Nicola Duckworth

Nicola came back to her first ‘career love’ in her 30s.

She had studied Hairdressing at Accrington and Rossendale College when she was 16, but did not complete the course and drifted into the night-time economy working in pubs and clubs.

Years later, and after having had children, she found herself working in a care home. Although a rewarding sector, Nicola did not see herself working in care for the rest of her career and so went back to College to study Hairdressing.

She loved it, and worked her way up through the levels and now has her own salon, LMN in Burnley, working Wednesday to Saturday. Nicola said: “If you want to go and do what you want to do, you have to go and push yourself.

“I love Hairdressing – and it is an industry that never stands still because it moves with the times.”

Over 50% of people who work in the hairdressing and beauty sector are self-employed, and hair and beauty businesses have higher survival rates after five years than many other sectors.

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