Colleagues at a top Exeter hair salon will be celebrating so much more than just their first decade in business when they pop open the Prosecco on their 10th anniversary.
Since launching The Edge the team have not only become the very best of work colleagues but are also the best of friends; sharing their business success with their childcare and even their holidays.
Hairdressers Katy Eyre, Emma Petherick, Sam O’Toole and Anita Vosloo Jones formed the original team when Katy’s mum Jeanette Eyre took on the salon in 2006. They were joined by nail technician Mel Fowlis a year later and then colleagues Faye Liaskey and Tash Wills, followed by Sophia Lewis last year.
Between them, the cutting edge crew, in Clifton Road, Exeter, have notched-up thousands of stylish haircuts, colours and blow-dries over the past 10 years – as well as 17 children, aged between a new born baby and 10 years old.
Katy, mum to Millie 10 and Travis, four, explains how their pregnancies were perfectly timed to ensure their clients were well looked after. “We didn’t actually plan for it to happen as well as it did but there was never a time where more than one of us was off on maternity leave! Our clients hardly noticed we weren’t there because we all did some extra hours to cover and never had to take too long off work. As our children have been growing up we’ve also been able to support each other with childcare and school-runs.”
Emma who is mum to Libby, aged nine and Corey, six has worked with colleague Anita, who has two daughters, Erin (4) and Molly (2) for nearly 20 years. Emma says: “We worked together previously at two Exeter salons and have had neighbouring chairs for the past 10 years. We have such fun working together and as many of the team as possible try to get together for a holiday whenever we can. We’ve taken the children to Centre Parcs, enjoyed short breaks abroad and had some amazing hen parties over the years!”
The Edge hairdressing team keep up to date with the latest trends in colouring and styling by attending courses run by L’Oreal. They pay tribute to their loyal clients, many of whom have been regulars for up to 20 years. In a group message to their customers the Edge team said: “We can’t believe it’s been 10 years since we launched The Edge and we are so proud to have reached this milestone – something we couldn’t have done without each other and without our amazing clients.
“We look forward to celebrating and saying a huge thank you to everyone who has supported us. It’s been incredible!”