Joanne’s hair salon defies downturn

Dyeing to continue her business's expansion and success in the new year is Joanne McKelvey, salon owner, at the new premises, which have just undergone significant refurbishment and expansion, pictured with DJ Wilson, Business Development Manager at Ulster Bank.
Dyeing to continue her business's expansion and success in the new year is Joanne McKelvey, salon owner, at the new premises, which have just undergone significant refurbishment and expansion, pictured with DJ Wilson, Business Development Manager at Ulster Bank.

STRAIGHTENED economic times are not holding back an entrepreneurial Banbridge hairdressing business which is looking forward to the New Year with renewed confidence.

A relocation and significant extension and refurbishment, just completed and supported by Ulster Bank, for Joanne McKelvey Hair Design will see staff numbers at the salon increase from 11 to 13 in the months ahead. The business is now located on Linenhall Street in the town.

Speaking about the new premises, owner Joanne McKelvey said: “Deciding to make such a substantial investment in the business at a time when consumer confidence appears to be low was a major decision for me, and it was reassuring to know I had a local relationship manager who I could talk to at each stage of the finance process. I see the support as a real vote of confidence in the business and our future.

“We are passionate about delivering the ultimate experience and the new premises have been fitted out to the highest standard to create a relaxing, opulent atmosphere for all our customers.”

DJ Wilson, Business Manager at Ulster Bank said the bank is working with businesses across Northern Ireland to support local economic growth and business development.

He said, “Local business is at the heart of driving economic growth and this year we have worked with a large number of businesses to help them develop, including maintaining, and where possible, generating employment in the process.

“Since Joanne first opened a salon she has built up a great retail business, and we are delighted to help the business expand and prosper.”

Information about the full range of Ulster Bank finance and working capital facilities for small businesses is available from www.ulsterbank.co.uk or via Ulster Bank’s business centres and branches across Northern Ireland.