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Published 15th Nov 2011

Councillor Brenda Thompson is the focus of attention for staff at the Cutting Corner which has opened in the Rainbow Leisure Cen

A popular hairdressing business has a brand new home thanks to an innovative partnership with a local leisure centre.

The Cutting Corner has moved into the Rainbow Leisure Centre in Coulby Newham.

The salon and barbers have been based for the past 15 years in the neighbouring Parkway Centre’s In Shops.

But with the closure of In Shops the business, which employs 10 staff, was faced with the possibility of moving out of the local area until the Rainbow Leisure Centre stepped in.

Owner Mel Crockett said: “We had heard rumours that In Shops was closing in the Parkway and we were offered a place in In Shops in Thornaby.

“Our customers live in the areas of Hemlington, Coulby, Marton and Nunthorpe so Thornaby was too far for many of our customers to travel to.

“We needed somewhere local, we have been here for 15 years and we needed people to stay with us.”

Through a joint venture The Cutting Corner was offered a place in the Rainbow vacated by the café, with the café redeveloped elsewhere in the venue.

After just a few weeks of opening the reaction from customers has been good.

“We have been nervous that people wouldn’t follow us,” said Mel. “But we’ve had a really good response.

“We feel part of a team, security is good and it’s all about health and leisure in the Rainbow so we have fitted in well.”

The centre also offers the business greater flexibility with late night opening Thursday and Friday, and Sunday opening, now available.

Councillor Brenda Thompson, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Public Health, said: “The Rainbow Leisure Centre has for many years provided a range of facilities for the people of Middlesbrough with the aim of improving health and increasing the levels of physical activity.

“The introduction of The Cutting Corner salon will further enhance these opportunities and increase the number of people who visit this excellent facility.”

The Rainbow Leisure Centre is used by residents as a community hub providing a hairdresser, beauty therapist, café, library, X4 Health and Fitness, swimming pool and more leisure facilities. The Cutting Corner can be contacted on 01642 598626.

Photo caption: Councillor Brenda Thompson is the focus of attention for staff at the Cutting Corner which has opened in the Rainbow Leisure Centre, Coulby Newham. Owner Mel Crockett is 4th from the right. 

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