Wrexham entrepreneurs: mum and daughter salon team are the business

A mother and daughter team of entrepreneurs have been hailed as role models for women who want to go into business.

Former college lecturer Val Elliott  and daughter Dawn Elliott-O’Neill launched their own a hair and beauty salon six years ago.

They have now moved into premises near the Spanish Steps at the Eagles Meadow shopping centre in Wrexham.

The new salon was officially opened by Wrexham AM Lesley Griffiths, who is also the Welsh Government Health Minister.

She said: “I was very pleased to come here today because the success of Time2BU is a really good news story.

“Val and Dawn feel they have found somewhere that’s just really perfect for their business, they are very happy with life at Eagles Meadow.

“It’s great to see two women setting up a business. Neither had set up a business before but they have done so very successfully. I’m sure they’ll go from strength to strength.

“They are excellent role models for other women because they’re showing what’s possible and that’s really important.

“I often hear women say to me it’s great to look up to other women as a source of inspiration.”

Val, who lectured at Deeside College, went into business with her daughter, Dawn, a supply chain manager for a cosmetics company, in 2005.

They reckoned that hairdressing would enable them to offer the high level of customer care and satisfaction they were aiming for.

The pair opened their first salon at what was then the Total Fitness gym in Rhosddu, Wrexham, and it rapidly went from strength to strength.

But after Total Fitness closed down just over a year ago with  no sign since of a new tenant to take over its premises, Val and Dawn knew it was time to move on.

They reckon that moving to Eagles Meadow was the best thing they’ve ever done.

Val said: “It’s been brilliant. We get lots of passing trade now which makes a big difference from where we were before.

“Eagles Meadow is a really nice shopping centre – they keep it clean, they’ve got the 24/7 security, everybody’s friendly and everybody’s more than willing to help while there’s also a really nice mix of shops and businesses here.

“The location is also very easily accessible for customers and has its entrance under a covered walkway, which means that ladies who have just been in for styling or a treatment won’t get wet as they make their way back to the covered car park below.”

Dawn added: “At Time2bu we pride ourselves on our excellent level of customer care.

“We have been awarded five stars in the UK-wide Good Salon guide and have also won Best of Wrexham awards.

“For people who come to us we provide a hair experience and not just a haircut. We have built up our clientele mainly through recommendations and loyalty.

Eagles Meadow Manager Kevin Critchley is delighted that Time2BU is proving such a success after the move.

He said: “Time2bu is a really valuable and complementary addition to what is on offer at Eagles Meadow.”

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