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On Saturday 14th July Tracie Gunningham owner of Envy, hosted a charity Bollywood Summer Party.  The event was held at The Plymouth Venue, Victoria House in the heart of Plymouth. 

The party was a huge success raising a total of £2900 for women V cancer, cycle India challenge 2018. 

Tracie Gunningham said 'The venue was the 'perfect' space to host the event' it had so many areas in which to 'decorate' and create a real 'Bollywood feel'. 

Tracie had a strict colour theme in mind, purple, pink, orange, gold, turquoise.

The event was a 'sell out' and Tracie said 'It never ceases to amaze me the amount of generosity, people show when it comes to supporting charity, whether it be giving time, donations, raffle or auction prizes' and she recognises that it was only through having 'EVERYONES' support that the event was as successful as it was. 

Tickets cost £20 and included

A welcome drink, an entry ticket into 'Win a weekend at the Scarlet', and indian feast, pudding and plenty of dancing.   

The welcome drink and bar service was provided by Westlake events. 



Tracie started planning the event in April 2018 and knew she would need help to ensure costs were kept to a minimum in order to raise the maximum she could for the charity.

Tracie appealed for help from friends and family and reached out via social media for help with various props. 

Her first ask was for jars, any shape any size, that she could colour and then hand decorate to turn into t light lanterns for the tables. Tracie coloured and decorated over 70 jars.

The second ask was for cushions, this was to create a floor level seating area in the Raj tent. Tracie's mum went and bought loads from charity shops, staff, clients and Tracie's dance friends came up trumps again producing enough cushions to create the look.  Kevan Kennedy the owner of the Plymouth Venue donated some left over material which would then match the drapes in the Raj tent area.  Tracie then set about making cushion covers to help keep the theme. Having used all the material the last few cushion covers came from Drake's Jewellers store room courtesy Monique Hirshman, a recent store refurb meant they had some old luxury velour cushion covers that could be put to good use, along with a flower display, gigantic gold baubles and gold sequin table covers to add to that Bollywood bling.




Tracie wanted to break the eye line of the ceiling height in the venue and sourced some indian umbrellas to hang upside down over the tables, they looked beautiful. 



More handmade props made by Tracie and her 'bollywood angels'  included a colourful sign post, the table plan and a decorated mountain bike. 


On the evening guests were greeted with soft entrance music provided by Steve Whiteway. 


The Indian food was sponsored by Creative Direction IG and cooked by Jaipur Palace, served by Tracie and Ian Gunningham.

The menu was chicken tikka masala, chicken bhuna, channa masala, sag aloo, vegetable bhajis, naan and poppadoms.



After dinner and during pudding there was an auction which raised £360, massive thanks to Martin Roberts who enthusiastically pushed up the bidding on various items donated by Id Fashion, Field Accounting, Admin Angel, Julia Ford, Aunty Hazel. 

The Raffle raised a total of £600. 


After the auction guest were 'encouraged' to take part in a 'Bollywood dance routine' choreographed by Tracie Gunningham with the professional help of Julie Baker (a dance teacher at The Lemon Frog Dance Company)  It was an energetic and a FUN routine which seemed to be enjoyed by everyone.  

A flash mob was sent out a week before to encourage guest to learn the routine before the event. 

Guest were also encouraged to take home a 'Bollywood' cup cake made and donated by Helen Brann. 


Tracie said that 'she was genuinely thrilled with the amount of effort people had put into their costumes and for people supporting the event and the charity'. 

Tracie would like to publicly thank everyone who played a part in this amazing event. 

Tracie is now getting back into her cycle training, as she needs to be super lean and fit by November 2018 in order to be ready to take on and complete her cycle challenge.  

Tracie is still raising money for the charity,  to find out more or to donate you can click the link here.

Thank you to Nige at Hawk Eye Photography for capturing the whole evening. Great photography, check out his facebook page for all the images. 



