JADE Goody’s former business partner has said the growing success of her two beauty salons will be a lasting tribute to her life.

Julie Morris said the tragic reality TV star’s last words to her were “just earn money” and that business at Femme Fatel and Homme Fatel, in Loughton, was continuing as she would have wanted it.

Ms Morris ran the two beauty salons jointly with Ms Goody but bought them out in full before the star lost her battle with cancer in March this year.

She said: “She was very well liked and very good for the business. She was always there, it didn’t matter what you wanted. It was very valuable in terms of the extra media coverage. It was busy before, but her name being around helped.”

Ms Morris set up Femme Fatel, in Station Road, Loughton in 2001, with Ms Goody later buying in as a business partner.

In February this year hundreds of people marched through Loughton in support of Jade for a charity run beginning from the salon.

Following the success of their first salon, Ms Morris and Ms Goody set up men’s grooming salon Homme Fatel, in 2008, with the Big Brother star often popping in to the venue, at Loughton station, even lending a hand with treatments.

“She was in here working,” said Ms Morris. “She covered holidays, and things like that- she was a qualified beautician. And we had meetings about the business.

“I think given the circumstances we realise now how much we miss her. The best tribute would be to be even more successful.”