Edinburgh boss gives all staff a day off to go to the pub

A barber shop’s managing director has delayed the official opening of his new salon at Edinburgh Waverley by 24 hours to give staff the chance to support nearby bars and restaurants when restrictions ease on April 26.

Wednesday, 14th April 2021, 12:30 pm

Sovereign Grooming will also close its Aberdeen salon on the same day to allow the Granite City team to support “lifeblood” food and drink businesses on Union Street.

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Managing Director Kyle Ross said recent closures on the high street, John Lewis in particular, highlighted the importance of businesses standing together this spring.

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Generous gesture - Kyle Ross of Sovereign Grooming

Mr Ross added that with a 10pm curfew in force he is confident that his team of 18 will be “tucked up in bed early” ready to cut hair the following morning.

He said: “Our city centres are a business eco-system, and when one sector suffers, it has a knock-on effect for everyone.

“That eco-system has been on a knife-edge at various points over the past year and we feel it’s more important than ever to pull together and help our city centres recover.

"We employ 18 people, so in the grand scheme of things this is a very small gesture. However, we feel it is important to send a message of support and solidarity, and to do our bit to support Scotland's city centres.

A day off from tending to clients for Sovereign Grooming staff

"With a 10pm curfew, we’re confident our teams will all be tucked up in bed early and ready for a busy day on the 27th."

Ten new jobs are being created with the opening of Sovereign Grooming Edinburgh which had been due to open in the heart of Edinburgh’s Old Town on April 26 following a six-figure investment during lockdown. The salon will now open on the 27th.

Mr Ross, who launched Sovereign alongside business partner Ryan Crighton, has won a catalogue of industry awards since opening, including Best Barber UK in 2017.

The business is being backed by a group of investors led by MB Martin & Partners Ltd, which specialises in helping high-potential early stage companies grow.

Sovereign has a 10-year lease at New Waverley, where other tenants include the new HMRC headquarters and Loudens. A third Sovereign Grooming salon will open in Glasgow city centre in the Autumn.

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