Sarah Gallagher, owner of La Bella Vita Hair & Beauty in Dundonald has scooped a top business award at the highly coveted Lisburn & Castlereagh City Business Awards 2018.
Named as the council area’s Rising Star 2018, the 25-year-old won the Young Business Person of the Year award, beating stiff competition from a wide range of finalists.
Speaking at the awards ceremony, Sarah said: “I am so excited and totally overwhelmed to have won this award this evening. The last six months have seen some major changes in the business, from our complete rebrand, extensive refurbishment and extension where we have doubled the size of the premises and of course the buy-out of my business partner and good friend, Katie Stevenson.
“We have also invested heavily in the Gold Class Hair Extension brand – meaning we are the only salon in Northern Ireland to offer this exclusive brand and we have extended our beauty offering to feature a full range of treatments from waxing to massage.
“It has been such hard work, but tonight is like the crowning glory of it all and it is so wonderful to share it with the team who I am so grateful to for the exceptional service they offer and their dedicated and loyalty to the La Bella Vita brand.”
Judges acknowledged this hard work saying: “The winner of this award has clearly demonstrated that she has put her own unique stamp on the business since taking it over. She continues to invest in the business and goes from strength to strength. “
Established in 2011, La Bella Vita started life as a hair-extension business, which has grown to offer a full range of hairdressing, beauty and facial aesthetic services.
The salon is located at 767 Upper Newtownards Rd, Belfast, and employs 18 staff. Visit http://labellavitahairandbeauty.co.uk for details.
Photo: Owner of La Bella Vita, Sarah Gallagher is pictured with William Greer from South Eastern Regional College.