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Beauty expert and leading PMU training provider, Gina Collins, shares her thoughts on keeping a positive mindset following the opening of the beauty and cosmetic industry…

Gina Collins has worked within the beauty and aesthetic industry for over 25-years and during these two-decades, she has reached many professional landmarks, such as her training license and opening of cosmetic practices.

With the Gina Collins HQ located in the heart of Manchester, within the prestigious Manchester International Beauty Academy (MIBA), Gina has developed a unique training programme with unprecedented levels of quality and regulation.

Gina explains: “Our high standards and locations do make us accessible to a vast array of students from all over the world. It is the same high standards that structure and run all of our accredited courses and we love to welcome new and existing students through our doors.”

A challenging year

That being said, like most affiliated to the beauty and aesthetic industry, the last 12-months have been challenging times for Gina and her team - due to the impacts of Covid-19 and numerous national lockdowns, Gina had no options other than to close her academy and client services.

MIBA Director, Carina Thompson commented on the last 12 months: “It has been and still is a difficult period for the industry. Here at MIBA our values are to motivate, inspire, believe, achieve, and we will continue to take pride in offering apprenticeships, VTCT courses, short courses and even room hire, like we do for Gina, to some of the very best training providers in the UK, if not the world, in the future.”

Listed alongside so many closed sectors, the re-opening of the beauty and cosmetic industry has been a constant talking point from professionals to consumers. Along with several national campaigns being presented to The Houses of Parliament throughout 2020, and again at the start of 2021, these petitions highlighted solidarity in the field. So, it is no surprise that when the news came of re-opening the sought-after and well equipped trade, it was highly welcomed by Gina and millions of other professionals.

Planning for the future

During lockdown, Gina used the time to innovate and plan for a bigger and brighter future for her academy, staff and clients: “I have worked within the industry for over two decades and refuse to let all those years of hard work go to waste. I would encourage other professionals, whether that is in beauty or other professional sectors, to think the same. One thing that has really resonated with me is the sense of community from fellow practitioners, we have all been in this together and long may the camaraderie continue.”

Gina's services include permanent make-up, scalp micropigmentation, microblading, advanced skincare, laser and aesthetics and she now has her books open for future training courses and her 1:2:1 clients.

Gina Collins is a VTCT Approved Academy delivering a wide range of courses.

“We are looking forward to enrolling new students very soon. We are also really excited about our return to able to offer new L4 qualifications in scalp micropigmentation and laser. Safety is our main concern and we will be adapting training to smaller groups.”

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