Nouveau Beauty Group’s Karen Betts scoops Everywoman of the Year 2014

Karen Betts and her team at Nouveau Beauty Group are celebrating after she took home the most prestigious accolade at Natwest’s Everywoman Awards 2014.

Pontefract-based Betts, whose empire of Karen Betts Professional and Nouveau Beauty Group encompasses a pioneering medical tattooing enterprise, several leading cosmetics brands and a salon training business, was presented the esteemed title of  Natwest’s Everywoman of the Year, which honours British entrepreneurial success.

A beautician by trade, Betts undertook training in permanent make-up after seeing the impact of breast cancer treatment on a friend, before launching a company that initially catered for those who had lost their eyebrows through chemotherapy.

Following this, she launched the Nouveau Beauty Group that is now one of the UK’s leading provides of beauty-industry education. Betts is also the creator of Nouveau Lashes as well as the brains behind the HD Brows brand.

She has since led her companies to outstanding success, growing them from a small office in Yorkshire to an international team of 182 employees with a turnover of £7 million. Betts has also dedicated much of her expertise to offering treatments to cancer, burns and alopecia patients, working with professional and charitable bodies such as The Haven Leeds, Breast Friends Birmingham, Alopecia UK and The Katie Piper Foundation.

The Natwest Everywoman awards were held on 3rd December and were attended by some of Britian’s best known business owners including awards patron, Mary Perkins of Specsavers, Chrissie Rucker MBE of The White Company, Cath Kidston MBE and Amanda Wakeley OBE.

Maxine Benson MBE, everywoman co-founder, commented on the winners: “It takes a bold and gusty individual to start a business and today’s winners are all women with vision and determination. Some have businesses that are household names, others will achieve that recognition in the future. All are joined by a common goal to succeed and to inspire.”

She added: “They not only fly the flat for British business, but are role models for future generations of enrepreneurs.”