Dalton Park Customers In For Some Tranquillity

Students from East Durham College yesterday opened a new beauty and tanning salon at Dalton Retail Park near Seaham.

Enterprising beauty students from the College entered the heady world of business with their new treatment salon at Dalton Park, the region’s largest retail outlet centre. ‘TRANQUILLITY’ was official opened by the Mayor of Seaham, Councillor Brian Allen, on Monday 14th June and is the exciting culmination of a joint venture between the College’s Beauty Department (headed by Simon Smith) and new Enterprise Co-ordinator (Ray Sharp).

‘TRANQUILLITY’ is part of the College’s new strategy to develop an enterprise culture amongst its students, giving them opportunities for self motivation, look creatively at opportunities in the workplace and to develop entrepreneurial skills.

The project is also designed to support the development of potential sustainable businesses in line with Local Enterprise Government Initiatives (LEGI).

Approximately 45 Level 2 and Level 3 Beauty Therapy students will be involved in the project and the College is hoping to involve Level 2 and Level 3 Hairdressing students in the near future.

‘TRANQUILLITY’ is located opposite Starbucks and will offer a range of beauty treatments including facials, waxing, body treatments, lash and brow treatments, manicures and pedicures. A speciality of Tranquillity will be the St. Tropez Spray – for that perfect Mediterranean tan!

The treatments are all available at very affordable prices – eyebrow tinting is available at just £2, manicures at just £4.50 and specialised body treatments including full body exfoliation and massage at £15 for 1.5 hours. Customers can pre-book – or simply drop in while they’re shopping.

The salon was professionally fitted out by the College Construction Department with free branding from ‘Shock and Senses Design’ based in Guisborough.

The beauty equipment including St. Tropez spray tanning booth has been funded by the ‘Be Enterprising’ Innovation Grant from Durham County Council’s Enterprise in Education Team.

TRANQUILLITY will be open until the end of the Academic Year. Opening times are:

Monday:          10am – 1pm
Tuesday:         12pm – 4pm
Wednesday:   10am – 1pm
Thursday:       10am – 8pm
Friday:             10am – 4pm

And although customers at Dalton Park will be enjoying luxury treatments at great prices – it’s still down to business for the students.  They will be undertaking assessments at the unit which will go towards their final grades – and there will be an incentive for the best performing students.

Simon Smith, Curriculum Leader for Hair & Beauty at the College, is delighted with the new project: he remarked: “This is the first time we have undertaken a Student Enterprise project on this scale.  We were offered the unit at Dalton Park and the students were all keen to go for it – so here we are.

“It’s an amazing experience for the students both in terms of personal development and also practical exam work.  We look forward to welcoming our new customers”.

Jerry Hatch, Centre Manager at Dalton Park is delighted to be involved with the project and has offered the students a prime location free of charge: “These work place projects give students invaluable business experience. They get to work with customers face to face and learn to deal with all situations.  It’s a great learning initiative”.