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Chris Austin

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FORMER student Chris Austin has launched his first shop offering the latest barbering techniques and traditional skills.

His business, Old Leigh Barbers, is in the popular picturesque town of Old Leigh near Southend-on-Sea.

The 23-year-old studied for his NVQ Level 3 in Hairdressing at The Lanes Hair & Beauty in Brentwood – a state-of-the-art hair and beauty training salon run by Havering College as one of only five colleges in the country to have L'Oréal Flagship College status for its hairdressing provision.

Entrepreneurial Chris has been successfully running his mobile hairdressing business – Orlando's - for more than two years building up a strong base of 300 clients throughout Essex.

He works tirelessly seven days a week, running his mobile business on Mondays while striving to build up his new salon-based venture the rest of the week, including weekends.

Chris said: "I am happy to work seven days a week to make this a success."

Brentwood resident Chris, who previously attended Brentwood County High School, chose Havering College for his Level 3 Hairdressing qualification, having previously trained through an apprenticeship with a Brentwood hair salon.

He represented the college in a hairdressing showcase event at WorldSkills 2011 where he was introduced to Business Secretary Vince Cable.

Chris' entrepreneurial spirit has also impressed Tim Campbell – winner of The Apprentice series one – whom he met at a college award ceremony for high achieving students.

Chris said: "I enjoyed it at Havering College. My tutors Sarah Ramsay and Jess Westley were very supportive. Sarah has had a couple of shops, she had been there, done that and gave me the advice I needed."