Barber shop needs time to gel

Acton: Razors Edge Barbers owner Sam Mitson is looking for more business after a slow start to after setting up business  in Acton. ANL-140909-171006009
Acton: Razors Edge Barbers owner Sam Mitson is looking for more business after a slow start to after setting up business in Acton. ANL-140909-171006009
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A new barber shop in Acton is hoping to see trade increase after a quiet start to life on the village’s busy industrial park.

When Sam Mitson returned to the area to restart her barber’s business – called Razor’s Edge – she thought she had struck gold when she found the perfect spot, right next to the extremely popular Wally’s Cafe on Acton Place Industrial Estate.

Unfortunately, nine weeks in, and despite Mrs Mitson’s best efforts, the customers have yet to find their way to her shop in their masses.

It is not all doom and gloom, however, as the mother-of -four said the shop was already “paying its way”.

“It’s still quiet,” she said. “I’ve done leafleting and that sort of thing with vouchers on, but I’ve only had 20 back.”

The 46-year-old spent much of her 27 years as a hairdresser running a barber shop in Haverhill before she let the business go when she moved to Spain.

Now living in Cavendish, she decided to set up shop close by in Acton.

Mrs Mitson hopes to fend-off competition from Sudbury and Long Melford by offering customers appointment-free cuts.

“They want to come in, get their hair cut and go,” she said. “Hopefully, we will get busier and we will be laughing.”