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How to Make Your Salon or Therapy Business Grow and Stay Successful During and after Lockdown

13 April 2020

Gateway - Keeping you up to date during COVID-19 - Therapist Industry Updates and More!


For those wanting to see what some of our tutors are getting up to in Lockdown with their personal messages at the end -  CLICK HERE


For all of our latest updates included the Boris Johnson number 10 latest updates and More!

Please scroll down this page and go onto next pages too as we have a lot of useful information here.

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How to Make Your Salon or Therapy Business Grow and Stay Successful During and after Lockdown


Adapt - Grow - Overcome and Thrive

It has become very clear in all types of industries now, that if we believe in the next few weeks or even months that things are going to change and allow us to go back to normal then we are kidding ourselves.

If you do not take action now and jump in, you will talk yourself out of action on how to improve your business and you will get stuck in the 'one day I will ..... ‘, day-dreaming approach and end up doing nothing. However, it is time for action or you will be left behind.

This is where we can help you, we have been successfully doing this with our students and other therapists are also seeing the value and organising their training.

This time is a huge opportunity that we all need to grasp with both hands, it is a new brilliant opportunity for those who are living in the here and now reality and looking around at the whole world realising that things need to change and they need to put things in place and do this now!



We want to help you with this and we are here for you as well as our lovely students who have studied with us. So many of our students are saying that their clients are still asking them if they can come and have their nails and brows done or get a massage at their salons! Not sure what planet they are on to think anyone is open.

Luckily our loyal students are one step ahead and doing our online courses whilst they are at home self-isolating, making sure they keep their skills updated. They are planning ahead which is vital for all therapists to do!

Here is why and how we can help you too...



Five vital points - why this is important and what you can do now!

1.    When you are in challenging times one thing you must all keep in mind is .....

"Delay at your Peril"

Are you thinking this awful time will be over in a few short weeks and we can get back to normal and I am too depressed to do anything right now?

Are you thinking of all the negative things and the bad things this brings up for you which is keeping you stuck?


This is a brilliant time and opportunity for both myself and my business to thrive!

I know I need to look at the reality of this situation and realise if I am to not only to survive this but adapt, grown and overcome it, then I need to find new ways of doing things.

If you are thinking it is dangerous to ignore the reality of what is going on, you would be right!!

Rather than be disillusioned into thinking things will go back to 'normal', instead use this time to find ways to develop your business and be inspired to do things differently.

 "Achieve the impossible which is definitely possible"

And another saying which is fantastic is:

"If you always do, what you always did, you will always get, what you always got, so try something different!"

2.    The two important questions you should be asking yourself right now are:

How are you going to use this time?


How are you going to do things differently?


When you realise that you cannot rely on anyone else to do the work for you or save you and that you have to do this yourself, not just to survive this, but to thrive you can easily move on!

3.    If we allow it, we can be left behind and put our heads in the sand for the next 2 - 3 months and eventually when we come out of this lockdown we’ll suffer from lack of planning. The fact is, if you do nothing within this time you will be left behind the curve

The opportunity you have NOW is to be stronger, to do better and to improve your client base - how?

By doing a range of things to achieve this easily.

4.    I heard some interesting facts the other day and that were, in the Second World War, productivity rose 3 fold as people chose new ways of doing things. The people who chose to adapt and do things differently all thrived then but also continued to thrive when the war was over. However when the war ended, those who did not change anything became less prosperous and had less of an income compared to what they had before the war started!

How does the past relate to us now?

Think of the restaurants who have closed their doors, some have chosen to put their head in the sand and do nothing and just hope things will return to 'normal'. However, the restaurants who have adapted quickly are those who are now offering deliveries. They are thriving and taking more orders than they did when they just had seated options in their restaurants. When they re-open not only will they have their regular clients coming back but they will ALSO have many NEW clients ordering take-aways and they will be better off after this crisis than they were before it!

