Becky Woodhouse, the CEO and founder of PURE Spa & Beauty has been selected for the EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women ‘Class of 2018’ – the first ever Scottish entrepreneur to be accepted for this prestigious global business program.
The EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women program identifies and supports high-potential women entrepreneurs whose businesses show real potential to scale and become market leaders.
22 female entrepreneurs from across Europe will take part in the 2018 program, which offers world class executive education, access to partnership and funding opportunities, mentoring and business skills coaching – delivered through a series of events and e-learning sessions.
The year-long initiative, which kicked off with a two day orientation conference in Brussels last week, has a particular focus on innovative enterprises that are disrupting the market and creating new business models – one of the core pillars of PURE Spa & Beauty’s success.
A former chartered accountant, Ms Woodhouse founded PURE Spa & Beauty in 2002 having been frustrated by the lack of accessible, high quality spas in city centre locations. PURE’s successful business model is based on developing premium day spas for shopping malls, city centres and hotels to meet the needs of busy urban lifestyles. The business now operates eight successful spas around the UK in London, Edinburgh, Glasgow, and Aberdeen. PURE also offers its own retail and professional range of natural skin care products.
Ms Woodhouse commented: “It is an honour to have been selected for this prestigious program and to be joining such an impressive group of business women from across Europe. Since founding PURE, our mission has been to democratise beauty and wellness so that everyone can enjoy the benefits. In the next year, as the need for relaxation, health and wellbeing is ever-increasing in our busy day-to-day lives, the PURE business will be on a fast track to scaling up with some very exciting growth plans and partnerships. Whilst we do that, it is very rewarding to know that our ambition, business acumen and entrepreneurial drive have been recognised by EY, and that I am to benefit from the high level of coaching and networking that the program facilitates.”
Mike Timmins, leader of the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year programme in Scotland added: “The Entrepreneurial Winning Women programme, in its third year in Europe recognises entrepreneurs across Europe and supports their scale-up ambitions. The selection process recognised that Becky has delivered real growth in recent years, and now has the potential to scale even further across the U.K.”