Cosmetics company Avon will be visiting Newcastle city centre in its distinctive ‘Beauty Bus’ today and tomorrow in a bid to generate interest in and explain its self-employment model.
The group has launched a nationwide employment drive and is currently touring the country, inviting potential sales people on the vehicle and demonstrating how they can set up their own businesses with minimal risk, surrounded by mentors who have already done it for themselves.
Among those to get involved locally will be County Durham woman Marsha Barras, who, after starting her Avon business in July 2010, became the company’s fastest sales leader to reach executive level in UK history, taking just 18 weeks.
A former civil servant, Barras took up the role after a career break when her children were young. She now earns around twice her civil service salary, has a team of 600 beneath her and boasts a turnover of over £1m.
“Avon is such an iconic brand and a fantastic career opportunity for everyone, particularly mothers,” she said.
“You receive the best training and support and I love that I can work flexible hours that fit in around my children”
Linda Clayton-Evans, UK director of sales at Avon, added: “The joy of the Avon business opportunity is that anyone can set up a business, no matter their experience or location.”
The bus will be at Northumberland Street North today and at Grainger Street tomorrow.