Those businesses applying this (not just restaurants) are all going to gain new clients and if we were to have a lockdown once again (which the government are saying is likely) then they would be able to rest in the peace, security and knowledge that they have prepared themselves for the change and anything in the future similar to this would not affect their business as badly again. Any drop off in one part of the business would be OK as the other part of the business would keep them busy and be very prosperous even on its own.

Do you want to do nothing now and wish in a few months you had put something extra in place or do you want to adapt now and gain the benefits now as well as later?



Many of our students and therapists are telling us they miss their clients, however they have also realised how much they had neglected themselves and they do actually like this lockdown period so they can give more time to themselves and not feel guilty.

Therapists are telling us they want a work life balance and are looking at ways to achieve this but to still thrive without working themselves so hard.

Our Students are taking this time to learn a new skill that they can offer over the phone, by Zoom or Skype and know they can work less hours and make more money which will then allow more time for themselves and more time with their family.



It is so important to consider a second income now as this lockdown may go on for a lot longer than many people realise and if we have other outbreaks (which scientists are saying is likely) then short lockdowns will be implemented, so it is vital to have a second string to your bow and a second income.

Getting qualified in something new so that you can offer your clients options over the phone like a nutrition consultation, EFT session, life coaching or mindfulness practice via Zoom, are some examples of new things you can do (we offer all of these accredited courses online so you can get recognised qualifications to use professionally - we have many different options to choose from) and it is a great idea to be prepared for this new world we all find ourselves in.

If you have a course yourself that you want to write and sell to others, you can! Not sure how then try our "How to Write and Sell an Online Course" this will help you through the process step by step making it easy and quick!

The clever therapists are already thinking ahead and are learning online courses now to offer their clients, so they don’t get left behind.

We have over 20 to choose from, they are all professionally recognised accredited online courses making them insurable so you can gain insurance and offer them to your clients.

We have been offering Award winning online courses for years - you can check out what accredited online courses we have available here now:





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Stay safe and well

Warm wishes

Sue Bailey Director/Founder Gateway Workshops LTD


17 March 2017

Contraindications - From 2017 to present day

When you sign up for a course with us, by ticking you agree to our terms and conditions you agree to letting us know about any health issues you may have.

Important - Our tutors put your safety and comfort first at all times and as with any treatments there are contra-indications to consider which MAY affect you attending / your involvement/participation on the course. This also applies for all the other students on the course - the person or paying friend you will be pairing up with to practice. If you have any concerns your tutor is happy to cover these before the course.

Please confirm if you are under treatment from your GP and other practitioners for any of the following:

Pregnancy - Are you within the first three months? Cancer, HIV and AIDS, Epilepsy, HBP or heart conditions, Infectious skin disorders like chicken pox, Contagious illness, Diabetes (if skin is very thin bruising may occur), Paralysis or loss of sensation

Recent surgery on neck or face (if attending Natural Lift Facial Massage/ Indian Head Massage any other facial course)
 You may need a letter from your GP stating that it is safe/appropriate for you to give and receive a massage treatment on a one-day course. Care should also be taken if you are suffering from the following during the day of the course.  Again this may affect your participation on the course:

Local Psoriasis or Eczema - open sores or infections to the skin or ears, cold sores, high temperature or fever, drunk or under the influence of other drugs, local pain such as toothache, sunburnt, hypersensitive or broken skin, acute inflammation or swelling, severe acne, procedures such as Botox in the previous three weeks, Conjunctivitis.

You will be given a health waiver to sign on the day of your course which will ask you to state that - You are in good physical condition and fully able to participate in the course and have not been advised to not participate by a qualified medical professional and that you certify that there are no health-related reasons or problems which preclude your participation at the training course. If for any reason you refuse to sign this on the day you will not be allowed to attend and train with us you will waive the right to a refund of your course for all monies paid including the deposit.

