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Best friends launch new business venture in Hagley
12:16pm Tuesday 10th September 2013 in News
BEST friends forever is something most young pals say they will be but not many manage to pull it off.
Former Stourbridge school pals Nichola Jones and Fiona Haydon, however, have bucked the trend and remain firm friends and business partners nearly 20 years after they first met at the age of 11 at The Grange School.
Fiona Haydon, aged 30, from Pedmore, and Nichola, from Quarry Bank, who turns 31 on Friday, have not only stayed best pals but they have also been in business together for the last few years.
The pals started Phi-Nix hair and beauty salon in Worcester Road, Hagley, in 2010 with a £2,500 grant from the Prince’s Trust and now they have just launched a ladies’ clothing boutique next door called The Back Room.
Before starting their own company - they both trained at Dudley College together and then honed their hairdressing skills at various Umberto Giannini salons and before that they both worked at offices at The Waterfront, Brierley Hill, after leaving school.
Fiona said: “It’s a friendship for life. We’ve never been apart since we were 11. We’re more like sisters than friends.
“We help each other through hard times and we’ve both got easy going attitudes.”
She added: “Having very similar values in life has kept us on the same path.”
The pair’s latest joint venture The Back Room, which sells Italian, French and Danish designer clothing, opened last Friday (September 6) after the pals spotted a gap in the market for a boutique clothing shop for women aged 40-plus in the area.
Nichola said: “We’re opening the new business in one of the worst times ever but we feel the village needs it; there’s nothing around here that hits the target market that were going for.”
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