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, my 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, then joined me at Mr B's.
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 proud 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
Garth Phelps' Hairdressing History -
Garth also trained under the terrific guidance of John Light at "Finesse Of Romsey" & we worked
together there for some 12 years before I opened Mr B's. We have cut each other's hair for 30 years now
& Garth has a very loyal client base, having also worked in Romsey all his adult life.