A Parent’s Guide to Tutoring

31 May 2020

We were sent this by Monica at 'My Tutor' which we thought might be helpful to some of you trying to cope with home schooling.

A Parent’s Guide to Tutoring


How to tell if your child could benefit from extra help, what options are out there, and how to make the best choice for everyone involved

If you’ve decided your child needs a tutor – or someone else has suggested it to you – it’s easy to feel like you’ve done something wrong and start to panic. What if it’s too late and they never catch up? What if it’s too much for them? How will I know the tutor is a good one? How do I even find a tutor?

This isn’t helped by the forest of information that’s out there on the internet. It can feel like there are too many options and no clear advice on how to decide what’s best for your teen and your family.

This guide covers the main things to look out for when exploring tuition. We’ll go into how to tell if your child could benefit from a tutor, the different types of tutoring available, and how to make the best choices for everyone involved.

    Why might my child need a tutor?
    How to find out if your child needs a tutor
    Finding a tutor – what are the options and how should I choose?
    Choosing the right tutor for your child
    How do I make tutoring work for everyone involved?
    How do I know if tuition is working?
    And what about if tuition isn’t working for my child?

Why might my child need a tutor?

There are five main reasons why parents seek tutors for their teens…

    Because their child struggles with a particular subject (or subjects) and aren’t able to make the same progress as their peers.
    Because their child isn’t challenged enough by the work covered in class and they need a way to develop to their full potential.
    Because they’ve decided to supplement their kid’s classroom learning with one-to-one support to make sure nothing’s falling through the cracks.
    Because their child really lacks confidence which is preventing their progress.
    Because their child needs to get certain grades to get a place at university.

The first reason is the most common and is how lots of people think tuition should be used. In fact, parents are increasingly choosing to incorporate one-to-one tuition as a permanent strand of their child’s education (reason 3). And everyone’s at it – the Education Endowment Fund (EEF) reports that 1 in 3 secondary school kids in the UK has a tutor. So you’re in good company – even if other parents don’t talk about it.
How to find out if your child needs a tutor:

Understand if their approach to learning is holding them back

    Are they keeping up with class averages in school tests?
    Are they too shy to contribute in lessons?
    Do they lack confidence in their subjects?
    Are they working hard but not making progress?
    Do they struggle with their homework? (And do you feel like you can’t help?)
    Has their teacher recommended they get extra help?
    Is your child bored or disruptive in class? (can be a sign of frustrated cleverness or not understanding the content covered)

Understand what barriers there may be at school

    Are their classes too big to get personalised help?
    Do their teachers stay the same or is there a high turnover of staff?
    Are their peers getting tuition?
    Is there extra help available at school?

The answers to these questions should paint a picture of how well they’re getting on with the current help they have access to. If their environment at school or their own learning style is preventing them from doing their best, it’s a good idea to explore getting a tutor.

Finding a tutor – What are the options and how should I choose?

Here’s a quick look at the main types of tutoring available in the UK now.

    Agencies – these are organisations that match you with local, in-person tutors. They’re expensive and hyper-local (i.e. if you live in the countryside, forget it).
    Online tuition – with these services, you can choose from a broad range of tutors for one-to-one online lessons – so you’re more likely to find a tutor who’s right for your child. And it’s flexible (since no one has to travel) making it a great fit for busy families. Not ideal for things like piano lessons.
    Independent tutors – these are tutors who offer tuition outside of an organising body. Often ex-teachers, they’re hard to come by and often fully-booked. Like all in-person services, teens can find sitting side-by-side with tutors in their homes a bit awkward.
    Tuition centres – these centres provide small-group tuition outside of school hours and on weekends. They’re affordable but lose out on the impact of one-to-one support as the content isn’t tailored to individual students.
    Online directories – these are websites where independent tutors can advertise their services – such as Gum Tree. These generally have few/zero quality checks so you’ll have to be discerning if you go down this route. Some charge you for tutors’ contact details.

