Three Hartlepool hairdressers who were suddenly made redundant are back doing the job they love – and are now their own bosses.
The three women lost their jobs when their former hairdressers closed at short notice.
It has been really good for us. It means the three of us can stay togetherLesley Watson
But another salon offered them the chance to use their premises in York Road and they are now back in business.
Lesley Watson, Christine Tunney and Sophie Lambert are now based above Salon-D near Bailey Street.
Lesley said: “We were unexpectedly made redundant. I spoke to Diane Hamilton and she gave us a lifeline.
“Luckily, she had three chairs she could rent to us.”
The women were about to head to the job centre when the opportunity came about.
It means the three workmates could stay together and are working as self-employed hairdressers.
They toasted their new premises by cracking open a bottle of Champagne to mark the start of a new era.
Lesley said: “We would like to say a big thank you to Diane for getting us out of a pickle.
“We were all ready to go and sign on.
“We got all sorted and started work the following week.
“It is a gorgeous room, it is very warm and friendly.
“We are in a fully-furnished salon upstairs and want to let our clients know where we are.”
She added: “It has been really good for us.
“It means the three of us can stay together.
“Christine and I have worked together for 20 years and all our clients know each other.”
Salon-D has also said any older clients or those with mobility problems who cannot manage to climb the stairs can use their ground floor premises.