A young hairdresser is set to become a business owner after agreeing to take over the Thatcham salon she first started working at as a teenager.
Claire Tedridge, 23, is to take over the running of Charles Hairdressing, in High Street.
She was originally employed by Charles aged 14 to do odd jobs, becoming an apprentice before training to be a hair stylist.
And now after securing a £35,000 loan from NatWest, Claire is about to buy the business from current owner Jaqueline Hawkins.
“This salon is of incredible personal importance to me, and I have always dreamed of one day owning the business,” said Claire.
“Thanks to the funding from NatWest, I have been able to secure the finances required and I am looking forward to what the years ahead will bring.”
Charles Hairdressing was founded 50 years ago, and moved to its current site in 2015.
NatWest relationship manager Neal Carey added: “It is always encouraging to see a business flourish, and even more so to see the hard work of employees paying off.
“Claire has given so much to the business, and I’m thrilled to have been able to help her onto the next step of the career ladder.”