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Business Profile: Gina Battye (Quartz Services)

Gina Battye - Managing Director of Quartz Services

Current Job Position?  Nutrition Advisor and Managing Director of Quartz Services. 
Best thing about your job?  Working with people on what they eat to help them achieve something that changes their lives. Being able to help people to get more energy and the spring back in their step is a fabulous feeling.
Worst thing about your Job? Early mornings! I don’t like the feeling of getting up very early yet find it is very productive when I do. 
Favourite Restaurant in Huddersfield?  Thai Sakon. They have amazing food, the atmosphere is great and the staff are very helpful and attentive. 
Your best achievement?  I don’t measure progress by achievement. I have achieved lots in my life so far but I don’t tend to talk about it. I like to stay grounded and in touch with who I am and what I am here to do. I will say, my mum is the most proud of me for being an individual and doing what I love to do. 
Interest and Hobbies? I like going off in our camper van and pulling up in the middle of nowhere to look at the scenery and drink tea. I love walking (hill walking especially), cycling and generally being active and outdoors. I like tai chi and focus on taking it easy after a day’s work. I play electric guitar loudly (when no one is in…). I take care of my tortoise and 3 cats when I am in the house. I love to read and expand my knowledge. I am passionate about crystals and have collected a lot over the years. I enjoy spending time with my loved ones and going off for day trips somewhere where there are good things to look at and appreciate. 
What do you value most about being a member of a networking group? The chance to meet up and chat with friendly, local people who offer great services.

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Quartz Services 


I stepped into the nutrition business after a bout of IBS. I was suffering quite badly from this a few years ago; I didn’t eat regularly and ate badly when I did. This was clearly taking its toll on my body so I decided I needed to do something about it. I changed my whole diet and lifestyle as a result.

I went through a long journey and process of changing what I eat and how I eat. It was all self-directed so I made sure what I did was simple so I would stick to it. These changes had a huge impact on my health; I felt great and my IBS wasn’t noticeable anymore.

I have learnt a lot about nutrition, fitness and health throughout my journey and decided that I wanted to share my knowledge and experience with others. What we eat and put into our bodies impacts directly on how we feel, our health and our wellbeing.

I work with individuals, groups, schools, organisations and the local community to help them to learn how to eat healthier and change their lifestyles. I help people to boost their energy levels, look and feel great, sleep well, be more confident, live longer, eat healthier and get the spring back into their step.

The group nutrition programmes are very popular at this time of year. I am running the group nutrition programme, Launch Nutrition, in Huddersfield at the moment. For more information about this and to see what I can offer you, visit:

In my spare time I like to relax and unwind with family and friends. This usually takes me to unexpected and unexplored places which I love. I like to cook, to eat (which I do frequently these days) and to watch other people cook. I like to keep active and to get fresh air into my lungs daily. This might be through walking, cycling or pottering around; all of which keep me smiling.


Business Profile: Maxine Stead (Alexandra House Spa)

Maxine Stead - Owner of Alexandra House Spa

First Job? Washing up in a local pub for £1 an hour!
Current job position? Owner, Alexandra House Health Spa in Huddersfield.
Best thing about your job? Working in a happy, positive environment, giving people time and space to relax. Seeing people arrive stressed and leave by floating out on air.
The worst thing about your job? Paying my VAT bill.
Your favourite restaurant in Huddersfield? Thai Sakon
Your best achievement? Giving up a well-paid career in cancer research to set up a business in an area in which I had no experience just as the country went into recession – and still being here 4 years later and still growing.
What do you value most about being a member of a network group? Peer support and meeting like-minded people, many of whom have become friends, which has been a real bonus.
Interest and hobbies? I practice Iyengar yoga every week, enjoy going to gym classes, love travelling, practice meditation, and of course shopping!


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Maxine SteadAlexHouseSpa

Alexandra House Spa


Age: 40

Lives in: Liversedge, divorced, no kids

Qualifications: Degree in Pharmacology and Physiology, PhD in Quality of Life in Cancer, Indian Head Massage, Reiki level 2

Previous jobs: Project Manager in cancer research, working mainly within the NHS to coordinate research across the country as part of a huge government-funded project.

Spa history: Set up spa in 2007 with 2 staff, now employ 7 people. Awarded 4 Bubbles (equivalent to 4 star hotel rating) by the Good Spa Guide in 2010. Won a few local awards too. Spa has 4 treatment rooms and 3 relaxation rooms. Offers individual treatments or longer pampering packages. Treatments include massage, facials, reflexology, reiki, body wraps, hot stone massage, Indian head massage, Hopi ear candles.

Goals: After leaving the political and negative environment of the NHS, setting up the spa and going through a painful divorce, I’ve found myself on a spiritual path and now try to live life with a more positive attitude. I really try and live in the present moment. As a result I feel much calmer and happier in life. At the spa I’m hoping to share my experiences and help other people change their lives too.


Good Spa Guide, Awarded 4 Bubbles, Said These holistic treatment rooms, tucked away in a Victorian mansion house, have a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Knowledgeable staff, effective treatments, gorgeous Karin Herzog products, and some of the best cake we’ve ever eaten. A slice of heaven just off the M62. No wonder Sedate Spy didn’t want to leave.

Won Eaton Smith ‘Business of the Month Award’ for February 2011 followed by being Runner Up in their Annual Awards in July 2011.

The spa  was placed 22nd in the top 30 Most Inspiring Spas 2011 by industry magazine Professional Beauty. It is the first time that Alexandra House has appeared in the list, which highlights the spa businesses that most impress and influence the industry.

We’re going to be celebrating our 4 year anniversary in September and to celebrate we’re offering the following package:

Anniversary Pampering – Robe, slippers, drinks, cakes, two 30-minute treatments for £49. Not to be used in conjunction with any other offers. Bookings for Tuesday-Fridays until 14 October 2011.