Tell us about your company?
Body Matters was first established in 2001 when I started the business on the Isle of Man, I then moved to Wirral and rebuilt the company and began developing a new client list. This was a challenge but I think it helped me use my skills based on my reputation as a therapist. Body Matters is now entering its fifth year as a growing business based in Wirral.
Body Matters is very much a flexible business allowing me to have a home-based salon in pleasant surroundings in the heart of Bebington. The location is very conducive to my therapies and in making my clients feel relaxed.
I am an award winning beauty and holistic therapist with over 17 years experience, Body Matters received a Best Business award in 2003-2004 for giving customers a quality service, and one of my aspirations is to look at further awards which can put Body Matters in the public eye.
Since moving to Wirral I have gained seven Oncology Diplomas - a branch of medicine that deals with the study, treatment, diagnosis and prevention of cancer - so I am now insured to work with patients when first diagnosed with cancer. This is a newer side to my business, which works in tandem with my natural organic chemical free skin and body care range. I went on to gain two further diplomas in natural skin care making and skin nutrition, together with a diploma in excellence in cosmetic tattooing.
Where do you want the business to be in two years?
I would like to build a health retreat in Wirral with beautiful natural surroundings were anyone can come and visit and leave their worries at the door and learn more about chemical free/organic skin and body care to move forward with marketing my product line more. I would certainly like my skin care range to be more commercial and see them on the shelves of top stores and also supplied to colleges and other salons. I am working on complete natural based ingredients so no harm will come to our bodies as 70% of what we apply absorbs into our body. I would like to make this clear to colleges to advise students the correct way to start them on the right direction a career.
What is your background?
I am a volunteer at the Maggie’s Centre based at Clatterbridge. This centre has been developed by Maggie’s in partnership with The Clatterbridge Cancer Centre to enhance the cancer care and support already on offer at the hospital. It marks a further step towards enhanced cancer care in Merseyside, Cheshire and the surrounding areas. I teach them how to use skin care and apply makeup correctly.
If you could suggest one thing to Government to help business growth what would it be?
Simply just more help and support for small businesses, particularly in the first years of operation.
What do you do to relax away from the office?
I enjoy long walks with my dog, particularly, taking in the fresh air and fantastic views overlooking the Dee along the Wirral Way, but also spending quality time with my husband and two children.
What hobbies do you have?
Most of my hobbies are related to my work particularly meditation and yoga.
Have you any hidden talents that we don’t know about?
Cooking - I love to cook every thing from scratch as quite simply we are what we eat and your body matters. I was once was approached by a local gym instructor to design a recipe book for members to help them with a month long programme called Drop A Dress Size. My meals were inspiring to others so I agreed to create the book to help others succeed – it went on to be a great success. I was told that I should consider publishing it, so it is has inspired me to add to my list of things to do - write a book about how to look after our body from food, holistic therapies, and natural products but also to give people the knowledge that it all has to be healed from within.
What one piece of advice would you give an 18 years old Sara Williams starting out today?
Always believe in yourself and always follow your dreams – because they can come true.
Any final thoughts?
I know that my purpose in life is to help, heal and create beautiful lives.