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Wella Business Network Live 2019

Friday, 12 July 2019 10:15

More than 200 guests gathered in the beautiful surroundings of the Belfry Hotel & Resort, which once more provided the backdrop for this much-loved industry event – providing a perfect balance of serious business motivation, networking and inspiration.

Now in its 22nd year, Wella Business Network Live hosted over 200 industry guests for a two-day agenda compiled specifically to connect with an audience of salon owners, managers and their teams.  TV celebrity hairdresser and presenter, Michael Douglas, hosted the two day conference, and was joined by Wella’s Go-to-Market Operations Director, Jerome Toulza and Coty Professional Beauty General Manager, Nick van Holstein, who officially opened the two day programme. 

A programme of captivating guest-speakers included Rob Forkan who shared his incredibly moving story of launching travellers fashion brand, Gandys, following a tsunami disaster that left Rob and his siblings orphans. Sharing his fight for survival and life changing venture to go on an launch ‘Orphans for Orphans’ – kids campuses for orphans that they have funded and built, completely against the odds. 

Also on-stage were  Dick Strawbridge & Angel Adoree from the hit TV series Escape to the Chateau. Sharing their story of finding the chateau and developing it into a dream home and business. Millie Kendall MBE, spoke about the future of the beauty industry and raising its reputation. She revealed new research that has valued  Adding a completely diverse element to the event, ‘futurist’ researcher and advisor Graeme Codrington spoke about the future of businesses in 2020.  In complete contrast, clinical psychologist, martial artist and neuroscientist, Dr Tamara Russell, spoke about mindfulness and how the brain can be maximised. Former Managing Director of Waitrose and Deputy Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, Mark Price, talked about how to engage a happy work force, as he captured the audience with his engaging session. Cally Beaton, entrepreneur and performer, delivered a session on simply ‘being different’.

Huge joy and laughter was experienced thanks to a zany duo consisting of  Danish psychologist Mads Korsgaard and American hip-hop legend MC Supernatural, whose session encompassed creative thinking and freestyle rap. 

In traditional Business Network Live style, there was the perfect balance of business and pleasure. At the end of day one, delegates enjoyed a fabulous drinks reception in the stunning grounds of The Belfry, followed by a formal sit down meal and further entertainment well into the early hours. “At Wella we have the hairdresser at the heart of everything we do,” commented Coty Professional Beauty General Manager, Nick Van Holstein. “Our aim at Business Network Live is to really inspire them in both their  business and private lives;  we always have the most exciting line up to make that happen!”


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