Bedford College linked to Sainsbury’s success story

Tuesday 17 November 2015

Bedford College has helped a former student train his staff in readiness for the launch of a new business deal linked to Sainsbury’s.

Young barber business owner Zak Resinato, 28, has signed a deal which could see him open Jagged Edge Barbers at a number of Sainsbury’s store sites.

Zak's ambition to open barber pods at retail parks across the UK matched up with the supermarket giant's plans to offer customers a wider range of products and services in its larger supermarkets.

After showcasing his plans at a national retail exhibition, Zak and Sainsbury's cut a deal.

Said Zak, who started working at his father's barber's shop as a Saturday boy at 15 and now runs outlets at Bedford, Sandy, Clapham and the Kempston Interchange Retail Park said: "This is premiership league stuff. We have had to prove we can up our game and have the team to deliver quality barbering again and again.”

The first of the new look pods was unveiled at the Kempston Interchange, home ground for the Bedfordshire businessman. The first Sainsbury’s site will be at Stevenage and will be opening within the next few weeks.

“The pods will be purpose-designed, built off site and replicated again and again,” said Zak who is a Sassoon-trained stylist as well as barber,

“The key to success is getting and keeping the right staff who can deliver the right styles and provide great customer service.

“Thanks to the support of Bedford College and its Brooks training professionals we have our own academy turning out trained barbers. The first squad are already out there and working, the next are being recruited now. It’s an exciting time for everyone.”

Find out more about Bedford College's Hair, Beauty & Holistic Therapies courses, or Brooks Hair & Beauty salon

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