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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

In-Cumbria Insights: Angela McCullough

In-Cumbria gets inside Cumbria's business brains, this week featuring Angela McCullough, managing director of Angelique Beauty & Holistic Academy.

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REWARDING Angela McCullough, managing director of Angelique Beauty & Holistic Academy

Angela's business is based in the Lord Ramsden building, Duke Street, Barrow. She is married with two children and lives in North Scale, Walney. In her spare time she likes to walk her dog and relax with her family. 

What was your first job?

I used to work at Asda in Barrow as a customer services assistant. So completely different from what I do now.

How did you get your current job?

By setting up Angelique Beauty & Holistic Academy myself four years ago.

Describe the company you own in one sentence.

It is a beauty and holistic academy/salon.

How many hours do you work a week?

Too many!

How many people are you responsible for?

Three members of staff and all the students. A lot of the students have just qualified, but I did have 47 on my books. They have just finished in July so I am now looking for new students for September.

What’s your greatest achievement?

Probably becoming my own boss.

What gives you the biggest work buzz?

Seeing how a student progresses from start to finish; how they progress through the year. How they come in with no confidence and by the end of the year they are completely different people with bags of confidence and obviously a qualification so they can go out and have a career path from it. That is really rewarding from my point of view.

What’s your motto at work?

Be positive, be strong and don’t let anything get you down – if you can. And try not to work too hard.

What’s the best thing about being a boss?

Having nobody to answer to!

What’s the worst thing about being a boss?

It’s quite stressful because obviously you are the end of the line and it’s up to you to make that final decision.

What’s your favourite website?

www.vtct.org.uk – that’s the awarding body that I use. It is a specialist awarding organisation called the Vocational Training Charitable Trust.

What was your first car?

I think it was a Talbot Horizon!

How do you relax?

By taking my dog out for a walk.

What’s the best thing about doing business in Cumbria?

It is a hard business, especially in this industry compared to being in a city – it is a more city-orientated industry, if you will. But I would probably say the people. They are so friendly and have got time for you.

Something your employees would be surprised to find out about you.

I don’t know, they know quite a lot already I think!

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