An entrepreneur from Oxford has been nominated for a prestigious national business award.

Anne Vec has been shortlisted for the Innovation of the Year at HJ's British Hairdressing Business Awards.

Anne managed two successful hair salons in Oxford and Bicester for over 30 years and has been shortlisted for her initiative, SALON RE:SOURCE, which is a free sustainable salon toolkit for greener hairdressing.

The SALON RE:SOURCE is a comprehensive toolkit with practical information, recommendations, and resources to reduce carbon emissions from salons.

She said: “I’m thrilled to reach the finals and it's amazing to witness the impact of SALON RE:SOURCE.

"Seeing my idea come to life and positively influence others has been incredibly rewarding.

“Hairdressing salons and barber shops use huge amounts of energy, water, plastic, and chemicals and produce large amounts of waste, too.

"UK salons on their own produce roughly the same volume of carbon emissions as a small country.

"On the plus side, that means we have the potential to have a big, positive impact if we do things differently.”

Jayne Lewis-Orr, executive director of the British Hairdressing Business Awards, added: "The awards celebrate the talented and passionate businesses and individuals who contribute to the greatness of British hairdressing.

"Once again, our judging panel faced an outstanding group of candidates.

"For a place on the Innovation of the Year shortlist, finalists must illustrate how they've realised their vision with a fresh and captivating hairdressing concept.

"Anne should take pride in being acknowledged for her perseverance, entrepreneurial drive and industry contribution."

The winners of the awards will be announced at the 25th British Hairdressing Business Awards on July 1 at Park Plaza Westminster Bridge in London.

A total of 17 trophies will be awarded, recognising excellence in various categories such as best team, outstanding customer care, and salon design.