The Barber Shop in Bury St Edmunds is setting its sights on the next 25 years after the team celebrated its silver anniversary.
The shop on the corner of Cannon Street and Northgate Street was founded by Derek Richfield and bought by Natasha Ellis eight-years-later.
“I was working for him at the time and so he offered me first refusal. “I was 22-years-old and my parents had to act as my guarntoor until I paid the loan off three years later,” said Natasha.
“I will be forever grateful to Derek for giving me this opportunity.”
She prides her business on her team who collectively have 110 years trade experience. Many of her eight staff have been with her for between 10 to 20 years.
“A lot of them have gone off had their babies and come back. Hopefully they have a job for life here.
“We are like a family and our customers are part of that as well.”
The shop underwent a £40,000 refurbishment and extension just over a year ago.
“It was due to growing demand. We started to get cramped so we extended out the shop,” said Natasha.
Now the girls are looking forward to the next 25 years.
The team regularly take part in fund-raisng events including the annual Race for Life and the Macmillan Coffee Morning.