The future is looking good even in the tough economic climate for a young Dudley beautician who has taken the leap to become her own boss – in a former doctors’ surgery.
Despite the credit crunch, Helen Noott, 25, opened Room 675 in Dudley, when the opportunity to start up on her own proved too attractive to turn down.
After seven years of working for other people and also as a mobile beautician, Helen took on a small team and has spent the past few months converting the former doctors’ surgery into a pampering paradise.
She said: “I’ve always wanted my own business and after seven years of working for others and in a mobile unit, I knew it was something I enjoyed and wanted to do."
“I was a bit tentative about starting up on my own the way things are, economically, right now, but I knew I had to grasp the opportunity while I could.
“I was provided with an adviser who talked me through the practical side of things such as business rates, overheads, salaries and what to do to stay ahead of the game. I was given an honest appraisal including any worst case scenarios as well as the positive advantages of working for myself.
“It’s reassuring to know that my adviser will be there throughout the first year of training too, in case I need to turn to him. I’m really looking forward to working for myself, having worked for others for so long.”
The salon offers a range of services and products such as manicures and pedicures, spray tans to sun beds and permanent make-up – as well as a range of treatments for men.
Business Link adviser Bob Howard helped Ms Noott set up the business. He said: “From the outset, it was immediately clear that Helen is a very capable person who was clearly not just jumping in, feet first.
“Stories about the credit crunch are seldom far from the front pages of the newspapers. This does not mean that everything has to stand still though. Businesses, new and existing, can still do very well as long as they’re pragmatic and listen to advice.”