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“Give us your Pitch” A project that addresses ‘youth worklessness’ and an innovative hairdressing project…

 

Next up is Ben Sperry of HairportUK. HairportUK is a new innovation in mobile hairdressing – from vintage fairs to festivals and weddings. It is creating employment, reshaping apprenticeships, brand opportunities and taking the lead in a new market. Over to you Ben to explain more….

“Mobile hairdressing is a growth industry but there’s a problem – it’s long had a back-street image and @HairportUK believes 2012 is perfect timing for a British make-over.

The National Apprenticeship Service reports that Hairdressing schemes generate more complaints about employment conditions from trainees and their parents, than any other industry sector. Poor pay, long hours, sweeping of floors and making the tea, persuades many trainees to migrate to casual, mobile working. These are talented people, seeking opportunities to express their creativity. Too few invest in business skills training and many trade beneath the radar of safety and quality regulators.

Development of the HairportUK model was funded by the Prince’s Trust. Proposed, is a range of excellent service innovations, tested by competent, agile & tech savvy hairdressing professionals. A ‘smart’ booking portal solution with an 0800 contact centre co-ordinates brand engagement, nationwide service appointments, transaction processing, logistics, supply chain, vocational training, business mentoring and community outreach activities.

Individual stylists are personally credited for their artistic achievements through social networking campaigns and this encourages local communities to collaborate with HairportUK to create safe, fun, vocational learning experiences for trainees; it’s all about shared commitment to social and economic development.

All our stylists have been trained by Toni & Guy and to NVQ Level 2. We take training seriously and continue to teach our stylists with the latest techniques and trends.

HairportUK is a different approach to hairdressing. By embracing technology and social media our team are proud to be mobile. From glamorous design work and innovative event ideas we make hairdressing fun. Because we don’t have the overheads that a salon has, we can spend quality time with our customers. One at a time. Oh, and we are cheaper than a salon too!

With a central network for our stylists with managed bookings, comprehensive insurance and a mobile phone for every stylist working with HairportUK the team gets the support they need.

HairportUK are looking to raise 45k for 10% equity through crowdcube.com. Check out their pitch here…

If you are looking to start your own business, think you have a creative idea or you are a self-starting business champion then find out more about Startacus the online community celebrating the self starter – launching soon…

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