The Long Road to Champneys: The Extraordinary Life of a Pioneering Spa Queen

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Infinite Ideas, Dec 1, 2010 - Businesswomen - 256 pages
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How does a girl from an impoverished background becomeone of the world's most influential spa operators?Dorothy Purdew is the entrepreneurial force behindChampneys, an empire employing over 2000 people and oneof the most iconic brands in the world. The Champneys spagroup is the culmination of over forty years' worth ofdedication, work ......
 

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Contents

1 Early years
1
2 A middleclass life
13
3 A nation at war
24
4 Country life and city bunkers
36
5 Earning a crust and first love
50
6 Shes leaving home
63
7 Family life
80
8 The birth of WeightGuard
93
11 Looking after the pennies
138
12 The circle of life
156
13 A Springs stake and a learning curve
171
14 Forest Mere opens
188
15 Champneys at last
204
16 The rollercoaster of life
217
17 The fickle hand of fate
231
Index
240

9 Fraught times at Frimleys
104
10 Hard graft at Henlow Grange
121

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