The Gould Barbers team pictured at the opening of the Lynn Hardwick store. Picture: Paul Tibbs
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Two brothers have proved a cut above the rest after teaming-up with supermarket giant Tesco to open seven new barbers shops.

Darran and Leigh Gould are set to open branches within some of the supermarket’s stores countrywide from November to January, creating around 40 new jobs.

Six Gould Barbers are set to open before Christmas at stores in Gaywood, Wisbech, Cambridge, Huntingdon, Chesterfield and Baldock.

Another shop is set to open in Basildon, Essex, in January.

Darran, 41, said: “After six months’ trading at the Hardwick store in King’s Lynn, we were invited to Tesco’s head office.”

Leigh added: “They liked what they saw, the main thing being we are a family shop and we cater for everyone.”

The brothers learned the trade from their father, Marcus, and they worked for him at Boulton Seymour of London Barbers in Lynn’s St James Street for 20 years.

They opened their first business together in Gaywood in 2013, but the branch will close in December when the new shop opens in the nearby Tesco.

Their three shops, including a branch in Downham Market, employ a total of 23 people and the brothers are shortly looking to recruit around 40 staff to work in the seven new branches.

Darran said: “Recruitment really is our biggest challenge at the moment, we need experienced barbers, apprentices or unisex hairdressers we can train up.”

A spokesman for Tesco added: “This is a particularly  important partnership for us as we have been able to work with a small family start-up and help support them in building their business at the same time as bringing more services in-store to our customers.”

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