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Thursday, 23 October 2014

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New salon cuts it thanks to location and flexible hours

A NEW salon has seen huge success since it opened just over a month ago.

Sue Gabbert officially unveiled her Personal Touch salon to the Millom public at the end of April, taking over the former I Spy florists in St George’s Terrace.

Since then, the business has started to become established in the community and now employs a total of four people, including Mrs Gabbert.

The 48-year-old, of Festival Road, Millom, explained she had worked in administrative roles throughout her working life until four years ago when she embarked on a career change.

“Having done various nail and beauty courses, I started out as a self-employed beautician which has now turned into a very busy business and has given me the opportunity to purchase my own salon,” the mother-of-three said.

An open day held at the end of April helped to generate interest in the salon and now Mrs Gabbert is working long hours.

She said: “The response has been incredible. I’m currently working between 11-12 hours a day to keep up with demand for appointments. The hairdressers are extremely busy as well and I’m currently booked up until June 17.”

The salon’s success so far can be put down to a number of factors, Mrs Gabbert explained.

“I think we’re doing so well because we are in a prime location street wise – the terrace is now one of the main shopping streets in Millom and we are all flexible with our working hours, often working until 8pm and 9pm, meaning people don’t have to wait until the weekend for an appointment if they work.”

Despite not receiving any support in the form of a grant, Mrs Gabbert was quick to praise some of the businesses which have been involved in the launch of Personal Touch.

She added: “We used all local businesses from Millom to support us, which included builder Joe Nuttall and his very efficient and hard working team, a local painter and decorator, Lakeland Blinds, Pilgrim Designs and Williams Flooring.”

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