Young Sheffield barbers take the plunge into businesses after salon closure

The Mardy Barber in Broomhill, Sheffield. Co-owners Ben Jameson and Ben Popple with junior Charlie Bywater (co-owner George Wish not pictured)
The Mardy Barber in Broomhill, Sheffield. Co-owners Ben Jameson and Ben Popple with junior Charlie Bywater (co-owner George Wish not pictured)
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Three Sheffield barbers left jobless after their workplace closed have shown their enterprising spirit by going into business themselves.

Ben Popple, Ben Jameson and George Wish worked together at Inherited in Broomhill before it closed earlier this year.

The Mardy Barber in Broomhill, Sheffield. Co-owners Ben Jameson and Ben Popple with junior Charlie Bywater (co-owner George Wish not pictured)

The Mardy Barber in Broomhill, Sheffield. Co-owners Ben Jameson and Ben Popple with junior Charlie Bywater (co-owner George Wish not pictured)

The barbers, all aged in their early 20s, had put in months of on-the-job training to finish their apprenticeships, and were suddenly left without an income.

But with a vacant unit and a loyal customer base, they saw an opportunity and set up shop in the same unit where they had worked in Glossop Road.

The Mardy Barber opened last month and has welcomed back plenty of old customers, as well as a growing number of new ones.

Ben Popple, 22, said: “We knew what we were doing worked, so it was definitely time to take it on.

“It was daunting in a sense, because we didn’t have any business experience. But because there were three of us going into it, it felt like we weren’t taking it all on individually.”

The name was suggested by Ben’s girlfriend – “I don’t know what she was trying to insinuate, but we wanted to keep it quite Sheffield and thought it had a bit of a ring to it” – and some generous clients helped with the shop fit and accounting.

The first month has been a steady introduction to business, and the barbers are now preparing for a rush when students return to Broomhill in September.

“They will see the same faces and the same position – just a new shop and branding,” said Ben.

None of the new business owners went to university, choosing instead to train while earning at the same time. They used savings to start the business and are debt free as a result. They have also taken on a junior, Charlie Bywater.

Ben Jameson, 24, was full of praise for apprenticeships. He said: “Learning on the job is definitely the best way to go about it. These days you don’t need to go to university to succeed in everything.”

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