Founder Sue Harmsworth leaving Espa after 25 years

Founder of spa and skincare brand Espa, Sue Harmsworth, has announced her departure from the company after 25 years of service.

Harmsworth founded the brand in 1993 and made it a leading name in the spa industry, extending the company’s reach to more than 70 countries.

“The time is now right for me to step away from the brand I love. This move will enable me to concentrate on my passions for spa, integrative medicine, health and wellbeing, and to develop new partnerships and projects. I would personally like to thank our amazing customers, spas and global partners, and of course, our team for their loyal support. It has been an incredible journey," said Harmsworth.

Last year, Espa was acquired by online health and beauty retailers The Hut Group (THG) in a deal believed to be worth at least £100m. Paul Gedman, chief executive of THG, commented: “More than two decades ago Sue Harmsworth had a revolutionary idea that created the idea of beauty and wellbeing, an idea to provide the best holistic products and spa services around the globe.”

Harmsworth will be still be involved in other global beauty and spa projects, including continuing with her ongoing advisory on the boards for the Global Wellness Summit & Institute, Wellness for Cancer, Forbes and Bench Global Hotel Investment.