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Hundon mobile salon owner needs a helping hand to get her business back on the road




The owner of a unique, award-winning mobile hair salon fears she may not get it on the road again unless she can find a way of gaining some form of financial support.

Only two weeks ago, Tanya Simpson, of Windmill Rise, in Hundon, was told she has made the finals of the National Hair & Beauty Awards 2020 in the Customer Services category.

Her business, Suffolk Hairways, is literally a salon on wheels as it operates from a converted Ford Transit and in 2018 it was crowned Best New Business in the London and East of England Region in The British Hair and Beauty Awards.

Tanya Simpson next to her Suffolk Hairways mobile hair salon. Picture by Mecha Morton
Tanya Simpson next to her Suffolk Hairways mobile hair salon. Picture by Mecha Morton

Until this week Tanya had been unable to work for 15 weeks because of the Covid-19 outbreak.

However, the costs of ensuring she can meet the Government’s Covid-19 safety guidelines and her inability to get any grants or loans because she fails to meet the necessary criteria, has left her future very insecure – and she needs a lifeline.

Tanya said: “I don’t see how they expect us to get back to business without anything to help us.

Tanya Simpson inside her mobile hair salon when she won the Best New Business category in the UK Hair and Beauty Awards 2018. Picture by Mecha Morton
Tanya Simpson inside her mobile hair salon when she won the Best New Business category in the UK Hair and Beauty Awards 2018. Picture by Mecha Morton

“We all want to make our businesses come back, no-one wants to fail but it’s quite difficult with everything we have to put up front before we can even work again.

“If anyone knows of any ways in which I can make this possible it would be a great help. I’ve not been able to take the truck off the drive yet.

“I would have to be able to win the lottery and have a mini-bus and that would be fine, but that’s not possible.

Tanya Simpson and her husband Benji at the National Hair & Beauty Awards
Tanya Simpson and her husband Benji at the National Hair & Beauty Awards

“My truck is not big enough to have one metre between customers.

“It’s just getting everything up and ready to be able to go out. I want to, I’m dying to get out there but needs must. I can’t do anything until there’s money there to do it.

“We don’t seem to come under any category (for grants or loans) which is not fair on us sole traders who have worked hard to get where we are now.”

If you can help Tanya call her on 07468482340 or email suffolkhairways@gmail.com.


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