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Heads up for World Cup as Laura shows she can cut it
Thursday 19th June, 2014

Heads up for World Cup as Laura shows she can cut it
Laura Storey

An enterprising young Wigan businesswoman is hoping to keep ahead of World Cup hairstyles as soccer heroes make waves in Brazil.

Working mum Laura Storey 28, set up her new Barber Shop business in the Hope Enterprise Centre on Scot Lane, Wigan just three months ago – but already business is brisk at the shop which specialises in haircuts for men and boys.

Now Laura, a mother of two from Beech Hill, is offering free haircuts for the summer months – for customers who nominate the best header in the World Cup tournament – with Robin Van Persie’s stunner against Spain looking like a hot contender.

“There some great hairstyle on show out there “, said Laura who studied hairdressing at Runshaw College Leyland. “You’ve got the shaven side look of Neymar of Brazil- the Mohawk style seems to be making a comeback then there’s the big perms and of course the slick back looks of players like Portuguese star Ronaldo.”

In the England team – Laura’s hair raising icons including Stevie Gerrard, Wayne Rooney Danny Welbeck and Raheem Sterling but admits privately, that while she runs a barbershop ,she actually prefers the shaven headed look herself.

The most popular look for Wigan youngsters and teenagers alike right now isn’t David Beckham or any other footballer, added Laura .It’s the Joey Essex comb-over as featured in the hit TV show TOWIE!

Laura set up the Barber Shop Company with the encouragement of the Wigan Metropolitan Development Company who own the building which is home to over 25 local small businesses.

The ambitious young businesswoman is also looking for backers so that she can expand the Barber Shop with the addition of a sunbed lounge and is determined to make it one of Wigan’s “mane “attractions.

Gents haircuts cost £7 with £6 for children and the same for senior citizens.

Laura, who has a 6 year old daughter Amelia and a 9 year old son Kane, who suffers from chronic asthma, is also planning a Family Fun day event at the shop on Saturday June 28th to raise much needed funds for the Asthma UK charity.

“We love it here - it’s a very vibrant business community but a few more people need to know about us “, said Laura. “There are a lot of potential customers driving into Wigan who pass right by the front of the building without realising just how many successful small businesses are operating here.”

John Burns enterprise and estates manager for the Wigan Metropolitan Development Company WMDC, said “We opened the centre in 1996 to enable people like Laura, who want to run a successful micro business, to set up with the aid of affordable workshop and office accommodation and its success has been extraordinary, supporting over 200 businesses and ultimately creating over 350 jobs in its 18 years of operation.”

The centre also has a resident Business Adviser on hand to help with business advice, planning and finance all free of charge.

“The location is ideal being close to Wigan Town Centre the DW stadium and the Martland Business Park”, added John. ”Flexible licences from monthly to six monthly rolling eases the pressure on micro businesses who often don’t want long term lease agreements”

The building, which used to be a school for the physically impaired, was converted to workshops and offices through the Coalfield grant scheme and the idea of former Director of Douglas Valley Properties Ltd, Gordon Valentine.”

For further details contact John Burns on 01942 208801 or email jburns@wmdc.org.uk

For the Barber Shop call 07592 535 595.

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