Friday, August 16, 2019

How Towns Around Woodstock Pushed to Cancel the Hippie Takeover - History

How Towns Around Woodstock Pushed to Cancel the Hippie Takeover - History


How Towns Around Woodstock Pushed to Cancel the Hippie Takeover - History

Posted: 14 Aug 2019 12:13 PM PDT

The iconic music festival faced massive resistance from local residents who feared an invasion of long-haired druggies in August of 1969.

‘I didn’t bother with A-levels - now I run a million-pound business empire’ - Manchester Evening News

Posted: 14 Aug 2019 11:30 PM PDT

For many teenagers across Greater Manchester, A-level results day is the most important moment of their life so far.

Thousands of school leavers will today be seen across the news channels jumping for joy as they recite their impressive grades for the camera, while revealing which top flight university they plan to attend.

But what happens for the students whose grades aren't as good as they'd hoped?

For mum-of-one Chantelle Thompson, things have worked out pretty well for someone who doesn't have any formal qualifications.

The 32-year-old beauty entrepreneur has built a million-pound business empire through hard work and determination - despite leaving school without a single GCSE or A-level to her name.

Beauty entrepreneur Chantelle Thompson, 32, has built a million-pound business empire despite leaving school without a single GCSE or A-level to her name

"People ask me what drives me, but it's just something inside of me, I can't imagine not doing what I do," Chantelle said.

"If I wanted to be a stay at home mum, I know within a week I'd have a new business model and I'd be off again. It's not from a materialistic point of view, it's more wanting to make a success of everything I do. That drives me every single day."

Leaving school at 16 without any academic credentials, Chantelle trained to be a hairdresser, and the hungry young businesswoman started up her first business just a year later.

Chantelle, who is from Yorkshire, then moved to Manchester aged 21 to set up Russian Lengths, her second business.

Beauty entrepreneur Chantelle Thompson, 32, has built a million-pound business empire despite leaving school without a single GCSE or A-level to her name

She said: "I hated school. It used to be the thing that naughty kids would be sent off to do hairdressing. It wasn't that I was actually naughty, but they gave me the option to drop some subjects and do that instead and I really enjoyed it.

"I set up my own business and started to do a lot of hair extensions. I saw there was a gap in the market and when I moved to Manchester I set up another business importing luxury hair extensions."

But that wasn't enough for the serial entrepreneur, who also launched a beauty salon business called Perriee Spa, in Prestwich.

Five years ago Chantelle saw a gap in the market for non-surgical treatments to answer the growing trend among women for Kim Kardashian-inspired curves.

Beauty entrepreneur Chantelle Thompson, 32, has built a million-pound business empire despite leaving school without a single GCSE or A-level to her name

After discovering that equipment cost around £50,000, Chantelle's aim was to develop her own machine at a more affordable price along with a fully-costed business plan to offer other salons wanting to offer the treatment.

The technology is a combination of LED light therapy, radio frequency, cavitation and vacuum suction. Together they make fat cells smaller, so it smoothes out cellulite, breaks down fat cells in different areas, liquidises fat cells and moves them to a different area.

Beauty entrepreneur Chantelle Thompson, 32, has built a million-pound business empire despite leaving school without a single GCSE or A-level to her name

"I feel I was at the right place at the right time and spotted the niche in the market," Chantelle explained. "I looked at developing my own machine, which I did after nine months, to use at my own salon to see how it would all work and how customers took to it. And it just flew - within weeks I'd doubled my profits and takings in the salon."

It was so successful that busy Chantelle, wife of former Rochdale AFC player Joe Thompson, sold Perriee Spa last year to concentrate on her booming booty business.

What makes her story even more incredible is that Chantelle managed to build her businesses while caring for Joe during his two well-publicised cancer battles, as well as looking after their daughter Lula, six.

Joe and Chantelle Thompson with their daughter Lula in 2017

Joe, now 30 and two years in remission from Hodgkin's Lymphoma, retired from professional football in February this year. 

Chantelle smiled: "Until you are in the story, you don't know how you are going to deal with it, but you just get on with it."

Chantelle sold her Perriee Spa last year to concentrate on the booming Brazilian Booty Lift business - but is already developing new ideas for her empire along the way, including a vegan food delivery service co-created with Joe.

She has come to accept that many will link her success to being a footballer's wife - but she is proud to have built her businesses on her own merits.

Joe and Chantelle Thompson attend the 2019 Pride of Manchester awards

She said: "People would assume that maybe he's helped to set up the business, but every single business I've done, everything has been done organically from a small investment from myself.

"When Joe was still in football, our earning was equal to begin with, but as my businesses have grown it's definitely switched the other way - but we don't look at it that way because we're a partnership."

 

And business ideas continue to come from Chantelle - who will be launching an online training platform for schools to give full career advice to students.

After Chantelle's own experience at school, it's something she is particularly passionate about.

She says: "It will chart how a student's career journey is recorded, and ensure that students are preparing for a job suitable for them or that they want to do." 

"Everything I do has to resonate right with me for me to put my mind to it."

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