Young entrepreneur Natalie Dean is celebrating after enjoying a successful first year in business.
Natalie, 25, took over struggling Crossroads hair salon in 2014.
When she opened her doors for business the salon, now renamed Hairs ‘n’ Graces by Natalie, had only two clients.
Now, 12 months on, the hairdressers on the shop on Marton Drive, South Shore, has a full appointments book and the future is looking bright.
Natalie, first started work in a hairdressers salon at the age of 12. “It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do,” she said.
“This is my dream job. I have lots of regular loyal customers and am very much looking forward to the future.
“I did my training and now can offer a full range of hairdressing services to both male and female customers.
“When I took on the salon I didn’t know whether I would sink or swim. I took over a premises with little or no character or charisma and I knew that I had a long way to go.
“The salon had only two clients booked into the appointment book, other than my own who have followed and supported me every step of the journey.
“A year later and I am celebrating having been open for my first year in business. Up to now, I have found it a challenge but the business excites me and makes me proud.
“I have worked hard and put blood, sweat and tears into my business to make it as successful as I possibly can, which wouldn’t have been possible without the continues support of my parents, friends and loyal customers.