A young barber has gone from novice to opening his own shop in just seven months.

Last September, Craig Colman enrolled on a barbering course and has progressed very quickly since.

Craig, 21, was working for his father in the family business, but he had always had the ambition to cut hair for a living.

But he signed up for Runshaw College’s NVQ level two barbering course and has since opened his own barber’s shop in Anderton Street.

He said: “All my efforts are going into making the business a success.

“Every week there is a new challenge, I enjoy learning something new each time I go in.”

Before opening The Barber shop, Craig completed two weeks work experience at a local barbers, which gave him confidence in dealing with customers and prepared him for what to expect.

Craig, who lives in Euxton, opened the door to his shop in March but has already seen business picking up, with a very busy spell over the Easter break.

He said: “Once I’ve established the business and built up a good client base I would like to extend to include the upper floor.

“I would also like to take on a barbering apprentice so that I can offer someone else the opportunity to get hands on experience.”

Craig’s tutor Lee Thistlethwaite said: “Craig has been a pleasure to teach, he is hard working, very enthusiastic, and most importantly has a real passion for barbering.

“I am sure if Craig puts the same effort and commitment into his business that he has towards his course he will do very well.”