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SWIG Start Ups in the Bristol Press

Jolanta

A POLISH mum-of-three who moved to England four years ago has set up her own beauty salon in Bedminster. Jolanta Jablonska, aged 44, ran a beauty salon in Poland and trained in New York before moving to the UK in 2010.

After a job as a waitress in a hotel in Newquay, Cornwall, Jolanta moved to Bristol in 2012 and worked as a beautician before finally opening up her own salon in Cannon Street in January.

Now after establishing her business and with a mixture of both Polish and English clients on her books, Jolanta is already thinking about plans for future growth. She hopes to take on an extra therapist and open another salon in the city later this year.

Jolanta’s business, JJ Slimming & Beauty Eco Salon, was supported with a start-up loan from the South West Investment Group.

Although she had her own capital for starting up the business, Jolanta needed support to provide funds for a deposit on the property.

The low-interest loan from Swig offers free business support to applicants and on-going advice from a mentor. Needing help finalising her business planning and financial forecasts, Jolanta received advice from Business West adviser Jon Nicholls before taking the loan application to Swig Start Ups for appraisal.

Swig Start Ups programme manager Lisa Moore reviewed Jolanta’s application and was impressed with the strength of her business plan. She said: “Jolanta has extensive experience of the sector and she has a very exciting business. We wish her every success for the business and the future.”

The salon offers treatments ranging from facials and exfoliations through to body care and slimming treatments with flexible appointments, after work, during lunch breaks or at the weekend.

The treatments available include those provided by specialist equipment for slimming and body contouring therapies such as LPG endermologie, presotherapy and electrostimulation.

Jolanta said: “There are only three other places in Bristol that have the equipment and we have really good prices and offers on our treatments.

“It’s important to me that everyone is welcomed into a warm and friendly environment and everybody can feel totally relaxed during their visit and leave the salon feeling good about themselves.”

The original article appeared in the Bristol Post

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