Lots of savvy parents are switching to online tutoring, taking in both the flexibility and cost savings together with a broader choice of quality tutors. But different options will suit different children.

    “When I first looked into a tutor I did not even think about having an online tutor but as we have working commitments, we thought we would try it, it was worth it. My daughter got more confident each lesson & James really helped explain in a way she understood. Couldn’t recommend it enough.”
    Angela, MyTutor parent

With certain types of tutoring, you’ll be limited with your choice of tutors. i.e. they’ll be one of a small handful in your local area or you’ll be allocated someone who’s free by an agency. With other types of tutoring, you’ll be in a position to choose who’s best for your child.

Choosing a tutor can be something parents struggle with. But it comes down to 5 basic considerations:

    Is it someone your child will engage with? Rapport is really important for building confidence and helping kids ask questions that grow their understanding. It’s why older siblings and other near-peer tutors work so well for teens.
    Is the tutor good at communicating? Teaching qualifications aren’t always the best markers for communication skills (we all had a teacher who just made us copy notes from the board). If you can meet with a tutor for a free intro session before committing to lessons that’s a big plus. Lots of students are audio-visual learners these days too, so understand what tools they have at their disposal to make learning interactive.
    Does the tutor have a good understanding of the exam board/topics being taught? Again, annoyingly, qualifications alone aren’t always enough of an assurance here. Take into consideration how up-to-date the tutor is with the curriculums and any recent changes. It could be that a student-tutor has a better grasp of teaching the current syllabus than a retired teacher.
    Logistics – is it someone YOU can work with? Is the tutor able to fit into your family schedule? Will you have to be on-hand to drive somewhere or will you feel obliged to tidy the house if they’re coming round? Do you have control over when lessons take place? How easy is it to reschedule? (Life happens sometimes). Are they within your budget? How will they involve you in the progress they’re making with your child?
    Is the tutor trusted by other parents? A great way of gaining confidence in a tutor is from other parents. You might be referred to a local, in-person tutor by a friend or if you’re pursuing online tuition, you can see lots of honest reviews left by parents like you on tutors’ profiles. We’re social creatures and if we see that something’s worked for someone else, it gives us the confidence to make the same decision for ourselves.

There’ll be other considerations that are unique to your situation – such as SEN, cultural, and personal health requirements – but if you work through these 5 main areas, you should be able to narrow down your choice of tutors.

How do I make tutoring work for everyone involved?

If we think of tutoring as a piece in the puzzle of a child’s education, it makes sense to consider the other pieces it needs to fit in with. These include: your child, your family, your tutor, your child’s school and any after-school clubs.
Your child

Your child needs to buy-in to the idea of tutoring for it to work best. This can be hard as they can feel like they’ve ‘failed’ or that they’re ‘stupid’ and can perceive tutoring negatively as a result. It’s best to frame tuition as a stress-reliever – something that’s going to boost their confidence and give them control over their own progress. Once they understand the benefits, it’s good to involve them when choosing a tutor (where possible). If your child feels consulted in the process they’re likely to be more open to the idea.
Your family

Tutoring can put a strain on the rest of your family. If you have a tutor to your house, siblings/partners/pets will need to be quiet and out-of-the-way. You may feel obliged to tidy or ‘host’ the tutor when you could be doing other things. Alternatively, if you go to a tutor’s house, taxiing your child to-and-fro may neglect your other kids’ needs and the demands of your own schedule. It’s hard! When choosing a tutor, try to find a solution that’s going to fit into family life and not create more work for you. Online tuition is especially good here as it’s easy to arrange/reschedule and there’s no travel involved.
Your tutor

To get the most out of tutoring, it’s worth developing a good working relationship with your child’s tutor. Clear communication will help make feedback and scheduling lessons as smooth as possible. The instant messaging tools on online platforms means you can arrange lessons flexibly (and there’s a written record of lesson feedback) but in-person tutors can be accommodating too if you’re prepared to work at it. If tutors are kept in the loop, they’ll be much more able to fit around you, rather than you around them. Beware of incurring cancellation charges for re-arranging lessons though. It’s best to check what the tutor’s policy is right at the start.
Your child’s school

