Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Nicky's Natural Instinct

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Nicky's Natural Instinct

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Byline: By Marie Turbill Evening Gazette

Nicky Rooke says ask her to produce a business plan and she wouldn't have a clue where to start.

Add to that a figures forecast and again she openly admits that she would be flummoxed.

But while she may be lacking in the usual management credentials, people who meet her describe Nicky as a "natural business woman".

And recently having opened her fourth beauty and tanning salon it seems they would be right.

"I am not a figures person," says the mum-of-three, originally from Eston.

"I go with my instinct. I can look at something and think that is what it needs to work."

On top of that she says she knows not to live or work beyond her means.

Her good instinct and practical attitude to money has led to the success she has today.

Sitting in Tanique, her flagship salon in Stokesley High Street, she beams with pride at what she has achieved.

It all seems like the fairytale ending for the girl who says she is not academic, but she hasn't finished yet.

"I am not always looking for other opportunities but if something comes up I will consider it and work on a gut feeling," she says.

The new Stokesley salon which offers tanning and beauty treatments is her latest acquisition.

"A friend of a friend contacted me and said that they wanted to sell this place on," she says.

"I decided initially not to take it but when I came to visit it I just fell in love."

Now Nicky calls the Stokesley salon her flagship store, she has three others, in Eston Sports Academy, Middlesbrough and Hartlepool.

The 37-year-old says it is a far cry from when she started in a back room of a salon in Normanby, working part time to fit in with caring for her children.

After leaving school she worked in the hotel business, first in London and then Newcastle.

At 22 she decided to come back to her roots in Teesside to settle with her childhood sweetheart, Ste, and they had their first two children, Loyd, now 13, and Mason, 11. …

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