Jenny nails a new career in the beauty business

Nail technician Jenny Clark who has set up Pinky's Nail Boutique in Sanderson Arcade with customer Sam Allen.
Nail technician Jenny Clark who has set up Pinky's Nail Boutique in Sanderson Arcade with customer Sam Allen.

BEAUTY training paid off for a Morpeth entrepreneur as she went from redundancy to starting her own business in just five weeks.

Twenty-seven-year-old Jenny Clark had long held an ambition to start her own business so when she was made redundant from her job as a compliance officer for Northern Rock she decided to make her dream a reality.

Jenny had already completed training as a nail technician at Newcastle College and was qualified in nail manicure, pedicure, artificial nail structures and nail art, as well as threading, eyelash extensions and tinting.

So it was no surprise when she hit on the idea of launching Pinky’s Nail Boutique.

Originally she planned to rent a room from an existing business, but when that fell through she worked with the Northumberland Business Service Ltd (NBSL), based in Newgate Street, Morpeth, to find suitable premises of her own.

But the race was on to snap up her preferred unit at Sanderson Arcade.

Business coach Steve Peart said: “Jenny had to move swiftly in order to secure business premises at Sanderson Arcade, which meant that her start-up date came forward significantly.

“We worked together to ensure that Jenny was in a position to promote her new business at the same time as preparing the premises for opening, sorting out her lease and arranging business insurance and banking.

“In the coming months, Jenny’s circumstances of redundancy may become familiar to many people. What she has achieved in such a short time scale is just incredible — from redundancy to taking on business premises and starting to trade within five weeks is simply amazing.”

And Jenny is delighted with the way her business is blossoming.

She said: “I’m extremely happy with the way the business is developing and still can’t quite believe that I now have Pinky’s Nail Boutique, which in the past is something I only used to dream about.

“Steve and NBSL have been fantastic and I would also like to thank my family and friends, and my husband Michael who designed and built my website, for their help and support with the launch of Pinky’s and in handing out hundreds of leaflets for me.”

The business is based in Austin House at the arcade. For more information visit