Salons reach out to Thomas Cook employees during business's collapse

The beauty industry is showing its support to Thomas Cook employees whose jobs are at risk following the company’s collapse on Monday. 

The BBC reported that Thomas Cook went into liquidation on Monday, September 23 due to a £1.7bn debt, with around 22,000 jobs worldwide at risk. It is also reported that approximately 9,000 of these employees are based in the UK.

Emily Louise Varnfield, owner of Emily Louise Beauty and Aesthetics Salon in Kettering, announced on Facebook that she would be offering free £250 vouchers towards training at Emily Louise Signature Academy for any employees affected, redeemable against training courses. 

The initiative aims to provide a potential new career path in beauty for those left without a job, with over 60 courses ranging from beginner to advanced available. For those not interested in a career in beauty, Varnfield also offered assistance with CVs, or even simply be treated as "someone to vent to". 

“I have been in that situation and I know how stressful it is, especially if you have children,” Varnfield told Northants Telegraph, which additionally reported that six women have already reached out to Varnfield regarding the offer.

Elsewhere, beauty businesses including Arch Rival Brows in Skelmersdale and Beauty at Noggi’s in Bolton are offering treatments to the value of £25 free of charge to all former Thomas Cook employees in the area. 

“I can’t give you your job back, but I can provide a pick me up freebie,” Arch Rival Brows founder Lydia Upjohn said in a Facebook post. She told Professional Beauty: "I'm trying to do a lovely thing and offer my services for Thomas Cook employees in my area for free. Loads of local businesses from Scotland to Wigan have got involved."

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Bellissimo Beauty, also based in Kettering, recently launched make-up masterclasses for cancer patients, in another show of support from the industry to the general public.