3 March 2024

Saks Gathering & Awards 2023

After the success of their Saks-festival in 2022, the Saks Gathering & Awards 2023 saw their people arrive from across the country to an ‘enchanted garden party’ on Sunday 11th June. The setting was lakeside at one of the jewels of the northeast – Wynyard Hall Estate.

Saks Gathering & Awards 2023

On arrival at the Saks Gathering & Awards 2023, guests were greeted by a funky ‘New Orleans’ style brass band. Whilst giant deckchairs and stilted floral people gave the perfect opportunity for selfies and team photos. All before afternoon drinks, a summer BBQ, and catch-ups on the patio. The dress code was chic and sleek with a touch of magic. Of course, the Saks family brought all the enchanted vibes with their attire.

As the sun dipped ‘hedge men’ guided everyone inside for the awards ceremony where the winners were announced and celebrated. Luke Pluckrose, Saks Creative Director, jetted in fresh from a gig in Milan to help host. We was alongside Jezz Ellis, Saks Head of Ops and Stephen Kee, Saks Managing Director. Next, Ministry of Sound DJ and long-time friend of Saks, Nilesh Parmar, got the after-party started. They belted out top tunes well into the early hours.



Amy Nixon, Redcar; Jess Hesp, Barnard Castle; Nikki Hughes, Chester; Shannon Currah, Hexham.


Debbie Passman, Beauty Guisborough – Beauty Image Award Winner; Becky Edwards, Chester-Le-Street – Styling Image Award Winner; Amy Nixon,Redcar – Colour Image Award Winner; Shannon Currah, Hexham – Creative Image Award Winner.


Chloe Ross, Wetherby – Apprentice Award Winner; Jodie Davis, Hexham – Advanced Apprentice Award Winner.


Saks Newark – Fundraising Achievement Award Winner; Emma Heasman, Saks Kings Hill – Therapist Achievement Award Winner; John Goddard – Saks Skipton – Stylist Achievement Award Winner; Chelsea Ward, Saks Beauty Northallerton – Therapist Achievement Award Runner-up; Laura Everson-Heale, Saks Exeter – Stylist Achievement Award Runner-up.


Saks Kings Hill – Hair & Beauty Salon of the Year Winner; Saks Leeds City – Beauty Salon of the Year Winner; Saks Hexham – Hair Salon of the Year Winner; Saks Bishop Auckland – Hair & Beauty Salon of the Year Runner-up; Saks Kings Hill – Beauty Salon of the Year Runner-up; Saks Exeter – Hair Salon of the Year Runner-up.

“Our annual awards are all about celebrating and rewarding our people for their hard work and dedication,” said Stephen Kee, Saks Managing Director. “It’s always a great occasion when we get together like this to celebrate but I think everyone agrees that we took it next level this year. Congratulations to all the finalists and winners. We’re so proud of you”.

Huge thanks from Saks to their hair, beauty, and business sponsor: Kérastase, Kleek Apprenticeships, L’Oréal Professionnel, Redken, Salon IQ and Towergate Insurance.


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