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Start-Up Story: Spa Renaissance and Training

My name is Heidi Grimwood and I am the owner of Spa Renaissance and Training. With over 17 years in the Spa and Wellness Industry, I have gained worldwide recognition for my comprehensive expertise working in award winning spas, including cruise ships like the QE2, Maldives and Aghadoe Heights Hotel and Spa.

Since the downturn of the economy in Ireland tourism has been one of the industries which has been hardest hit, with a combination of falling currencies discouraging international business and dramatically reduced salaries discouraging national business. Many hotels have been taken over by NAMA and the daily deal websites are drastically reducing prices, it has created a price war for many products and services. There is mixed opinion about the effect of both NAMA and daily deal websites, but one certain fact is that hotel spas all around Ireland have struggled to just break even for quite some time.

Train, learn and develop

With few people moving on from their current job, there is little opportunity for spa staff to further train, learn and develop. Using the experience I have gained working in Ireland and around the world, I have devised spa management mentor programmes. I am a hands on mentor where I roll my sleeves up and work hands on with the spa manager and team to help them get the best out of their staff and business.

There are huge possibilities within the spa industry, with effective training and development we have the opportunity to increase spa tourism and make Ireland a world leader in the industry once again.

Spa Renaissance and Training

My vision is to utilize my training courses within the training and employment industry of Ireland as well as within hospitality courses so training hotel managers gain a strong financial insight into an area of their business that they are usually not trained in.

Written by Heidi Grimwood. For more information visit

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