A NEW beauty business is to open its doors in Bradford today.

Skin HQ has been given a helping hand from Bradford Council's growth scheme.The business has been trading in Manchester city centre since early 2017 and more recently in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter.

The success of the two centres and the support available from the Council has motivated the business to open a third outlet in Bradford.

The 1,000 sq ft unit on Ivegate combines ground floor retail space with additional consultation and treatment rooms on the upper floors.

Skin HQ will offer services specialising in skin treatments like laser hair removal, dermal and lip fillers, derma peels, dermaroller, hydrafacials and microdermabrasion.

The business has received capital grant funding of £33,000 and a Business Rate Rebate of £11,000 via the Council’s scheme, which was set up to encourage business growth and job opportunities in the city centre.

The new business will see a previously empty unit on the street brought back into use and create 10 new jobs.

Speaking about the expansion, Skin HQ said: “We know that we’re offering something really different in the beauty industry; not just the best products and treatments, but a real focus on providing the best service.

"Our now 40-strong team across the three sites is trained on the latest and most effective treatments, being constantly results-driven and always getting the best for our clients.”

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, added: “This new business is part of the revival of Ivegate, which is one of the city centre’s oldest streets. This business will not only bring back in to use an empty property in the city centre but will also provide a better mix of venues and shops on the street."

Since the growth scheme's launch in November 2012, the scheme has supported more than 235 small businesses, helping to create 739 new jobs. It has assisted 49 new business start-ups and led to the revival of 94 previously vacant premises.

Because of this success, Bradford Council launched its District Growth Scheme in April. It provides a range of reliefs in a bid to attract new investment, encourage people to bring empty properties back into use, build new developments and re-use listed and heritage buildings in town centres across the district.

“Our Invest in Bradford team offer businesses across the district a wide package of support, including one-to-one consultations with experienced business advisers," said Cllr Ross-Shaw.

"It also offers support in all aspects of business planning, including start-up, sales and marketing, legal issues, cashflow management, employment practices, planning for growth as well as specialist access to finance advice.”