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The No1 Training Academy

The owner of a successful Gateshead business is using a £10,000 Start-Up Loan to expand into teaching by launching a new beauty academy. The academy, based at Hair and Beauty by Claire H, is seeking applications from prospective students ready for its grand opening in September 2013.
The premises for ‘the No1 training academy LTD @ Hair and Beauty by Claire H’ are currently undergoing a revamp following assistance from the Start-Up Loans scheme in the North East and Cumbria. The business owner, Claire Hall, 28, who has been running the salon for the last six years, is using her £10,000 loan to launch the new academy as a separate business on Coatsworth Road in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear.
Claire explained: “I’ll be opening the academy’s new training rooms on 2 September, along with a whole range of courses. Everyone is welcome to come along and enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and take advantage of a range of introductory offers.
“It’s a dream come true for me and I’m really excited about it. I want to help people to change their lives by learning new skills. At the academy we provide a student-centred environment and pride ourselves on delivering specialist courses to suit every individual.
“New recruits will learn from each other as well as from me and my team of fully qualified trainers.”
Claire will offer courses ranging from nail care, spray tanning, lash and brow tinting, waxing and facials to nail art, men’s and women’s hairdressing, colouring, waxing, hot stone therapy, Indian head massage, body wraps and make-up techniques, including camouflage skills.
Full details of the learning opportunities on offer can be found on Claire’s website at, or by calling the salon on (0191) 490 1068.
The Start-Up Loans scheme in the North East and Cumbria is delivered through a consortium including Virgin Money, Virgin Unite, The Northern Rock Foundation (NRF) and Project North East (PNE) – with PNE being the consortium partner responsible for arranging and making the loan.
The scheme continues to open doors for entrepreneurs aged 18 to 30 who have a great business idea. With over £500,000 of funding still to be awarded in the North East and Cumbria during 2013, successful applicants can benefit from Virgin Money’s mentoring support and Project North East’s many years’ working specifically with young business people.
To find out more about the Start-Up Loans scheme in the North East and how to apply, young entrepreneurs should visit  


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