Hairdresser crowned as best new business in East of England

Lauren Jarvis, from Dereham, won 'best new business' in the East of England section at England's Business Awards

Lauren Jarvis, from Dereham, won 'best new business' in the East of England section at England's Business Awards - Credit: Lauren Jarvis

A Dereham hairdresser is celebrating after being crowned as the best new business in the region at a prestigious awards ceremony. 

Lauren Jarvis, who started The Lodge Hairdressing at her home during lockdown, was recognised in the East of England section at England's Business Awards.

Lauren Jarvis started The Lodge Hairdressing at her home in Dereham during lockdown

Lauren Jarvis started The Lodge Hairdressing at her home in Dereham during lockdown - Credit: Lauren Jarvis

She had also been nominated for 'best hair salon'.

The 31-year-old's triumph in the new business category has earned her a place at the national final, set to be held in Manchester in the spring. 

"I was really surprised and just grateful to even be nominated," said Mrs Jarvis, who quit her stable salon job so she could launch her own venture and spend more time with family.

Lauren Jarvis, from Dereham, won 'best new business' in the East of England section at England's Business Awards

Lauren Jarvis, from Dereham, won 'best new business' in the East of England section at England's Business Awards - Credit: Lauren Jarvis

"I was thinking even in Norwich they are so many amazing new businesses, let alone in all the other towns and cities in the East of England. 

"It is a really big compliment because I do everything myself, so it feels like a really big deal. I suppose it means I must be doing a decent job."

Lauren Jarvis, from Dereham, with a client in her salon at Cherry Drift

Lauren Jarvis, from Dereham, with a client in her salon at Cherry Drift - Credit: Lauren Jarvis