Group

Director’s Cup
MATTHEW WHITING
Presented by Terry Martin,
Wella UK

Shining Star of the Year
HELEN BUCKNELL
Presented by Mark Brill,
Wella UK

Salon of the Year
COTTINGHAM
Presented by Daniel Minney,
Wella UK

Managing Director, Allan Smith said, “This was the hardest year ever to select even the finalists. I am so proud to be part of this amazing team – who all worked so hard from the directors to the assistants. The vision of key people to keep the business moving forward and always being ahead of the competition is inspiring. A big thank you to my team and to all the guests who helped us celebrate this wonderful evening.”

Following the awards, Alan Howard’s Roger Tyler, and old friend of the company, presented an ode to Unique, gently attacking senior staff to the delight of the rest of the team.

*Caroline Abuelo Award is given in honour of Caroline, former Director of Hessle, who was a championing of training and sadly passed away from breast cancer in 2009.