Everything That Happened at The 23rd Charlie Miller Achievement Awards

Published 19th Mar 2024 by Chlo Weldon

In a night of glitz, glamour, and excitement, the 23rd Charlie Miller Achievement Awards took place on Sunday 3 March in The Inspiration Suite at The Village Hotel in Edinburgh.

A much anticipated and prestigious annual event, the Charlie Miller Achievement Awards were created to recognise and reward stylists, trainees, receptionists, and office staff who excelled throughout the previous year. Teams from all four salons celebrated together as 25 individual awards were handed out amid rapturous applause.

A special moment of the evening was dedicated to honouring salon director, Richard Beggs, for an incredible 30 years of continued service with the company. The Long Service Award was a heartfelt token of gratitude for his unwavering commitment.

Emphasising the importance of the Achievement Awards in their calendar, joint managing directors, Jason and Joshua Miller, commented: “The Achievement Awards are a time to celebrate the hard work and dedication of our teams. It’s our opportunity to express gratitude for everyone’s tireless efforts and continued support. We are privileged to have such a fantastic group of individuals working with us, and their success is undeniably our success. We appreciate each and every one of them.”

The company introduced a new award this year in memory of friend and work colleague Cat Nicholson, who passed away last year. The Cat Nicholson Award is created to recognise growth in creative development/creative contribution to the business. This inaugural award was presented to both Lauren Tait and Molly Rufus for their artistic successes at last year’s L’Oréal Colour Trophy.

The grand prix award for 'Outstanding Hairdresser of the Year' was announced by recently retired director, Ian Blyth, and presented to a delighted Lauren Tait. Lauren is based at the group’s salon in Holy Corner and is a senior head stylist/head technician, and also the salon’s Assistant Manager.

The Winners

Trainee of the Year Stafford Street: Sophie Smith

Trainee of the Year South St Andrew Street: Gemma Stevenson

Trainee of the Year Holy Corner: Aileigh Bain

Trainee of the Year Stockbridge: Sophy Cockburn

Trainee Competition Winner Group B: Jo Freedman

Trainee Competition Winner Group A: Sophy Cockburn

3rd Trainee of the Year: Katie Lomax

Retail Salesperson of the Year: Hannah Sorrell

Treatment Salesperson of the Year: Amber Swift

Receptionist of the Year: Riah Buckingham

Treatment Promotion Winner: Karen Kennedy

Mori Neil Award (50%+ Client Rebooking): Jason Miller, India Miller, Corry Riley, Elle Weston, Karen Kennedy, Richard Beggs, Rosslyn Orr, Hayley Dallas, Karyn Holloway, Natalie Cole, Lynsey Wilson, Hannah Lennon, Rebekah Smith, Stephanie Skellett, Amber Swift

Long Service Award: Richard Beggs

Janet Miller Award: Jack Tait

Cat Nicholson Award: Lauren Tait and Molly Rufus

Salon Stylist of the Year: Kaylee Murray

Senior Salon Stylist of the Year: Ellie Gilhooley

Senior Stylist of the Year: Rachel Grayson

Head Stylist of the Year: Lexi Lupton

Senior Head Stylist/Salon Director of the Year: Richard Beggs

Men’s Stylist of the Year: Kieran Ewing

Salon Technician of the Year: Nicole Hewitt

Senior Technician of the Year: Rachel Grayson

Head Technician of the Year: Lauren Tait

Outstanding Hairdresser of the Year: Lauren Tait

Chlo Weldon

Chlo Weldon

Published 19th Mar 2024

Chlo writes regular content for the print magazine and website, as well as scheduling the content for HJ’s social media channels. Chlo has a master’s degree in Magazine Journalism and previously worked as Assistant Editor at craft magazine Tattered Lace. After moving to London from her small hometown to be part of the HJ team, she is loving every minute of being involved in the industry. She loves a good treatment and is on a mission for a longer and thicker mane.

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