BIDEFORD teenager Terri-Jade Johns has overcome the difficulties of the jobs market by setting up a business of her own – and will also be providing work for others. Terri-Jade, 19, is opening her own unisex hairdressing and beauty salon, Angels, in Bide

BIDEFORD teenager Terri-Jade Johns has overcome the difficulties of the jobs market by setting up a business of her own - and will also be providing work for others.

Terri-Jade, 19, is opening her own unisex hairdressing and beauty salon, Angels, in Bideford Market Place and is inviting other hairdressers and beauty therapists to work alongside her on a self-employed basis.

She explained that after three years training at Petroc, the former North Devon College, she had tried hard to get a job, but found it impossible.

"They just wanted people who had already been in the trade for years," she said. "So I decided I would just have to do it for myself. I also plan to create jobs for others. And I hope to have young people here on work experience as I found it hard to get a work experience placement, but when I did, it really helped me. Everyone needs somewhere to start."

Terri-Jade has dug deep into her savings to take over an empty shop at 26 Market Place and has been busy with other family members decorating and fitting it out as her new salon.

After completion of the hairdressing salon she is turning her attention to the creation of an upstairs beauty parlour in which to provide a range of therapies.

While hairdressing will be available earlier, it is planned that all will be ready for a full opening in the first week in December.

Terri-Jade said her new salon will provide a welcoming, family atmosphere and competitive prices.

Interviews are now taking place for hairdressers, beauty and holistic therapists to join the new venture. Anyone interested can contact Angels on (01237) 477719.