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Karen Thornalley



Karen Thornalley Founder of expatbusinesswoman.com

Karen an ex-pat herself has succeeded in what is primarily a male dominated industry. Her entrepreneurial spirit makes her a great role model for other young, career-minded females. Without doubt, it is her creativity, her strength of character and her friendly and down-to-earth approach that has ensured Karen her place as one of the leading female Salon Owners in the Midlands today.

With over three decades of industry experience, Karen is a seasoned hairdresser, educator and motivational Director. Trained from the  age of sixteen however with no formal qualifications, Karen took it upon herself to attend college in her own time, achieving the necessary credentials to allow her to move forward.

In 1995 Karen opened her own salon where she further established her reputation as one of the best hairdressers in the area. She built her business from an initial staff of five "I couldn’t envisage a time when we would ever need to re-locate to a building with more floors", to what it is today: "with our own Training Academy.

The training is designed to develop the full potential of all Karen’s team members and enables the Salon to offer, quality services and customer care to clients at all times. Training starts from day one which is clearly demonstrated throughout the entire team, the commitment, loyalty and determination, from the youngest team members through to those in senior positions. “We aim to achieve the ultimate hair experience, with customer care second to none.”

Awards & Achievements: Karen was a National Training Award Winner in 2000, awarded for her excellence in training. In the same year the salon became the first of its kind to receive an Investors in People Award.

Consultancy and education: Karen has been involved in product development, press launches and trends predictions for Wella, over the last 15 years.

Press: All team achievements and events are advertised through local press, raising the profile of the team and the salon. The local community have an increased awareness of Karen’s salons and Karen has written many columns for famous magazines such as ‘Hairdressers Journal’ offering business advice to other salon owners.

Passion: Karen’s extra-special expertise is in training her team whatever their age, or stage in life in preparation for future opportunities. She ensures that all employees gain the necessary qualifications to progress to higher levels and achieve their goals. She encourages development and in return receives a quality service from her team. “I feel that the dedication to performance through people is of paramount importance to the company.”

Karen is especially passionate about the development of the team to achieve excellence.

Fund Raising

Rising money for many charities in the past, Children in Need, local disabled children in need of equipment for sports and PASIC (parents association for seriously ill children) the enjoyment of being able to put smiles on the faces in need.


Karen left her manager running her business in the UK to work with her husband on EXPATMONEY. Helping him to develop the concept for all matters of finance for expatriates living in a jurisdiction with no advice. Building relationships with sector experts, distribution companies and the expat industry. Have now launched their first e magazine and website for the UAE and information on when leaving the UK.

Expat Business Woman

Launching Expat Business Woman, which is a new organisation offering business women an advantage to work together and motivate each other through past experiences and new opportunities, building a platform for international woman to join together. Expat Business woman is about finding information, sharing and giving, working as a team to build stronger relationships in women in business. In the UAE alone, there are thousands of Expat’s working and more and more woman taking an opportunity to find new beginnings, this is where Expat Business Woman and our partners can help.

Be inspired and go for your dreams, steps to success; “Take advice to make sure you get it right, network and learn from others, train yourself and your team to enable you to follow your intuition”

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