AN Ellesmere Port nail business professional has spoken of her delight at being named as a finalist in the UK Hair and Beauty Awards.

Gelicious Nails by Sam, based upstairs at Charlotte Gerrard Beauty on Whitby Road, Whitby, has been shortlisted in the Best Gel Nails category in the renowned awards event.

Business owner Samantha Sheldrake said: “I am so excited to receive a finalist position in the UK Hair & Beauty Awards 2022 in the category Best Gel Nails!

"I am so pleased to have made it through to this stage and cannot wait to see who else makes with through to the next round of #HBA2022; there is so much amazing talent out there that I am humbled to even have made it this far. I cannot wait to see where this amazing accolade takes us.

"Thank you to everyone for all your love and support over the years and especially in recent times, every single one of you share this award with me!”

The UK Hair and Beauty Awards celebrate the hair and beauty industry in an aim to support businesses both large and small and expose all candidates to new opportunities via social media, no matter their financial and social status.

After a long year of struggle and strife for so many UK-based hair and beauty industry professionals, the Hair and Beauty Awards is breaking down barriers, helping contestants build followings and recognition – even if they don’t win.

That is why they are celebrating the entire process of the competition this year and all the amazing talent that has entered.

The awards final will take place on March 26, 2022, with award-winning nail artist Kirsty Meakin and TV personality and model Amy Childs in attendance.