AN entrepreneur has expanded her successful boutique and created more jobs - just three years after first going into business.
Abi Herbert, 26, from Greatham in Hartlepool, had an ambition to be a hair stylist since she was a child.
She backed her dreams up by training in the profession and learning the trade.
And when the chance came to move into her own unit, she jumped at it.
Now, in just three years and four months, she has moved into the bigger shop next door on Front Street in Greatham, and has been joined by beautician Suzie Heslop who has started an upstairs beauty room.
It’s been an exciting journey into business for Abi who has also taken on three extra staff. The former Brierton area resident who has lived in Greatham for 16 years, said: “This is what I have always wanted to do.”
Abi, who attended Greatham Primary School and Manor College of Technology in Hartlepool, then went to Saks College in Middlesbrough before training at Saks in Hartlepool.
She said: “I worked in a couple of hairdressers and did mobile work and then I got my own place in Greatham. I thought it would be a good little business.”
She admitted it was a daunting prospect at first but she added: “It was the only business of its type around here and I know my job. I love it.”
It all started with just Abi and colleague Jodie Richardson and Abi admitted: “We were really busy.”
The chance came to move into bigger premises and now the salon, called The Little Hair & Beauty Boutique has a second stylist as well as Abi, an apprentice, beautician and Saturday girl.
New beautician Suzie joined the set-up this week and Abi added: “I am excited about expanding.”
The business has a strong clientele which is a mix of villagers including the elderly, people from the Middlesbrough area as well as people from across the North East who are attracted to the village because it’s pretty and the parking is free, said Abi.
Her part of the new set-up offers “all aspects of hairdressing, cuts, colours and mens’ hair” as well as the beauty section which offers facials, massages and nails.
Abi believes both aspects of the business can benefit from the expansion as people having their hair done may want to take up beauty treatments.