Doing business is a snip for West Midland entrepreneur Antony Kent.
As head of the country's biggest independent chain of barber's shops he does what comes naturally whenever he has a meeting with one of his financial advisers.
He sits him in a chair and cuts his hair while talking business.
Like most barbers, Antony, aged 39, has become so used to talking to his customers about weighty matters such as politics, the economy and world peace while he cuts their hair, that he believes he has his best ideas while he is wielding a comb and a pair of scissors.
Even though he is now joint proprietor - with his wife, Patricia - of UK Barber Shops and Kents Hair-dressers, which have 17 salons throughout the West Midlands, Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Gloucestershire, he still works as many hours on the shop floor as when he first became a trainee gents' hairdresser 22 years ago.
"It may sound strange, but I have been doing this job nearly every day for so long that I find it easier to have an in-depth conversation with someone if I am snipping away at their hair," said Antony, who comes from an old family of traditional West Midland barbers.
"I have developed this habit because the best professional barbers believe that offering customers the option of a stimulating conversation is very much part of the service.
"This is a philosophy which was established by my grandfather, Vic Kent, when he opened our family's first salon near The Swan at Yardley, Birmingham, in 1934 and it is a tradition which I still try to maintain in all our salons."