A new business hopes to "breathe some new life" into a town centre court known for its independent businesses.

Nirvana Aesthetics Academy held is grand opening last Saturday on St Andrew’s Court.

St Andrew's Court is already home to businesses including Hayes Travel, Mr Simms Olde Sweet shop.

Vikki Ward built up the empty unit from scratch with the help of her fiancé Andi Walton and will now offer a range of nail, eyelashes treatment and more.

She said: “It's been a dream of mine to open up and establish my own training academy.

“Not only to help breathe some new life in to the town centre but to promote women's self-confidence and wellbeing with all the various treatments and training we will have to offer.

The Bolton News: Amanda Gambo, Aleasha Jones, Vikki Ward, Sarah Campbell at the newly opened Nirvana Aesthetics AcademyAmanda Gambo, Aleasha Jones, Vikki Ward, Sarah Campbell at the newly opened Nirvana Aesthetics Academy (Image: Public)

“It is also to help other people train and learn in this industry so that in the future they too can reach their goals, dreams and potential.”

St Andrew's Court is already home to businesses like Hayes Travel, Mr Simms Olde Sweet shop and others just opposite Crompton Place shopping centre.

Together Vikki and Andi worked for several weeks to transform the empty unit.

It has now been transformed so that every technician will have their own personal rooms and space when with a client.

The Bolton News: Andi Walton and Vikki WardAndi Walton and Vikki Ward (Image: Public)

Vikki herself will be concentrating on aesthetics and training and will be supported by her colleagues Amanda Gambo who specialises in nails, Aleasha Jones with eye lashes and Sarah Campbell with Reiki.

Reiki refers to a Japanese healing art that promotes relaxation, stress reduction and symptom relief to improve overall health and wellbeing.

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Together Vikki and her colleagues hope that their business will prove to be a significant boost to Bolton town centre’s economy, helping to attract more visitors and providing a popular service.

Vikki said: “We hope the academy will be a success, we have worked incredibly hard to get to where we are, and we look forward to welcoming new and existing clients.”

Cllr Kevin Morris says that he hopes other ventures will soon follow suit in the town centre.

He said: " It is encouraging to see in the current climate that this couple are willing to put their time, energy, money and effort into this new venture.

"Hopefully it can encourage more local people to invest in our town centre to increase footfall and bring about new, creative and independent stores which will offer a much wider choice for consumers"

Nirvana Aesthetics Academy will now be open from Monday to Saturday 9am to 5pm and will be open until 8pm on Thursdays.