Many of us battle anti ageing and weight loss problems daily and Donna Hipkiss was no different, until she set up Turn Back Time. The ethos of Donna’s company is to improve not only your appearance, but your health and most importantly your confidence. We all know when you feel good about the way you look you feel like you can conquer the world. So what’s Donna’s story? This weeks Women In Business interview reveals all…
Thank you for sharing your Turn back Time story Donna, what inspired you to set the business up?
Well! I actually needed to lose weight myself to get into a bridesmaid for my friends wedding. She was so organised that she brought the dress one year previous…. In that time I had gained weight. I needed to loose a dress size in 6 weeks and it was at this time that I discovered “Non-Surgical Liposuction”. I became so intrigued on what the machine was doing and how it worked, I researched, researched and researched and ended up deciding to set up my own business.
For those readers unfamiliar with Turn Back Time what would you say are the core foundations of your brand?
I am passionate about providing the highest standard of service and products that make people fitter, younger and more healthy, keeping up to date with the latest most exclusive innovations in a warm, friendly and relaxing atmosphere.
How has Turn Back Time grown since you first started the business?
Wow, a great question. I won’t paint a pretty picture when I first started out, it was very, very hard work starting a brand new business from scratch. I worked my little socks off (and still do!) marketing and getting clients in and looking after them to the best of my ability.
Since starting with just the one machine that helped with Fat/Volume Reduction, alot has happened… I sold this machine to get an even better machine something called “Endermologie” a huge investment this was for such a small business, I’ve trained as a CobraFIT coach and run my own fitness classes twice a week, invested in the Venus Freeze machine (So I do Endermologie as well as Radio Frequency) and I trained at Deborah Mitchells salon in the Bee Sting facial and became a heaven stockist too.
I also specialise in helping people pre and post SURGICAL Lipo-suction and I get referrals from one of the top cosmetic surgeons in the UK.
I have also just trained in the Cryopen so I am able to help with even more skin problems and I have recently taken on heavens new “London Brow” I am looking forward to my training with this. I’ve also started to help other businesses who are looking to introduce Radio Frequency to their salons and I put together a 30 min presentation about this and presented at the recent Manchester professional Beauty Show. I was highly honored to be asked to do this.
What have been your biggest struggles since launching?
Definitely right at the beginning I was “ripped off” by a UK company with the first Cavitation and Radio Frequency machine – it was a 6 month battle but I eventually won and got my money back.
And on the flip side, what have been your most memorable achievements
Ooooh….. Most memorable a few actually…..
passing my CobraFIT accreditation….
having my first meeting with one of the top UK Cosmetic Surgeons…
having a mini facial from Deborah Mitchell founder of heaven at the Manchester beauty show…
me speaking on stage at the Manchester Beauty Show…
Oh, and how can I forget purchasing “Vinnie the Venus Van”
Which products are your personal favourites from the Turn Back Time range?
Venus Freeze Facial is AMAZING! and Deborah Mitchell Bee Venom!
What makes Turn Back Time so different from any other similar product/s on the market?
I like to be as different as possible, so I offer only the very best FDA Approved Medical Grade Devices for Body Contouring, Skin Tightening and Wrinkle Reduction and I am very honored to be a heaven skincare stockist and I offer the most unique exercise which will be the next fitness craze of the UK… CobraFIT.
You recently spoke at Pro Beauty in Manchester, will you be at any other trade events or beauty conferences soon?
Yes! I am actually! I will be speaking at the Dublin Professional Beauty Show on the 11th Sunday and Monday 12th October. I am really looking forward to this.
Where can readers see and buy your range?
What are your goals for Turn Back Time over the next few years?
At the moment it is to help as many as possible to look and feel better in what can be this very stressful life that we lead.
If you had one message you could personally pass on to Jessica KG readers what would it be?
Follow your dreams! We have one life do what you enjoy and makes you happy!
So there you have it, Donna’s story of frustration to fruition! It really does go to show that if you are unhappy about something there is only you that can change it, and when you do why not use your experience to help and inspire others? That’s effectively what each and every one of the ladies featured in this Women In Business series have done.
Thank you to Donna and each of the below ladies featured so far. I do hope their stories help inspire you to be the best version of you you can be!