Screen Shot 2015-05-18 at 14.55.33A unique beauty and fashion event is being held at Derwent Manor Hotel in Allensford, Northumberland on Friday 29th May to champion small independent business from the north east. The Big Event have 33 businesses showcasing themselves where guests can indulge in mini treatments, receive discounts, watch demos and a fashion show.

Mum of two, Lisa Guthrie, started her Tried and Tested members-only beauty and fashion Facebook page in December, to share her beauty and fashion experiences having no idea that by May she would have nearly 15,000 members and The Big Event in place.

Lisa says “I decided to do this event as this was something the members asked for. They wanted all my recommended salons, boutiques and retailers all under one roof offering exclusive discounts and they also wanted a chance to meet all the members in a party atmosphere. The ladies love the exclusiveness of this closed private female group and felt they all wanted to unite and come together.”

The Big Event is being sponsored by Shotley Bridge Dental Care and are raising money for Heel &Toe charity on the evening.

One of the businesses involved in the Big Event is Believe to Achieve in Heaton. Owner, Amanda Greiveson says ” When I first heard that Lisa was planning this event I was delighted. Where else can independent salons take their business to the public? This is a perfect way of meeting potential customers.”

Lisa goes onto say ” I would like this event to be a huge success with it being my first Big Event so I can continue to do this annually or even bi-annually. I have 33 stalls taken but I could have had double that if I had a larger venue but I didn’t expect it to take off so quickly!  It truly is a great opportunity for small, independent businesses to showcase themselves and I enjoy supporting local businesses across the north east”

Tickets are selling fast, priced at only £7 and includes a glass of fizz on arrival. They are being sold at several outlets including Shotley Bridge Dental Care, or by joining the Tried and Tested Facebook members only page.