Owners of two beauty salons in Brentford have landed more than £4,000 in fines for using unlicensed therapists to perform customer treatments.
Brentford Nails and The Nail Salon on Brentford High Street were prosecuted by the council following checks which revealed they were not complying with the terms and conditions of their special treatment licence.
Tin Van Nguyen of Brentford Nails was fined £1857, and Mai-Ly Bui of The Nail Salon was ordered to pay £2410, at the case hearing at Feltham Magistrates Court on June 30.
Last year two nail bars in Harrow were fined after raids uncovered Vietnamese staff not qualified to work in the UK.
Councillor Richard Foote, cabinet member for community protection at the council, said: “People using these salons are putting their health and wellbeing into the hands of the therapists, and have a right to expect treatments to be carried out by competent and qualified staff.
“The licensing regime is there to protect customers from potential serious harm, and we will not hesitate in taking action against those who think the rules don’t apply to them. I’m pleased the court has taken strong action, and I hope it sends a signal to anyone else who puts their own profits above the health, safety and welfare of people.”
During November and December last year the Health and Safety Licensing Team together with Hounslow Policing Team and the Fraud Team carried out unannounced inspections to salons across the borough.
Officers discovered at Brentford Nails the business owner had failed to make a licence application for two staff members, while they found three unlicensed therapists working at The Nail Salon and despite a warning found another unregistered person providing treatments three days later.
According to the council beauty salons must apply for a special treatment licence and a condition of the licence is therapists must be trained and qualified to reduce the risk of injury or infection.