What is your business name and why?
The business is called Akina Beauty and Laser Clinic, we had narrowed the name down to 5 different ones and then we did a poll in an office of 50 women, Akina was top of the poll.
It means spring flower.
Where are you located?
50 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2 is our location, we orginally opened in Crow Street in Temple Bar but we moved to Lower Leeson St last April.
When and why was the business established?
The business was established in 2006, I had worked in the beauty industry for over 15 years working for other people and I felt it was time to do my own thing, I wanted a new challenge.
What do you provide?
We provide a full range of beauty treatments but we specialise in skin care and laser treatments.
What qualifications do you have?
I am CIDESCO, CIBTAC and Btec qualified. I qualified as a beauty therapist in 1991.
How do you promote your business?
We promote our business in a number of different ways such as radio, social media, press adverts but word of mouth has to be our most successful promotion.
What is a typical day at work like?
No such thing as a typical day!
On days that I work on clients my day can vary depending on what treatments are booked in.
Other days are made up of admin, working on social media, training and attending meetings, launches and general business.
What additional information can you share with me?
At the moment the challenge is staying current and relevant, it is a very competitive industry so we need to ensure that we are providing our clients with what they need before they know that they need it!
We offer our clients a team that collectively has over 70 years experience in the beauty industry.
We provide a unique treatment that is bespoke to the individual client and their specific needs.
By developing a relationship with our clients we can offer the best advice throughout the year as their skin changes with time and the seasons.
We love what we do and our passion is what makes us great at what we do.