Shirley Allan, with her hair and beauty salon, ‘All About Hair’, has been named as the lucky winner of our first Win a Salon competition. The prize includes a rent-free year in fully fitted out premises, situated in Knowsley Housing Trust’s (KHT) new development at Bluebell Park in Huyton.
Shirley, a hairdresser with over 20 years’ experience has secured the salon together with a package of other business boosting support including marketing tools, mentoring, training and a year’s free membership to Knowsley Chamber of Commerce – all of which will help to support Shirley as she builds a sustainable business in the local community.
A Huyton resident herself, Shirley secured the prize following an extensive application process which included a practical hairdressing skills demonstration session and a formal interview with a panel of expert judges. She also had to demonstrate her business plans for the salon, including projected growth figures, plans for recruitment and competitive pricing.
‘All About Hair’ will open on Monday 9th November 2015 and will offer a full range of hair and beauty treatments to anyone in the local community as well as services tailored to meet the needs of the residents living in Bluebell Park.
Executive director at One Ark, Collette King, said: “We are absolutely delighted for Shirley; her passion for hairdressing and keen head for business was evident throughout every stage of the application process. The opening of ‘All About Hair’ ‘will enable Shirley to put years of salon and mobile hairdressing experience into building a thriving hair and beauty business.
“As a social investment charity, we work in partnership to offer a full menu of support and investment opportunities that help aspiring entrepreneurs to build sustainable and successful businesses which, ultimately, benefit and inspire communities across the Liverpool City Region. Win a Salon is a prime example of this, offering a valuable service that will benefit the residents of Bluebell Park and its surrounding neighbourhood.”
Commenting on her success, Shirley said: “After working from the age of 14 as a Saturday girl, I have always imagined owning my own salon so this is a dream come true. From my experience as a local mobile hairdresser, I hope to welcome new and existing clients for a relaxing and pampering experience. Not only this but I hope to grow the business, offer great local employment opportunities and develop into a competitive and much-needed facility for Bluebell Park and the wider community.”