A BOOMING UK tanning big has opened its first-ever salon in London after 4 years of planning and preparation.
Indigo Solar has invested £500,000 into the brand new hi-tech facility that’s a part of The Previous Dairy retail improvement in South Ruislip, creating eight jobs and bringing the agency’s complete workforce to 958.
Its London venue comes intently after the Stirling-based firm opened its 100th salon, with founder Frank Taylor aspiring to open various salons within the nation’s capital.
Frank mentioned: “It has all the time been a protracted ambition for us to create a salon in London, and after years of planning and analysis, we’re delighted to have lastly opened our doorways to the general public.
“The Previous Dairy ticks each single field for us. It’s heavy footfall and parking choices signifies that native tanners ought to be capable of get fast and easy accessibility to a vacation glow.
“It’s additionally nice to be amongst another massive names on web site, neighbouring the likes of Asda, Cineworld, Nando’s and The Gymnasium, with McDonalds on the way in which. It’s the good location to begin our London providing.”
Previously a Chiquito’s household restaurant, the brand new Ruislip salon is 1800sq ft and has been designed with an upmarket night time membership aesthetic. The salon has been fitted with 13 hi-tech sunbeds, with an extra three to be put in over the approaching months.
The salon is open seven days per week, 9am – 10pm Monday to Friday, and from 9am – 8pm Saturday and Sunday.
Frank added: “A part of the explanation that devoted tanning salons are rising in recognition is due to the price and complexity of the gear.
“Fashionable sunbeds now have options comparable to Bluetooth in order that prospects can join their telephones and play their very own selection of music. In addition they have subtle aircon methods and sensitivity settings for particular pores and skin sorts.
“We design our salons to have extra sunbeds in them to scale back ready instances for purchasers whereas making certain our employees have an in-depth information on using sunbeds.”
Indigo Solar hopes the Ruislip premise to be the primary of many because the agency continues to scout extra prime London places.
Frank mentioned: “As soon as we’ve established what the market wants are in London, we could have a template for enlargement within the metropolis going ahead.
“We provide a service which has comfort at its coronary heart so the problem is discovering the proper websites, then branching out to create a worthwhile community, and with London’s property costs this may be tough.
“Nevertheless, we’ve to date adopted a components which has sprouted nice success for us throughout the UK – and we count on London to be no totally different. Our aim is to have round 10 Indigo Solar salons in London throughout the subsequent 5 years.”
The tanning chain’s technique is constructed from inhabitants density and accessibility. Indigo Solar usually targets areas with a inhabitants of greater than 100,000 as a place to begin, and in greater cities goals to create clusters of salons for extra streamlined administration.
From there, the agency decide’s places that are near predominant roads and produce other facilities located beside them – making their salons simply accessible for commuters.
Employees working on the Ruislip salon have acquired coaching by the Sunbed Affiliation and have labored in Indigo Solar’s close by Watford department for hands-on expertise.
At present stretching from Inverness to London, Indigo Solar has greater than 100 tanning venues throughout the UK, using 958 individuals. Many of the salons are 1000-2000 sq ft.
In February, the agency reported its best-ever outcomes, recording a turnover of greater than £26m and nearly £5.6m revenue in its newest monetary yr. The tip of lockdown noticed prospects return in such numbers that at peak intervals in 2022 Indigo Solar was serving 140,000 individuals per week.
Founder Frank is a passionate advocate of protected tanning and is a supporter of the business organisation The Sunbed Affiliation, which seeks to battle misinformation about tanning salons and indoor tanning gear.
For extra details about Indigo Solar, their opening instances and opening presents go to www.indigosun.co.uk.