Tutoring works best when it’s supporting good classroom teaching. Some teachers may take tutoring as a slight on their abilities but the truth is they complement each other brilliantly. The classroom is where the curriculum is taught in a structured and social environment. It is paced and covered systematically for the whole class – which often has students of mixed abilities. One-to-one tuition allows pupils to home in on their learning gaps or stretch in areas of particular interest in a learning style and pace that suits them. Talk to your child’s teacher and find out what areas they should be focusing on in their one-to-one sessions. Again, if teachers feel consulted, they’ll be more open-minded about their students having tutoring. This twin strategy of school + tutoring is becoming increasingly popular in the UK, so you probably won’t be the first parent to bring it up.
Extra-curricular activities

After-school clubs and activities teach kids some of their most important lessons about teamwork, discipline and perseverance. It’s important that tuition doesn’t take the place of these. When choosing what type of tutoring will fit best into your lifestyle, consider how to fit it around your child’s outdoor, creative and physical pursuits.

How do I know if tuition is working?

Before you start, have some clear goals of what you want to achieve from tuition. It’ll make it much easier to measure progress. Once you’ve started working with a tutor, there are a few ways to measure impact:

    Ask your child if they’re finding the sessions useful
    See if there’s any difference in your child’s attitude to homework/school subjects Are they finding their homework easier?
    Discuss your child’s progress with their tutor
    Check whether your child’s test scores at school are getting better
    Ask your child’s teacher if they’ve noticed an improvement in their confidence/grades.

When tuition works well, you should see a boost in your child’s confidence and their grades too. They should feel empowered in their learning and engage with their lessons more at school.

And what about if tuition isn’t working for my child?

If your child becomes nervous about their tuition sessions or overwhelmed with prep work for them, raise specific feedback to your tutor and see if it improves. If not, it’s probably a good sign that you should find a different tutor, try a different type of tuition or re-evaluate whether tuition is the right option for your child.

Whether or not tutoring is the right option for your child, this guide will hopefully have given you some useful ways to start gathering information. At MyTutor, we understand the hectic lives of families with teenagers, so we’ve made it easier to find great tutors who deliver results, making life less stressful for busy parents doing their best.

As the UK’s leading platform for online tuition, we’re on a mission to bring life-changing tuition to all.

Our tutors are personally interviewed and work online with pupils from all walks of life in our interactive lesson space. They have proven to boost confidence and raise results by an average of one whole grade over a term, often more. Want to find out if online tuition could work for you?

Give one of our Tutor Experts a call.

They’ll be able to answer your questions and help you find the best tutor for your child.

Call 020 3773 6024

or email us at

Our web site for more information is:


28 May 2020


We have teamed up with a true expert in this field to offer you a fantastic course that covers all of this and more!

You are not just getting one subject as this course will cover them all!! And all for a fantastic reduced price of just £97.00.

We have been offering award winning online courses for several years; benefit from a company who has actually made a success of this and not just jumped on the online bandwagon with no history of success!

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I’ve just completed the Facebook, Social Media, Google and Email course. And I loved it! I’ve completed other workshops in person, but I actually learnt a lot more doing this training on-line. I was able to do it over a couple of days and absorb the information more. The course was easy to book onto and you got sent your link straight away. It is really worth the investment, you learn so much and it’s enjoyable to watch. It made me excited to go off and implement some of their suggestions.

Irene Elliott - May 2020


The course consists of 5 Videos which are easy to learn from, engaging and massively easy to put into action and will make the difference you are all looking for:

Day 1 - Expert Positioning
Day 2 - Facebook and Facebook Groups
Day 3 - Crushing it with Video
Day 4 - Climbing to the top of Google naturally, without paying
Day 5 - Mastering Email once and for all.

