Abi has taken Spabreaks.com from a two person business in 2008 to 80 members of staff today (the majority of which are women), with a strong focus on ensuring that all employees feel appreciated and have the chance to progress in their career. She recently opened a second call centre in Brighton to encourage more women to be able to be able to return to work. This shows in the company’s near perfect 4.8 score on Glassdoor. Abi has won numerous awards since launching Spabreaks.com 11 years ago including the European Business Award for Leading Woman in Business for Inclusivity and Diversification, the First Women in Travel and Leisure Award in June 2017, and she won the Natwest and Everywoman Female Entrepreneur of the Year in November 2017. Abi works with a number of women within her industry to improve opportunities for women and to help improve women’s work opportunities, as well as their confidence, health and wellbeing. She has also recently joined the board of the CEW. She pioneered Recovery Retreats for people with cancer in 2008, working alongside other leading women in the spa industry has broken down prejudicial barriers against cancer patients and other individuals in spas.
Abi Wright launched Spabreaks.com in 2008. Her aim, to change the perception of spas from purely hair and nails to highlight their role in health, wellbeing and body confidence; making them more accessible, and opening up the industry where people had been marginalised before i.e. Cancer and Disability. Today she has a culturally diverse team of 85+, was number two in the Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 in 2012, won numerous awards relating to her role in diversification and inclusivity in the workplace and has taken turnover from £250k to £20m+ in 2016. The London based call centre hopes to attract more women into a male dominated world of sales and as a result her skilled senior management team is 98% female. In 2017 the company introduced its first female apprentice, and she has recently introduced a part-time home working programme for parents wanting flexibility.