About Gillsmans Grooming Co Hastings

Gillsmans Grooming Co




Professional, award winning pet stylists in the heart of Hastings town.

The Gillsmans dog grooming team, headed up by award winning owner Nikki Scott.

Gillsmans is one of a very few dog grooming salons to hold a licentiateship in dog grooming.

Nikki Scott award winning dog groomer


Nikki Scott – L.C.G.I, M.C.G

Nikki Scott Hastings Dog Groomer

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.

LCFrom 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 Ann Cassie Dog Groomer Hastings
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

Special recognition award at the English groomers challenge 2018

2nd in the novis newcomer hand strip class at the English groomers challenge 2018



Dog groomer Hastinga Carla
After doing her city & guilds full qualifications Carla showed such amazing progress & talent that she would be such an asset to Gillsmans Grooming Co, we just couldn’t let her go!

Carla is such a kind and patient groomer showing such empathy. She is extremely welcoming to all two & four legged friends.

She also loves to clean and ensures the salon is spick & span at all times, if she’s not grooming a dog she’ll be cleaning something!!

Carla holds city & guilds level 2 & level 3 qualification in dogs grooming and also a animal first aid.

Junior grooming assistant 


Finlea Gillsmans Grooming Co
Finlea plays a huge part of the grooming team here at Gillsmans, always on hand to help with the tricky dogs that just need an extra pair of calm and kind hands.

Finlea is the most thorough grooming assistant ensuring dogs are prepped to the highest of standards for our groomers.

The best part of her job is introducing puppies to the grooming environment, lots of cuddles and reassurance during the process, Finlea has this very calm demeanour that really settles anxious young puppies.

She has been working as a grooming assistant with Gillsmans Grooming Co for the last two years and has recently just started studying for her level 3 diploma.

She is showing excellent potential to be a fantastic groomer, is a very valid part of our team and has a bright future ahead.



We are always happy to answer your questions, please do not hesitate to contact us. If you are ready to book please contact the salon.