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Business Enterprise Fund

New Talent Barber Cuts it in Selby

13 November 2015 09:00


Dan Firth had come to a cross roads. After graduating with a graphic design degree he took up a number of hospitality roles where he gained experience in management. With acquired business skills and an eye for the aesthetic, Dan jumped at the opportunity of taking on the lease from a friend’s hair salon.

After taking a short barbering course in London, Dan entered the world of barbering confidently and found that he had a natural ability. Once back to his home town of Selby The Stag and Boy Barbershop was born.

Half the shop remains a salon while the Stag side provides a bespoke barbering service in a rustic environment. Hot towel shaves are on offer, with a complimentary bottle of beer to top the service.

In order to fund the venture, Dan turned to Stacey from the Goole Development Trust (GDT). GDT provide financial assistance to businesses that are unable to secure funding from mainstream lenders.

“The banks could technically lend but their rates were very high for my circumstances. GDT were able to offer an alternative, as well as support me with my business plan and forecasts.”

Dan’s skills in graphic design show in the barber’s shopfront. A striking design of a stag on the window draws passers-by to the vintage chairs and rustic décor.

“One of the chairs is from an old prison!” he said. “It’s always in progress and I hope to open a separate shop one day. GDT have helped me get started, without them I would have struggled.”

If you would like to be your own boss and start a business adventure, contact GDT for financial support and advice today.

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The Business Enterprise Fund is a social enterprise that lends money to businesses in West & North Yorkshire & the North East, who are unable to get lending from the banks. As a social enterprise there are no share holders – all profits generated are reinvested into the business.

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