Thursday evening saw the Tees Valley business community come together to celebrate outstanding leading women from the region with their second Tees Businesswomen Awards 2019, where Additional Lengths owner, Victoria Lynch, scooped the SME of the Year.
Starting Additional Lengths from her bedroom in 2003, Victoria Lynch is a hair extensionist first and has used her skills to build her business and develop hair extensions into a £7m business in the heart of Stockton. Additional Lengths distributes hair extensions and other hair products all around the world with a small team, 95% of which are women. Creating the luxury hair extension brand, Remi Cachet, enabled Victoria to reach new stylists and she is proud of how this has grown organically and from stylists recommending the hair for its quality. They strive to bring innovative products to market and recognising the need for greater eco credentials, the brand has introduced hair recycling and 100% recyclable packaging to new launches.
Talking after her win, Victoria thanked her management team who had nominated her originally and continued “I love the fact that this is recognising women. I feel, from a professional level, men get a lot of recognition as business leaders, and women have the fight and determination to actually be here, be on that stage and operate some really good businesses. I think this is brilliant to champion women whatever their business sector.”
An avid campaigner for the local high street to support the Additional Lengths shop and separate salon, Victoria works on The Stockton Bid, as well as campaigning for higher standards within the hair extension industry.
Victoria was also runner up for the Business of the Year award at the luxury Wynard Hall night, joined by her team.