Professional, award winning pet stylists in the heart of Hastings town.
Meet the team
The Gillsmans dog grooming team, headed up by award winning owner Nikki Scott.
Nikki Scott - L.C.G.I, M.C.G
Nikki is the owner and head groomer and Instructor at Gillsmans dog grooming salon with over 15 years experience within the industry.
Nikki has completed the 7750 and completed her level 3 diploma. She has also been awarded a L.C.G.I in dog grooming and has completed the higher level 4 in dog grooming.
In March 2017, Nikki qualified for her master craftsmanship in dog grooming (M.C.G). She also holds a level 3 higher learning certificate and an animal first aid certification.
Nikki is passionate about dogs. She lived with dogs all her life and is a very experienced handler.
From the age of 3 Nikki has had a close connection to dogs, especially terriers. Nikki was bought up with Westie’s and bred litters within the family home at a very young age and her best friend dice her Staffordshire ball terrier who left paw prints on her heart forever.
Nikki owns 4 dogs douglas a buff American cocker that can be seen hanging around the salon he’s lightly shown and competed at grooming shows. Denver a black American cocker that Nikki shows at championship level and has qualified for crufts the last two years. Boris a lakeland terrier that has been shown and regularly competed at grooming shows throughout the country. Lastly luna the labrador who is the sweetest natured girl that likes the more laid back kinda life style.
Nikki attends as many grooming competitions as she can.
Nikki is very passionate about her job “it’s not a job, it’s my life”.
- 1st place master groom canada open workshop
- 2nd place champion workshop at Mastergroom International
- 2nd place – gundog handstrip grooming show summer spin off 2019
- 2nd place – terrier and gundog clipped class grooming show summer spin off
- 3rd place – the grooming show 2020 gundog handstrip
2nd place in gundog handstrip at the grooming show 2019
1st in experience crossbreed work shop at the English groomers challenge 2018
1st in advance clipped terrier at the English groomers challenge 2018
2nd at Premier groom in the pure breed workshop 2018
Overall best advanced groomer at the English groomers challenge 2018
Overall best experienced groomer at the English groomers challenge 2018
Best transformation at the English groomers challenge 2018
The people choice award at the English groomers challenge 2018
Best in show at the English groomers challenge 2018
1st gundog hand strip at master groom 2018
1st in the clipped terrier and gundog class at the grooming show 2018
1st in the clipped terrier and schnauzer at the British dog grooming championships
3rd in the clip terrier class at the Grooming show 2017
1st in the experienced hand strip at the English groomer challenge 2017
2nd place in the open pedigree workshop at strictly come grooming 2017.
Kirsty Ann Cassie
Kirsty has been working with dogs for many years as a kennel assistant and manager and decided to retrain as a dog groomer.
She has a real passion for dogs, growing up with Yorkshire terriers within the family home and has a real love for her little elderly boy scruffy.
Kirsty holds a level 3 in dog grooming which she passed with distinction. She also is level 3 qualified in k9 CPR first aid.
To add to her impressive list, she also has an extended diploma in animal management which she passed with a triple distinction.
Kirsty had a real flare for grooming. I’m excited to watch her grow as she has a real love and passion for it.
- Best finish at the English groomers challenge 2019
- 2nd in the novis newcomer hand strip class at the English groomers challenge 2018
- Special recognition award at the English groomers challenge 2018.
Groomer and tutoring assistant
Ellie has worked within the animal industry for a good few years! Since she was young she has worked in a small salon helping out bathing and blow drying dogs, from that Saturday job Ellie knew grooming was the career for her.
Ellie then worked in a large grooming chain to gain some more experience.
She realised that a larger grooming chain wasn’t for her and that she wanted to gain her qualifications which would widen her options.
Ellie has achieved her level 2 & 3 City and guilds and was taught and assessed by Nikki at Gillsmans Grooming academy. She showed such excellent progress through her course and never left! Ellie also holds a level 3 OCN K9 first aid qualification. Ellie owns a French bull dog Louie and Marley the golden doodle. Ellie’s infectious personality makes clients and students feel so welcome.