A MUM is bucking the unemployment trend after taking on two staff to set up a new fashion and beauty business.
Vikki Ryan says the Vikki Ryan Salon and Boutique will provide everything a girl needs to look good – from tanning, nails and hair-styling to one-off clothes hand-made by herself.
The 26-year-old designer says having a hairdresser, beautician and a boutique under one roof is a unique concept to Hartlepool.
After unemployment figures revealed Hartlepool has the joint second highest number of benefit claimants in the country, she added: “I think it’s nice to bring a new business to Hartlepool.
“There’s nothing like it in town, nothing with everything under one roof.
“I’m really lucky to be able to set up this business despite the current unemployment situation.”
Vikki studied a two-year degree in fashion at Cleveland College of Art and Design before having her five-year-old son, Braydon Close.
After becoming a mum, she did not have time for to indulge her love of fashion or to travel to fulfil her design dream. So she decided to do a hair extension course.
She has joined forces with beautician Chani Nicholson, who will provide tanning, nails, waxing, tinting and massages, and Katrena Parkinson, who will be styling hair.
Vikki, who is also mum to two-year-old Ciera Close and has a 30-year-old partner called Andrew Close, who is a welder, got help from Jobsmart, in Hartlepool, and did an InBiz business course.
She is renting the premises in Lister Street from a relative.
Vikki, a former Manor College of Technology student who has been interested in designing since she was a young girl, will be making one-off dresses and eveningwear for sale in the shop.