Arnold beauty store owner persevering after shop saved from brink of closure

Owner Natalee Onyeche pictured at Skin Solace in Market Place, Arnold
Owner Natalee Onyeche pictured at Skin Solace in Market Place, Arnold -Credit:Joseph Raynor/ Nottingham Post

An Arnold businesswoman says she is committed to her shop's future after it was saved from the brink of closure. Natalee Onyeche came close to shutting her beauty product store Skin Solace at Arnold Market Place earlier this month.

The Basford mum-of-three launched a fundraiser in a last-ditch effort to save her business due to the "economic downturn" and a fall in sales. The 44-year-old gave herself until April 14 to save its future, but was pessimistic about its success.

However, after speaking to her bank and "diversifying" her business, Ms Onyeche says her shop will now be able to continue to trade. "I spoke to my bank and got some relief from them," she said.

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"I've recruited a sales team to go out and sell. I've moved into more corporate business, it's been about diversifying my business. I've been getting some good business advice since speaking out, people have come forward with different ideas."

Ms Onyeche also said she had seen an increase in footfall since her appeal. "I've been inundated with messages of support, the shop had an increase in sales," she said.

"I feel very hopeful. I'm committed and persevering through these hard times. I realise there's a lot of businesses struggling, there's going to be peaks and troughs, it's going to be hard.

"Hopefully people will spread the word and support the shop." Ms Onyeche's business, which sells handmade and natural skincare products, has been running since 2016 and opened its store in February last year.

Skin Solace is one of around half a dozen premises situated in the Market Place, with others including CatDog, Taste First, Cleo's Delicatessen and the town's Post Office.