Hambleton hairdresser is cut above


A family-run boutique hair salon is expanding and doubling its workforce as it celebrates its second anniversary.

Pure, on Stokesley High Street, marks its second year in the town this month and is starting a period of recruitment thanks to faster than anticipated growth.

Ben Middleton relocated to Stokesley from Brighton with his wife, Naz, who is originally from the North Yorkshire market town.

Ben, who himself was well-known as Toni and Guy’s youngest ever franchisee in the 90s, has over 20 years’ industry experience having worked with many celebrities and well-known names for magazines both in London and in North Yorkshire.

Pure has enjoyed a faster than anticipated growth and, having launched with just two members of staff, the salon now has a team of five with plans to double this in the next year.

Ben and his team style hundreds of clients each month, well above the average for the size of the salon, and the business is now creating a number of new jobs, including opportunities for senior stylists, stylists and apprentices.

In addition, Ben works closely with Middlesbrough College to recruit and develop apprentices.

Pure provides a range of services for ladies and gents, working closely with Label M and their styling teams in Manchester and Newcastle to provide ongoing training and development.

Speaking about the plans for his business, Ben said: “Pure is experiencing a better than forecast growth which has been consistent since we opened two years ago. We’re now in a position to create another four or five jobs in the coming year thanks to a loyal and growing client base from across the area.

“Stokesley and the surrounding towns and villages provide a buoyant marketplace and there’s some strong, well established competition so we are really pleased to be growing as we are.

“We’re passionate about offering our clients a wide range of services provided by some of the most highly-skilled experts in the hairdressing sector, whether they want something contemporary or classic or wedding and special occasion styles.

“As we go into our third year, we will continue to create jobs for local people and also for young people who want to develop their careers in a vibrant industry.”