Young entrepreneurs invest five-figure sum in new salon

Tessa Rouse and Alisha Barnett

Two hair and beauty specialists have launched Worcestershire’s newest salon following a five-figure investment.

Alisha Barnett and business partner Tessa Rouse have joined together to open AT Hair and Beauty in Kidderminster.

The Kidderminster-born pair have invested £20,000 into the business which they have transformed into a salon offering a full range of hair and beauty services – with the promise of new jobs in the future.

The pair, who have a combined 15 years of experience in the industry, have worked together in other local salons and say it’s a “dream” to open their own business.

They also plan to expand further in the next 18 months by taking on an additional hairdresser, a nail artist, and an apprentice.

Rouse said: “Alisha and I are great friends and have known each other for around 10 years. We have been really fortunate to have had a great grounding in the industry, but owning and growing our own salon and has always been our big ambition. After lots of hard work, decisions and planning, we are delighted to have opened and to be offering the whole range of hair and beauty treatments under one roof.”

Barnett added: “More than anything, we want the salon to be known as a luxury and relaxing place to come and be pampered. The feedback and comments we’ve had in our first few weeks has been amazing and we are obsessed with making sure every last detail and the atmosphere is perfect for our customers.

“Everything is going in the right direction and we are determined that as the business develops, we will be in a position to grow our team in the months and years ahead.”