Droylsden based Tattoo and beauty Salon, Tropical Palms were awarded for “giving something back to the community” at the recent 2015 Pride of Tameside Business Awards.
Judges at the award ceremony were so impressed with Tropical Palms sense of social responsibility that they introduced a new Special Recognition Award to praise their extensive work in the voluntary sector.
The thriving Droylsden business is run by 32-year-old Wayne Coyle and covers a hair salon, barbers, tattoo studio and beauty and tanning parlour. Wayne, who launched Tropical Palms four years, ago said: “I had a difficult time as a kid growing up, I know what it’s like to have nothing and go through tough times. I think it’s the responsibility of all businesses to not just focus on profit but also see what they can do to help people, provide opportunities and improve the local area. The firm is involved in numerous voluntary projects in the community.
Tropical Palms has worked with Community Voluntary Action Tameside (CVAT) to secure National Lottery funding to provide free haircuts and treatments for the over 60s. They run the sessions, held every other Wednesday, as a social group where isolated and disadvantaged people can also enjoy a cup of tea and a chat. They also works with prisons, the probation service and Youth Offending Team to provide training and work opportunities.
“I’ve worked really hard to build my business, train the people who work there and work in the local community to help others. It means the world to me to receive this recognition for my efforts.”