A MULTI-AWARD winning beauty spa will be thrust into the national spotlight when it appears on new television show Spa Wars.
The Potting Shed in Batley was chosen for the ITVBe show that pits spas from across the country against each other as they bid to be crowned the best.
The popular spa at Redbrick Mill on Bradford Road has won 18 awards, including being named as the best salon in the country at the British Hair & Beauty Awards in 2015.
Owner Sam Pearce said: “It was great to be chosen for our region. I think it will show just how we are leading the market.
“The premise (of the show) is that you go to each other’s business and then you decide whether you’re prepared to pay the full value of the treatment.
“I did it based on my experience rather than based on wanting to win the show, so that was really hard for me because I hadn’t realised just how competitive people were.”
The team at The Potting Shed were up against a spa from Crewe and another from Worsley.
Sam added: “There was a lot of handbags at dawn!
“I’m hoping that it will showcase our business because there is nowhere like it; there’s nowhere that looks like it.
“I’ve learned from the experience that we are exceptional at what we do and I challenge anybody to find anywhere that does it the way we’ve done it.”
On the back of the show, Sam has plans to open a beauty training academy called The Greenhouse.
She said: “We are opening a training academy so that we can impart our knowledge.
“I want to create a bridging gap so that we can create the skills and the qualifications for people to be employable.”
The new venture is set to open in the autumn in the same premises as the Potting Shed, which opened in 2011.
Sam added: “It was a great experience, it’s great to put Batley on the map for something really positive.
“And it’s not just the involvement in the show, it’s actually cementing us as a really heavy hitter within the industry and for women in business.
“Especially for the school it is really important and we are looking at new sites to open more Potting Sheds.”
To see how Sam and her team get on, tune into ITVBe on Wednesday at 8pm.