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Beauty is in the eye of the keyholder: tips for keeping your salon secure

*Collaborative post.

 Crime against small businesses costs more than £12 billion annually, but this figure still does not account for the full cost of crime. For salons, in particular, crime is a significant drag on their ability to grow as a business, leads to reputational damage, as well as lost hours and days. Common crimes include robbery, burglary, and employee theft.

If you own or manage a salon, security should be one of your primary concerns. Here are our top tips for keeping your salon secure.

 

Research your employees

 Before hiring a member of staff, make sure you have performed sufficient background checks. This doesn’t mean that you don’t trust them, but you need to ensure that job applicants don’t have a history of theft or other criminal activity. It’s just good sense!

 

 

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Brief your employees

 Once you’ve hired trustworthy employees, make sure that they know the rules and procedures within your salon. Write an employee handbook which lays everything out for them and have regular meetings to discuss security measures. If an employee disregards salon rules (for example, by leaving a door unlocked), make sure you address this problem quickly.

 

Safety in numbers

 Try to avoid a scenario whereby there is only one employee in your salon. A salon with one staff member is a prime target for crime. Ensure that two or more employees work each shift, which will minimise the threat of internal employee theft and decrease the chances of burglary or assault.

 

Monitor the till

 The cash register should be touched by as few people as possible – eliminating the potential for mistakes or theft. Decide whether a salon receptionist will handle cash or another designated employee – they can even work shifts. Money can then be counted by that person at the end of the day, with them documenting the total and informing management.

 

 

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Safety measures

 You can decrease the risk of night-time crime by installing both interior and exterior lighting. Back doors should be locked and bolted, whereas front doors should also have a warning device. Something like a bell can alert the salon when someone enters. CCTV cameras canhelp identify perpetrators in the event of a crime. An alarm system can also prevent or deter late night vandalism or burglary.

 

Cyber-security

 Salon owners often assume that their business is too small to be targeted by cybercriminals. The idea of cyber-crime may not even enter their heads. However, online hackers often view small businesses as easy prey. It’s important to remain vigilant and protect your online activity. Make sure all of the salon’s devices are password or PIN protected, use anti-virus software, electronically backup your salon data, and use two-factor identification.

 

Insure your salon

 Salon insurance is designed to protect your business in the event of an accident or incident. From stock cover, to contents cover, to business interruption costs, salon insurance ensures that your business is not crippled by an unforeseen event.

 

 

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Nickelodeon Land and Pleasure Beach Blackpool Guide

We visited Nickelodeon Land Pleasure Beach Blackpool last week during half term. It was a lot of fun as I previously mentioned in our last travel blog post. We all had a great time. The kiddies loved every bit of it. It is definitely a popular park and once I stepped inside it, I could see why it is loved by many. If you are thinking of visiting Nickelodeon Land Blackpool anytime soon, you may find this guide very useful. I know I read all I could online before our trip because I like knowing what to expect, especially when kids are involved. Surprises are the last thing I need when on holiday with the twins.

 

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Nickelodeon Land Pleasure Beach Blackpool Opening Times

The Pleasure Beach Theme Park opens 10am and closes 7pm everyday. Nickelodeon Land Park opens at 10am and closes at 6pm everyday. The opening times are subject to change depending on the time of the year so it is wise to check on their website to confirm the opening times for the day you plan to visit.

 

Nickelodeon Land Pleasure Beach Blackpool Ticket Prices

Here are the current prices as at time of writing –

  • Tickets for Adults £39.00
  • Tickets for Children aged 11 years and under £33.00
  • Pleasure Beach Pass (No rides with this pass) £10.00

 

You can get cheaper tickets if you book online well in advance. We booked ours online a week in advance and got the tickets posted to our home address. This a cheaper and faster option as we didn’t have to wait in the line (the line was so long) to collect our tickets.

The online discount tickets can be booked in advance up to midnight the day before your visit. This will reduce the cost of your trip down to £28 for adults and £26 for kids under 11 years. Also, you can get a further £3 off your ticket if you visit Monday to Friday during the Off Peak Season.

 

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Check In

Check in was very fast. We beat the queues thanks to having our tickets delivered to us so it was a smooth entrance. The bags were checked and it took about 5 mins for us 4 to be scanned in.

 

The Rides

The Nickelodeon Land rides are about 5 minutes walk from the entrance but we got on many rides in Pleasure Beach before heading that way. We got on so many rides that we lost track of how many we got on. There are rides for everyone. Many are subject to height restrictions so always best to check before you join the queues. We loved The Big Circus Bounce, Alice in Wonderland, The Blue Flyer, and The Avalanche so much!

 

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Food Food Food

There are so many restaurants, food stalls, and cafes available in here. You would be spoilt for choice. Starbucks, Costa, and so many more! We had some hot dogs at lunch time and we enjoyed them.

 

Clean Toilets

This is the first busy theme park I have seen with clean toilets. Usually, by mid day, toilets are usually a mess but not this park. The toilets were clean throughout the day and there were many available all over the park.

 

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We had an amazing time here and I know we will be back for sure. The twins had a great half term break thanks to Nickelodeon Land Pleasure Beach Blackpool and Hampton by Hilton. Memories were made and for that we are forever grateful. If you are in search of a great theme park to explore, I strongly recommend this one. It was so much fun and a beauty to behold. Definitely Instagram worthy.

 

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Have you visited Nickelodeon Land Pleasure Beach Blackpool? What are your thoughts?

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