Skills Group Exeter

Tracie Gunningham accepted a place on the judging panel for the Skills Group hair show in exeter. 

With plenty of talent on show, the decision making was tough, but the 30 years of hairdressing experience came in handy when it came down to the final cut.

Tracie Gunningham said ' I find it so refreshing to see how much effort and natural talent and flair there is in the hairdressing industry, some entrants only had 6 weeks experience and what they manage to create on stage in 30 minutes is truly incredible'. 

The Judging Panel photography Mike Baxendale @Skills Group

The Judging Panel photography Mike Baxendale @Skills Group

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Tracie Gunningham has made it into the final round of the Venus Women Awards for‘Business Of The Year’ within the Devon region.

In competition for the annual award, Tracie was originally against twenty-two other business nominees, and now sits within the final three. 

The official sponsor of the award, Sandra Sampson of Sampson Hall, stated ‘It was a difficult task choosing 5 businesses for the semi-finals, and even harder to reduce down to 3 finalists’.

Tracie Gunningham, shared her experience of the moment she found out she’d become a finalist as ‘an honour’.  The owner of Envy, also stated “When I heard my name called out as one of the finalist, I couldn’t quite believe it. To be in a final is such an honour as it now feels like the hard work and determination that I’ve put into growing and sustaining Envy has now been recognised not just locally but regionally.’

The final is to be held in the Great Hall at The University Of Exeter on the 27th November, where the winner will be revealed. Regardless of the result, this is a real achievement for both Tracie and her team of professionals.

Business of the Year Finalists with Sandra Sampson from Sampson Hall 

Business of the Year Finalists with Sandra Sampson from Sampson Hall 

Sarah Chapman is through to the Venus Awards Devon Semi Finals


Sarah Chapman said 'I Feel very honoured to be a semi finalist in the 'Employee of the year category'.

 It means a lot to me that my hard work and commitment to Envy is recognised and appreciated. I have had to overcome some shyness issues and become more assertive in my new management role. I am now confident in my management approach and have also taken on the challenge of training and developing the apprentices. I am really enjoying this aspect of my new job description.  

Tracie Gunningham said 'she nominated Sarah for the Employee of the Year Award because she 'naturally' stepped up and showed true leadership qualities, when being faced with her immediate manager having to have an unexpected operation, resulting in her being off for 3 months and also Tracie herself suffered ill health at the beginning of the year'.  Tracie said 'I really do not know what I would've done if Sarah hadn't stepped in and up to management of the Broadway salon and for that I am eternally grateful.' Going to the public vote would've been a big challenge for Sarah 9 months ago, as she admits she hates speaking publicly.  

Sarah has produced a great video, where she speaks confidently and clearly.

'I'm so proud of how far Sarah has come and in such a short space of time' said Tracie. 

Please help Sarah win her category of EMPLOYEE OF THE YEAR, she really does deserve the recognition. 


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Envy gets first place at the Skill's Group hair competition!


Envy’s junior apprentice, Ellie Kittle claimed 1st place at this weeks Skills Group 

hair competition.

Each year salons from all around Plymouth- including Envy- take part in the 

Skills Group hair competition. 

Young apprentices’ with as little as 12 weeks experience take part in the 

competition for a chance of winning first place within their categories of 

different themes. 

This years themes included: pure & simple, pomp & ceremony and lets party. 

Envy had two stylists competing for the winning titles in pure & simple and 

pomp & ceremony. 

Ellie claimed her 1st place in the pomp & ceremony category using Zayli 

Gunningham as her hair model to create a geisha girl theme. 

Salon owner Tracie Gunningham said: “They all did a fantastic job and I am 

extremely proud of my whole team for their support towards the younger 

members at Envy who each showed their skills and passions for hair”. 

Envy enters the Skills Group competitions every year and are always motivated 

to aim for the top- Lets hope they smash it again next year!

Ellie Kittle and her Geisha Girl Winning Look

Ellie Kittle and her Geisha Girl Winning Look