Young Beccles business entrepreneur takes national prize

A YOUNG beautician who decided to set up her own business half a year ago has won a national award.

Rosie Kefford opened a health and beauty salon in the centre of Beccles just before her 21st birthday, and on Saturday she was crowned as England's Beautician of the Year.

Miss Kefford, who runs Rosie's Beauticians, said she was overwhelmed to be given the accolade after beating experienced professionals from across the country.

'I'm still a bit shocked about it,' she said. 'I did not think I would win and tried to stay positive because I was just happy to be in the top five for England – that was recognition enough on its own.'

Miss Kefford, 22, opened her business at Old Market in October after seeing her work as a mobile beautician blossom.

The former City College Norwich student found herself working daily from 8am to 8pm as she travelled to appointments across Bungay, Beccles, Great Yarmouth, Halesworth and Lowestoft, so when a shop became available in Beccles, the former Bungay High School student took a chance, and has never looked back.

'My dad's friend who owned the premises approached me, and although I was a little worried about it to start with, it is the best thing I have ever done,' she said.

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Miss Kefford, who now lives in Kessingland, started the business alone but soon took on her sister Lucy, 18, to help.

Now there are six people working there and Miss Kefford also teaches a few hours a week at Lowestoft College.

She said she would encourage other young people to launch their own business too.

'I'd definitely recommend it. Friends of mine have started their own businesses too. It is hard work obviously, some weeks I work 70 hours, but it is worth every minute of it,' she said.

Miss Kefford was presented with her award from fashion designer Carolyn Baxter at the English Hair and Beauty Awards 2012, in Manchester, after she was voted for my her clients.

Since Saturday she has already been contacted with offers from people at the awards ceremony, including an invitation to help out at a fashion show.

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