New businesses seem to be opening on a regular basis in Bradford’s rejuvenated city centre. This was predicted before the opening of the Broadway Centre, as it now appears that the long awaited opening of the flagship store has finally acted as a catalyst for other businesses to follow suit.
Situated on the doorstep of Broadway on Kirkgate, Brits Hair & Beauty has added increased footfall to the area since its opening in December last year. An existing business for thirty years, when it was situated in a smaller premises in Little Horton Lane, Brits Hair & Beauty is today attracting customers from all over the county.
The business originally used the Fresh Fare / Seafresh premises on Little Horton Lane from 2001. Fresh Fare was an existing and well established business which had already been operating for thirty years when Brits Hair & Beauty moved in at the beginning of the millennium.
Brits Hair and Makeup was set up by Mohammed Matloob who realised that there was a need for exclusive hair and make-up accessories to cater for the African-Caribbean and South Asian market as there were no other businesses who catered for their needs.
In saying that Brits Hair & Beauty is a retailer that cater for all hair and beauty needs and specialise in human hair extensions with a wide selection displayed on their shop floor.
Mr Matloob has spent £230,000 on the store with help from the Bradford Council Growth Zone initiative which was set up to support new businesses and existing business growth in the city centre.
Mr Hussain states, “We have had a fantastic response since we opened in December and we are now running out of space due to the demand from our customers. We have customers from Leeds, Bradford and as far as Manchester because our stock is unique and of the highest level of quality. My colleague Amir Hussain manages the business and he has worked tirelessly to get it to this point.
As demand for their products increases, Mr Hussain has now taken the business online. He tells us, “We have now gone online on sites such as Ebay and Amazon and we are currently developing a website.”
The premises also houses the popular Italian hairdressing expert Rosa Massimo downstairs. The award-winning hairdresser has worked alongside a range of big names in the hair industry such as Vidal Sassoon academy, TIGI, Colory – for whom she is already a qualified teacher – Andrew Collinge, Redken, Revlon, Anthony Mascolo, and many more.
Mr Hussain concludes, “I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Bradford Council for all their help and assistance during our set up. Without their help, this would not have been possible. These are very exciting times for Bradford and I am glad that I am contributing to the city’s regeneration. I hope we continue to grow as a business and as a city.”