A Derry hair dressing salon has been short listed in the Observer Ethical awards 2014.
Roco Eco-Organic Hair and Beauty Salon, on the Strand Road discovered they’d been nominated for the prestigious awards earlier this week. Co-owner Ronan Stewart said they were gob smacked when they heard news.
“We couldn’t believe it when we heard the news - ‘The Observer’ newspaper is a super newspaper and their ethical awards are amongst the best in the country.
“The ethical awards are not just open to hair salons or anything like that. They are open to businesses around the country who put ethics at the very top of their priorities - the organisation who have won the retailer of the year award for the last four years in a row deal in renewable energy.”
RoCo are Derry’s only organic hair salon in that all of the products they make and use are 100 per cent natural.
“Natural ingredients make for better products,” said Ronan.
“From the day and hour we started the business we wanted all of the products we use to be totally natural.
“We launched our own product line before Christmas and they been going really well.
“None of our products are tested on animals and they are in no way detrimental to the environment.”
Environment Minister and SDLP MLA for Foyle, Mark H Durkan congratulated RoCo and added that he was delighted not only to see a local business doing but also “doing good”.
“It’s a tremendous achievement by RoCo to reach this stage. Ronan on Conor have started a business that has gone from strength to strength and they have also show it’s not just about about doing well but intent on doing good.
“They have been involved in many charity fundraising activities over the last few years and they even got me to grow a moustache during Movember,” he joked.
“I would encourage the Derry public to get behind the local business and get voting for them.
“Over the next few weeks I will be asking a lot of people to vote in the up and coming election and I’d like to now encourage people from across the city and beyond to vote for RoCo in recognition of their tremendous community spirit,” said the Minister.
Ronan said voting will commence within the next week and said he would let people know how to register their vote via their Facebook page.
“There will be an article about the awards in this Sunday’s Observer so if anyone wants to have a look, get your hands on the paper but in failing that we will be spreading the message about how to vote via Facebook and Twitter.
“Hopefully with help from the people of Derry we can go one step further this year,” he said.
For more information on RoCo visit their website www.rocohair.co.uk