£500,000 expansion for Co Down day spa
A Co Down day spa that began in a rented room just three years ago has expanded into 3,500 sq ft premises to enable it to cope with demand.
Lisa McCrink, who trained in health, beauty and wellness treatments alongside a 15-year career in the corporate sector, has invested around £500,000 in her business, the award-winning Zen Day Spa at River Street in Newry.
The new 10 treatment room spa, which also houses a yoga studio, skin clinic, relaxation areas and an events suite, has been selected by leading Cardiff-based aesthetics company Advanced Esthetics Solutions to be the first clinic in Northern Ireland to offer its facial rejuvenation technology Divine Pro.
The cutting-edge personalised technology, which offers a pyramid facelift among its treatments, is considered by experts as an effective alternative to injectables such as botox without the need to use invasive surgery and is used by celebrities including Denise Van Outen.
Ms McCrink said: "It's an exciting time for us at Zen Day Spa as we embark on a new era, after buying new premises adjacent to where we have operated from since 2016 and carrying out a building project which has trebled our size and dramatically increased the number of clients we can welcome.
"Health and wellness is a very fast-moving industry and we work hard to keep up with customer demand for results-driven new treatments.
"We want to be a leader in spa industry so to be chosen to be the first salon in Northern Ireland to offer the advanced new Divine Pro treatment is fantastic for us and our clients."
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According to a PWC report, total spending on healthcare, wellness and fitness industry is set to reach £209bn in the UK by next year and there are plans for Zen to grow its share of that market with a target to increase revenue by 350% in the next five years.
Ms McCrink explained: "The purpose of wellbeing is at the heart of the business for both clients and employees and building a successful business in Newry is something I'm passionate about.
"We have seen huge demand from people in the local area and much further away for our treatments and services which include beauty, spa, advanced skin care, non-invasive aesthetics and wellness events."
Ms McCrink said she has been supported by the Northern Ireland Small Business Fund.