Former professional footballer Peter Holmes has swapped his boots for beauty to score a winning new career as owner of the luxury Dermaspa clinic in MK, writes Jon Boyle.
The ex Sheffield Wednesday and Luton midfielder – who starred for the Hatters in the Championship and played for England Under 18s – has made such a success of Dermaspa with wife Nilam over the last decade that top celebrities from across the world come for treatments at the tranquil Brooklands-based clinic.
Peter told Celebrate:MK: “My wife Nilam has a fantastic reputation in this industry and together we built the worldwide brand HD Brows, alongside Dermaspa.
“She has a vast knowledge of beauty, anti-ageing, skin and makeup cosmetics and regularly travels the world to offer her expertise to clients.
“The recent decision for us to exit HD Brows was a difficult one, especially when we dedicated 10 years creating a brand from nothing.
“But Dermaspa is our main focus now amongst other projects.
“We are fortunate enough to call a number of wellknown media faces clients, such as Amanda Holden, Nicole Sherzinger, Emeli Sande, Little Mix and Christine Bleakley. It suits them because we are out of the way, we offer
everything under one roof and we provide an oustanding service so they enjoy coming.
“The public obviously see them around our MK clinic but we treat everyone the same.
“It’s funny because we’re probably more well known by people outside of MK even though we have been here for years – a lot of local people don’t even know this development is here. We’ve done well through word of mouth and reputation alone.”
Peter’s new career path has raised a few eyebrows among his old team-mates, but he is still keeping his hand in football by working parttime as assistant manager at non-league Hayes & Yeading United FC.
He explained: “It definitely wasn’t the path I thought I would take either but this is a multi-million pound industry and a very competitive one too.
“It has enabled me to learn a lot about business including marketing, sales, exhibitions, products and finances.
“It will never replace kicking a ball around for a living but there are few jobs that would.
“But my old Luton teammate Paul Hughes asked me to come and do some coaching with him at Hayes & Yeading, which I do on Tuesdays and Saturdays. It’s nice to get away from here at times and go back into what I’m used to.”