Vita Group founder and CEO Maxine Horne

Artisan Aesthetic Salons has celebrated its first Birthday with the opening of its 10th branded salon in Australia.

Officially launched by the Vita Group last November, Artisan now has 17 clinics (ten branded and seven non-branded) across four states – and has already treated more than 32,000 clients.

The company’s newest clinic, located in the leafy Brisbane suburb of Bulimba, offers Artisan’s full range treatments including “holistic skin and body treatments, laser and light therapies, and cosmetic injectables”.

Vita Group founder and CEO Maxine Horne said the ASX-listed company was excited to welcome Artisan Bulimba to the family.

“We have a team of very talented clinicians and client care specialists who will bring a range of amazing treatments to the Bulimba community ‒ all aimed at delivering a very natural, holistic solution to those wanting to take care of their skin.”

Since launching its first Artisan Aesthetics Clinic, the Vita Group has expanded its network of clinics through a combination of greenfield clinics and acquisitions.

The group, which is aiming to increase its national network to 70-90 clinics in the next five years, currently has 11 clinics in Queensland, two in NSW, three in the ACT and one in Victoria.

Artisan’s 1st Birthday celebrations and opening of its 10th branded salon coincided with  Horne being named Brisbane’s ‘Business Person of the Year’ at the Lord Mayor’s 2019 Business Awards.

Since arriving in Brisbane, starting a business in 1993 and then founding the Vita Group in 1995, Horne has taken the business from a single store to a multi-channel ASX listed retailer generating revenues of $753.7 million in the last financial year.

Apart from the 17 Artisan Aesthetic clinics, today the group also owns more than 100 Telstra stores, B2B accessories brand Sprout and three SQD Athletica stores.

In addition, Vita’s philanthropic arm, the Vita Foundation, has donated more than $1.6 million to charities nationally, including its hero charity Brisbane-based ‘Act for Kids’, since its formation in 2016

Horne said she was surprised and delighted by the win.

“They say that Australia is the lucky country and for me it really has been the land of opportunity,” she said.

“I feel so fortunate to have landed in Brisbane back in 1992, as the tight knit community here has always been a huge advantage when it comes to building a business.

“There really is no other city I would rather live in and grow Vita Group from.”

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