An enterprising venture has recently taken to the streets of Royal Leamington Spa, Kenilworth, Warwick and Balsall Common
Mobile gentlemen’s hairdressing service.
The business is being run by 33 year old James Doherty a barber with 17 years
experience. James, who started his career as a 13 year old ‘Saturday junior/ helper’ at a well known Kenilworth hairdressing salon decided to start his mobile business after a series of unfortunate events left him unemployed and in need of a regular income.
Having become a full-time barber at the salon after completing his apprenticeship and attending a college hairdressing course lasting two years, James eventually became the salon manager when the salon’s owner of 36 years decided to retire and sold the business. To James’ delight, he also inherited the owner’s client list which kept him very busy. At the same time
he was also building up his own clientele.
Unfortunately, an accident, whilst cycling, left James with a fractured skull and unable to work for many months and during that time he lost many of his clients. When he was eventually fit enough to return to work he didn’t feel as though he wanted to work at the salon anymore and left after three days. A short spell at another top Kenilworth salon enabled James to rebuild
his client list again but the sudden closure of this salon put him once more out of work.
A time spent working nights at a factory in Coventry kept James occupied while he tried to rekindle his passion for hairdressing. Unable to find another salon in which to work with a good standard and exceptional high reputation that he is used to.
James then put together a very robust business plan to assist him in setting up as a self-employed mobile barber and also obtained a small grant from the Prince’s Trust to fund the set up costs of starting a new business.
James said: “I’m delighted that this new business venture has enabled me to continue hairdressing and I’m grateful for all the support I have received.
“I’m rebuilding my client list once again and also picking up more business
through word of mouth. To the best of my knowledge, I’m the only mobile barber in Warwickshire.”