A fresh start
A new Aberdeen hairdressing training academy is offering a different career path for former oil and gas workers who lost their jobs in the economic downturn.
Following a £250,000 funding package from Bank of Scotland, James Dun’s House an Aveda lifestyle salon, was able to purchase new premises to grow their business and support those in need of a new beginning.
The salons offer bespoke hairstyles and grooming for men and woman with Aberdeen being the first ‘men only’ salon under the ‘Mr Dun’ brand which currently employs six full-time staff. The new training academy is set to open in the basement of the barber, with the aspiration to train 12 students each year.
One of the driving forces behind the training academy is to grow the business at a good pace. I see the training academy as a key factor in being able to do that. We have a longstanding business relationship with the bank and they have been very supportive.
Dean Walker, co-owner of Mr. Dun