Young entrepreneur launches hair raising business

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HAIR BY AMY is ready for business! 

20-year-old entrepreneur Amy Taylor from Keyingham has launched a business that will provide specialist support to people suffering hair loss as a result of cancer treatment or conditions such as alopecia.

Amy came up with the idea for her business, Hair by Amy, five months ago. Amy is a fully qualified hairdresser and has been working in salons for four years and in that time has supported a number of cancer patients. She saw a gap in the market for business offering bespoke services to people who need wigs following hair loss.

Her new business will provide a range of services including sourcing and styling of wigs, supporting customers when their hair grows back and providing general hairdressing services.

Amy secured funding from the John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Bank (JCEYB), which offers practical support and grants of up to £1,000 for 13 to 21-year-olds who need finance to set up or develop their businesses.

Amy said: “I’ve seen family and friends go through cancer treatment and lose their hair. By speaking to them and by doing my own research I’ve found that for a lot of people who are losing their hair, going to a normal salon isn’t a great experience for them. Those that do offer private consultations are really expensive. I want to put my customers at ease and make them feel comfortable and where better to do that than in their own home.

With the grant from the John Cracknell Youth Enterprise Bank I am now able to fulfil my dreams and set up my business. The support they continue to give me has been fantastic and I would recommend that other young people who have a business idea to speak to them.”

The bank is funded through a range of donations from entrepreneurs, together with Hull City Council’s training service. It is also closely linked to the Hull Youth Enterprise Partnership, which aims to encourage young people to become more enterprising.

Last year the bank received a funding boost from KC, which has donated £60,000 over three years. The communications provider chose to back the JCYEB to support the wealth of entrepreneurial spirit in our region, which if encouraged and supported and will help to drive the regional economy forward.

KC Commercial and Finance Director Sean Royce said: “Amy is exactly the reason we are supporting the Youth Enterprise Bank. She is a determined and thoughtful young lady that has not only developed a great business plan, but is also giving a fantastic service to a group of people in our community when they need it most. I wish Amy the best of luck with her business.”

As well as financial support, Amy will undertake the International Association of Bookkeepers Level 1 Award in Computerised Accounting for Business QCF offered by Golding Computer Services Ltd.

To learn more about the Youth Enterprise Partnership email Charles Cracknell on charles.cracknell@hullcc.gov.uk

This great local news story was first published at KC. Photo: Sean Spencer

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