C. K. Kumaravel
Destined to be an entrepreneur with a difference, Mr C. K. Kumaravel is the co-founder of Groom India Salon & Spa Pvt Ltd, the brand that owns India’s No 1 salon chain Naturals. The first Naturals salon was started in 2000 by his wife, Ms K Veena, and the brand now has 600 + salons across India and has been hailed as a game changer in the salon and franchising industry. What gives him immense happiness today is not the magical number of salons, but the fact that Naturals has created 400 women franchise partners, trained over 10,000 staffs and serviced 40+ lakh happy customers in the last 18 years. CKK believes in the power of women and encourages them to be financially independent and has a dream to eradicate the word ‘housewife’ from the English dictionary.
In fact, CKK and Veena have redefined and revolutionized the salon and franchising industry by constantly innovating and offering services that delight customers. They have recently started the Naturals Training Academy which will function as a launch pad for young people looking to make a mark in the beauty industry.
It is C. K. Kumaravel’s fervent belief that women are just as capable as men in the business world and all they require is a small push to start them off as entrepreneurs and a little guidance in the initial stages of business, which Naturals is more than happy to provide. The brand vision is to create 3,000 salons, 1,000 successful women entrepreneurs and 50,000 job opportunities by the year 2020.
Naturals is today India’s No.1 salon chain and the dream is to make it the world’s No.1 salon brand in the near future. Over the last few years, CKK is a speaker at various forums and enjoys motivating students and youth of our country to take up entrepreneurship.
Some of the awards received by the brand:
INDIA’S FAVORITE SALON BY NDTV – Hindu Lifestyle Awards.BEST NATIONAL
SALON CHAIN OF THE YEAR – Salon International.
BEST SALON CHAIN – Schwarzkopf professional Estetica Hair couture awards.
SALON CHAIN OF THE YEAR – Indian Salon Congress.
WOMEN ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR – Entrepreneur India
MOST ADMIRED RETAILER HEALTH & WELLNESS – India Retail Forum.
BEST FRANCHISER IN THE BEAUTY AND WELLNESS – Franchise India.
MOST ADMIRED SALON – Estetica Magazine.
WOMEN ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR – Franchise India,
MOST ADMIRED RETAILER OF THE YEAR, HEALTH AND BEAUTY SERVICES – Images
BEST IN CATEGORY BEAUTY AIDS & SALONS – Franchise India.
BEST SOUTHERN REGION EMERGING ENTREPRENEUR AWARD – CII.
BRANDS ACHIEVER NATIONAL BUSINESS & SERVICE LEADERS AWARDS – Brands Achievers, Delhi.
BEST SALON OF THE YEAR – I Diva Salon Awards, Research Poll
ANNUAL WOMEN ACHIEVERS AWARD – Raindrops
GATEWAY TO BEAUTY (SOUTH) – We Awards
WOMEN ACHIEVERS – Rotary International
INSPIRING CHANGE IN WOMEN ENTREPRENEURSHIP – Pink Power Award
BEST ENTREPRENEUR AWARD – Saveetha Engineering College