Simply three years in the past Darren O’Neill watched his employer, the Manchester Metropolis Centre barbershop Gentry Grooming Co, decide up Greatest Barber on the English Hair and Magnificence Awards. Final week he walked up on stage to choose up two main prizes on the similar occasion for his personal store, O’Neill’s Barber Home in Failsworth.
Strolling off with North-West and the General Barber of the 12 months (spanning the North-West, North-East and Yorkshire) awards, O’Neill’s beat eight shortlisted nominations from the North-West area, two of which have been from outdoors Manchester metropolis centre.
“We’ve solely been buying and selling for 22 months and have constructed up a terrific enterprise on the again of arduous work, dedication and dedication. To acquire such recognition at such a prestigious occasion is one thing I might solely ever dream of,” says Darren.
Darren began his profession as an apprentice on the Gentry Grooming Co in Manchester Metropolis Centre, the place he labored for an additional two years earlier than transferring again to work in Failsworth, to raised swimsuit household commitments, earlier than returning to the Gentry Grooming Co for a second time.
“I ended up working full time in Manchester metropolis centre while additionally attempting to take care of my native shoppers in Failsworth,” says Darren. Darren realised he had about 100 shoppers in his cell phone and and determined to open his personal store again in Failsworth, the place he now works with apprentice Jack, and his accomplice Verity who runs the admin aspect of issues. The group are on the look out for a 3rd barber.
“My plan is solely to progress. I need to proceed to attend seminars, community inside the business, put effort and time into this store and hopefully open a second store,” says Darren.