Richard McDonald has been a hairdresser for almost 30 years and opened Melanie Richard's Hair Boutique with partner Melanie five years ago. On leaving school, he immediately knew that being based in an office wouldn't work for him and embarked on an alternative career. The creative side of hair has always most appealed to Richard and he loves the way that what he does is always evolving and changing.

As a business, Melanie Richards covers the spectrum of hairdressing from classic cuts to the current trends and also offers other beauty treatments such as tanning and nail extensions. Staff take part in extensive training to ensure that the business continues to offer something unique to local customers.

According to Richard, the best things about running a small business are that, ”you can do it the way you want to” and being able to ”add more personal touches”.

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