6 Tee Court, Bell Street, Romsey, Hants, SO51 8GY.
"Mr B's Barber Shop"
opened for business in Bell Street in 1996. Having trained & worked in Romsey
for 12 years, my business got off to a flying start. In the 6 years I was in Bell Street, business grew
continually but satisfying the demand became more & more of a problem as efforts to find enough staff
of the quality I desired, proved fruitless.
With 4.15 am starts & ever increasing rents I decided to close the Barber Shop in May of 2002, downsize
to smaller but brighter premises & work solely to a more controllable appointment system.
"Mr B's Gents' & Boys' Hairdressing Salon"
opened in Tee Court, just off of Bell Street, in June of 2002 & after the 2 years of searching for staff for
the Barber's shop, within 2 weeks of opening the smaller business I was then approached by 6 quality
people looking for work! In September of 2002 I was joined by Jon Heath, who I worked with for 12
years, until Jon moved onto pastures new in Southampton. Garth Phelps, whom I trained with and
worked with for 12 years from 1984 to 1996, has now joined me at Mr B's ... after many years of pestering
him to do so !
Steve Biddlecombe's Hairdressing History -
I trained under the terrific guidance of John Light here in Romsey, encouraged into competition work
from a young age, I learned fast & am pleased to say attracted a loyal customer base quickly.
Competing at all ends of the country, I gained 15 national competition awards & then became a
National Judge for 5 years, judging the work of my peer's & that of upcoming youngsters. Now with a
Master Craftsman Diploma, I rarely find the time to compete but do visit competitions occasionally to
keep an eye on current trends.
Garth Phelps' Hairdressing History -
Garth & I worked together for some 12 years at "Finesse Of Romsey", Garth having also trained there
under John Light. We have cut each other's hair for 25 years and Garth also has a loyal following in
Romsey, having also worked here all his adult life, it's great to have Garth come on board and to be
working together again.