September 20 2014 Latest news:
by Ajay Nair, Reporter
Sunday, July 20, 2014
A busy barber has enjoyed so much success that four months after launching his business he has moved to a bigger premises.
Jamie La-Rocque, 28, of Romford, owner of La-Rocque & Son barbers, Romford Shopping Hall, has made the move in response to demand.
The barber likes to offer fresh cups of filtered coffee to customers.
Mr La-Rocque started his business after cutting hair in central London.
He said: “We’ve got a really cool, creative space and we have got fresh coffee on the go.”
He said a positive attitude is behind his success.
“We’re always smiling, we try to do something a little different.”
The new barber shop is not too far away from its old home – a bigger space at the front of the same shopping hall.
Mr La-Rocque, who has more than 10 years of experience cutting hair, said: “If you see the shop, there’s a Brick Lane-Shoreditch feel to it, which is really popular at the moment.”
He added: “I was working in the City and it really upped my game and re-ignited my passion.”
Shopping hall manager Michelle Fitzgibbons said: “He’s absolutely brilliant, he’s young, enthusiastic and hungry for it.
“It’s not a regular occurrence but, for proactive shop owners who do take a fresh look at business, they see the benefits in being able to expand.”
La-Rocque & Son is one of many small businesses coming out on top after the impact of the economic downturn.
The shop owner, who says the store provides the “whole package”, said: “Our service is something different and our haircuts are really good value for money.”