A Sudbury hairdresser, who began her career sweeping floors and making tea, has completed a hard earned rise to the top of her profession.
Emma Couch, from Minden Road, opened her new business The New Era in East Street on Monday.
The salon replaces The Alpha Hair Studio, where Emma started work as a junior and went on to spend 16 years.
“I left school one day and started working at the salon the next,” said the 31-year-old.
“It is very exciting to be starting my own businesses and there is a huge sense of achievement, but it is also a little daunting.”
Emma jumped at the chance to become her own boss after discovering her previous employers were moving on and says she is looking forward to doing things her way.
“The salon has been completely refurbished and nothing is the same,” she said.
“I have two stylists in my team, a nail technician who will be joining in a few weeks and we will probably try and look for one more stylist.”
After years of chatting with customers and building up her expertise Emma says she is confident of making the salon a success.
“We have had lots of people asking what is happening and have been really busy in the first week after being closed for the refurbishment,” she said. “Hopefully the loyal customers will remain and some new ones will come, too.”