Examiner Business Awards: New Business of the Year award for Harriet Steele

Written by Harriet Steele


A STUNNED Harriet Steele could not believe that her awards night out turned into such a winner.

Despite the fact that her business is booming she was shocked by her win. “I was up against such fantastic businesses. I can’t believe it.”

The talented multi-award winning milliner, jeweller, make-up artist and hairdresser offers a bespoke service for brides-to-be, their mothers, bridesmaids and other guests.

“Despite the state of the economy, brides still want to be pampered and to feel special on their big day.”

The judges were impressed by how Harriet has found a niche in a crowded market by providing a high-value, customer-led service.

The Holmfirth designer has won City and Guilds awards for her cosmetic, make-up and millinery skills while studying at Huddersfield Technical College – now Kirklees College – and gained teaching qualifications in art and design at Huddersfield University.

She has also has taken top honours with organisations including the National Hairdressing Federation, the World Skills Challenge and the Haberdashers Guild.

She added: “Within five to eight years I want Harriet Steele to be a name that is recognised nationally.”

About the author

Harriet Steele

Hair and Make-up Artist