A new business set up by lifelong Hawes resident, Edie Peacock, has been given a massive head start – allowing her to remain in the Dales.
She has received the first grant allocated from Richmondshire District Council’s Small Business Grant scheme, enabling her to ‘rent’ a chair in a town hairdressing salon and set up her own business. The £670 helped buy the equipment needed to make her dream a reality.
And the 27 year old Mum of two will remember November 5, 2014 for more than bonfire night this year as Edie Peacock Hairdressing opened up for customers in ‘Sonja’s Salon’ in the town’s Market Place.
“I have lived all my life in Hawes and want to stay here and bring up my two sons, Sid and Bertie,” she said.
“And with the help pf the District Council I can do just that – the grant has helped me buy the equipment I need, and I already have a steadily growing appointment book.
“Not only does opening up in Hawes allow me to live in the town I love, it means my sons can go to school here and stay close to their grandparents- and hopefully they will develop the love of the Dales that I have.”
And Councillor John Blackie, Leader of Richmondshire District Council and District Councillor for Hawes saidadded: “I was delighted to hear that Edie was going to be starting a small business in Hawes – working in a long established salon in the town – and it was great that the Council I lead has been able to give her such a flying start.
“We are losing too many of our young people and young families from the Upper Dales, so to hear of Edie’s new enterprise is a real tonic.
“She is a young mother who has made a commitment to stay here with her family in Hawes.”