A hectic awards season
Awards season in the scalp and cosmetic industry is concentrated in the space of five frantic weeks from Easter to mid-May. This wild period of ceremonies has seen us travel to Florida, London and finally Nottingham for networking, workshops, speeches, presentations and, of course, awards.
Prior to 2017 there were no recognised awards in scalp micropigmentation, it speaks well of the industry that there are now considered to be enough skilled people in business that they can ‘do battle’ against one another. Our history in awards is even briefer. Our schedule in 2017 meant that we were unable to attend the Micropigmentation UK Awards which featured an inaugural scalp prize. Non-attendance sadly meant we were ineligible. We rectified that mistake in 2018 when Paul Clark won the prestigious scalp award.
This time around Paul was judging and demonstrating SMP in Nottingham as the great and the good of micropigmentation, largely those in semi-permanent, cosmetic and medical make-up, gathered once again. With Paul disallowed having won last year, Simon stepped forward and was involved in a dead-heat with our good friend, Terrence Jones. The two had to be separated by a final deciding vote which declared Terry this year’s winner. Simon took it well, as you can see from the photo!
We didn’t leave Nottingham empty-handed though. The judges decided that our website ‘is visually appealing and contains the best overall package, proving to be an effective tool in marketing the business and its services.’ Best website was an award we weren’t expecting but a great validation of the work we put into it and the feedback that our clients give us.
A few weeks before Micropigmentation UK Simon & Paul were at Heathrow for the third Meeting of Minds (MoM) Conference. Organised by Team Micro, formerly known as Scalp Guru, MoM has become a key date in the SMP calendar with technicians and interested parties travelling from all over the world to attend. This year’s conference featured the usual mix of informed debate and presentations on new developments and significant issues.
There is also always a great deal of networking, which you can interpret as drinking and tomfoolery. MoM introduced an awards presentation in 2018 at which we were honoured to take home the trophies for ‘Best Technician UK’, Simon Lane, and ‘Outstanding Contribution to SMP’, Paul Clark. This year found us placed highest in the UK for our training course, recognised Agata Andrews as one of the industry’s ‘Rising Stars’ and saw Simon Lane collect the ‘Outstanding Contribution’ prize, making him the only person to win ‘Best Technician’ and ‘Outstanding Contribution’.
It’s a hard life, but someone’s got to do it
The awards season had kicked off in Florida with The World Scalp Micropigmentation Training Group’s annual awards. Naturally this was one we all wanted to be at, but we could only spare Paul & Wayne to parade around in their Bermuda shorts by the pool. Luckily they’d taken a spare suitcase to haul the magnificent glass trophies all the way back to Solihull. Paul & Simon were placed 1 & 2 in the ‘UK Artist of The Year’ tussle but shared the glory for ‘UK Company of the Year’ and the gratification in being recognised as the UK’s ‘Best Training Company’ for the second year in a row.
We were also humbled to receive an award for ‘Best Clinic, Middle East and Africa’ for our Cape Town clinic which has been open for under a year. It’s a huge testament to the work of Kim Jessop and James Hannah whose ability has grown significantly in the last twelve months.
It is always a massive honour to be recognised for our work, particularly when the votes come from our peers and experts in the industry, often world-renowned artists themselves. Scalp Micropigmentation is a treatment that rewards both the practitioner and the recipient with the reactions and gratitude of the latter giving continual benefit, way beyond actual trophies. We’re very fortunate to have both, to be an award winning scalp clinic with hundreds of happy clients. We are grateful for both, thanks for voting for us!
|World Scalp Micropigmentation Awards 2019|
|UK Artist of the year||Paul Clark|
|UK Artist of the year||Simon Lane (Runner Up)|
|UK Company of the Year||Brandwood Clinic|
|Middle East and Africa Company of the year||Brandwood Clinic Cape Town|
|UK trainer of the year||Brandwood Clinic|
|Outstanding Contribution to SMP||Simon Lane (Finalist)|
|Scalp Guru Awards 2019|
|Outstanding Contribution||Simon Lane|
|Best UK Practitioner||Simon Lane (Finalist)|
|Best UK Practitioner||Paul Clark (Runner Up)|
|Rising Star||Agata Andrews (Finalist)|
|Best Trainer (UK)||Brandwood Clinic|
|Micropigmentation UK Awards 2019|
|Scalp Award||Simon Lane (Runner Up)|
|Best Website||Brandwood Clinic|
|Scalp Guru Awards 2018|
|Best UK Technician||Simon Lane|
|Best UK Technician||Paul Clark (Finalist)|
|Outstanding Contribution||Paul Clark|
|Best Training Programme||Brandwood International|
|Micropigmentation UK Awards 2018|
|Scalp Award||Paul Clark|
|World Scalp Micropigmentation Training Group Awards 2018|
|Best Treatment||Paul Clark|
|Best Artist||Paul Clark|
|Best Training Course (UK)||Brandwood Clinic|