Anthony Andrew has over 14 years’ experience as a barber. He has previously worked in Ibiza, across the North East of England and owned his own salon in Newquay.
When he returned back to the North East, he was offered the opportunity to open a salon on Yarm Road, Eaglescliffe.
To brush up on his business knowledge and explore the funding options available to him, Anthony attended Five Lamps’ European Development Funded (ERDF) ‘Switch into business’ workshop, designed to help anyone wanting to go into business and write a business plan.
After attending the workshop, Anthony decided to sign onto DWP’s New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) scheme which provides weekly payments of £65 per week for 13 weeks followed by £35 per week for 13 weeks when they commence trading. This scheme also provides one to one support from a Five Lamps business advisor.
Anthony worked closely with Five Lamps Business Advisor, Simon Coe to research his idea and produce a business plan. Anthony was keen to start trading as soon as possible and with his hard work and dedication he began trading within a month.
Anthony’s business is a resounding success and he now has three members of staff, two of whom are family members. Ultimate Grooming specialises in all aspects of male grooming and also sells quality hair care products such as Reuzel.
“I’ve been very happy with all the help I’ve had from Five Lamps. I’d recommend them to anyone!”
Ultimate Grooming can be contacted on 01642 90963 or by Facebook @ultimategrooming
The New Enterprise Allowance is a DWP contract for people on Job Seekers Allowance, Employment Support Allowance or lone parent income support.