First Scratch Stars Awards winners announced

Nail techs Denise Wright, Jenny Longworth and Kirsty Meakin were among the winners of the first Scratch Stars Awards held in London on Sunday (May 20). The specialist nails awards, organised by Scratch magazine, took place at Café de Paris and were hosted by Daybreak presenter and Strictly Come Dancing contestant, Dan Lobb. There were 18 categories to recognise nail professionals, salons and suppliers. Two of the categories also celebrated services to the industry as a whole. Nail Stylist of the Year sponsored by Nail Harmony UK Winner: Denise Wright Mobile Nailist of the Year sponsored by Gellux Winner: Claire Graham Session Stylist of the Year sponsored by Sweet Squared Winner: Jenny Longworth Nail Artist of the Year sponsored by ASP Winner: Kirsty Meakin Liquid & Powder Tech of the Year sponsored by EzFlow Winner: Margarita Belska Gel Tech of the Year sponsored by Chroma Gel Winner: Ela Loszczyk Gel Polish Stylist of the Year sponsored by Artistic Nail Design Winner: Elise Scholes-Pilkington Manicurist of the Year sponsored by Jessica Winner: Emily Skinner Pedicurist of the Year sponsored by Cetuem Winner: Agnieszka Mirz Nail Salon of the Year - Independent sponsored by Nubar Winner: The Hand & Foot Spa, Chelsea Highly commended: Nailspa, Huddersfield Nail Salon of the Year - In-salon/Salon Environment sponsored by The Beauty Partnership Winner: Bodylines, Kent Retail Salon of the Year sponsored by Lena White Winner: Pebble Sanctuary Industry Innovator sponsored by the London College of Beauty Therapy Winner: Sweet Squared Best Customer Care sponsored by ABT Winner: Palms Extra Best Marketing & Support sponsored by Olympia Beauty Winner: Louella Belle Best Education & Training sponsored by Scratch Magazine Winner: Sweet Squared Services to the Nail Industry sponsored by Sweet Squared Winner: Gigi Rouse The Tom Holcomb Shooting Star (celebrating innovation in the industry) Winner: Nail Harmony UK