All slides and information from this course will be available to you as a download to keep for your reference, along with the notes you take as you are watching the videos so it helps you to remember the content - this is ALL included in the price! This course is run by someone who is actually in our industry and knows about the issues you will have in your business and how to overcome them.



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28 May 2020


As an industry- We do NOT come under any of this - hairdressers, nail bars and beauty salons, and the hospitality sector, remain closed, because the risk of transmission in these environments is higher where long periods of person to person contact is required.

Thousands of high street shops, department stores and shopping centres across England are set to reopen next month once they are COVID-19 secure and can show customers will be kept safe, the Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed today.

The Prime Minister has set out:

• Outdoor markets and car showrooms will be able to reopen from 1 June, as soon as they are able to meet the COVID-19 secure guidelines to protect shoppers and workers. As with garden centres, the risk of transmission of the virus is lower in these outdoor and more open spaces. Car showrooms often have significant outdoor space and it is generally easier to apply social distancing.

• All other non-essential retail including shops selling clothes, shoes, toys, furniture, books, and electronics, plus tailors, auction houses, photography studios, and indoor markets, will be expected to be able to reopen from 15 June if the Government’s five tests are met and they follow the COVID-19 secure guidelines, giving them three weeks to prepare.

Shops like supermarkets and pharmacies have been trading responsibly throughout the pandemic. Building on this and in line with the Government’s roadmap, reopening non-essential retail is the next step towards restoring people’s livelihoods, restarting the UK’s economy, and ensuring vital public services like the NHS continue to be funded.

Businesses will only be able to open from these dates once they have completed a risk assessment, in consultation with trade union representatives or workers, and are confident they are managing the risks. They must have taken the necessary steps to become COVID-19 secure in line with the current Health and Safety legislation.

The government is taking action to help businesses re-open and protect their staff and customers, including:

Publishing updated COVID-secure guidelines for people who work in or run shops, branches, and stores, after consultation with businesses, union leaders, Public Health England and the Health and Safety Executive.

Working with local authorities to continue to carry out spot checks and follow up on concerns by members of the public.

The updated guidance takes into account the best practice demonstrated by the many retailers which have been allowed to remain open and have applied social distancing measures in store. Measures that shops should consider include placing a poster in their windows to demonstrate awareness of the guidance and commitment to safety measures, storing returned items for 72 hours before putting them back out on the shop floor, placing protective coverings on large items touched by the public such as beds or sofas, and frequent cleaning of objects and surfaces that are touched regularly, including self-checkouts, trolleys, coffee machines and betting terminals, for example.

The vast majority of businesses will want to do everything possible to protect their staff and customers, but tough powers are in place to enforce action if they don’t, including fines and jail sentences of up to two years.

As per the roadmap, hairdressers, nail bars and beauty salons, and the hospitality sector, remain closed, because the risk of transmission in these environments is higher where long periods of person to person contact is required.


The high street sits at the heart of every community in the country. Enabling these businesses to open will be a critical step on the road to rebuilding our economy, and will support millions of jobs across the UK.The guidance we have set out today provides a vital framework to get shops open in a way that is safe for everyone. It explains how retail workers who are not currently working can go back to work as safely as possible and feel confident in their workplace. And it reassures customers that shops are properly assessing the risks and putting in place measures to protect them.


As our high streets slowly reawaken, this new guidance is important for businesses on the ground. Our shops are doing all they can to keep the public and their staff safe, and we’ve seen many retailers leading from the front with innovative solutions to do just that. As more and more businesses turn their attention to reopening, this guidance will help them plan to do so safely and securely.


Bira is pleased with the guidance being given to retail outlets.It provides a broad framework for the basic measures and still allows the retailer to be flexible according to the size, layout and location of the shop.This guidance will ensure that independent retailers provide safe environments for employees and customers.

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