AN independent barber has expanded to open a new shop in Amesbury.

Besmir Peposhi, owner of B-Cuts, said he was "too nervous" to cut the first client's hair, a familiar feeling which began two and a half years ago when he opened his first shop in Salisbury's Cross Keys Shopping Centre.

A line of roughly eight people, with one client queuing 30 minutes before the shop opened, trailed down Salisbury Street for the 23-year-old's first day trading on Saturday, May 18.

Experienced barber Alex, who has worked in the industry for 15 years, was called in to help with the launch but Besmir and Elian will work full time in the new shop.

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The Salisbury shop was seeing lots of soldiers who had travelled from army bases near Amesbury as they felt as though there were no barbershops nearby offering what they desired.

To relieve the busy city centre shop and offer a chance for new customers to try B-Cuts, Besmir decided to open a shop in Amesbury with help from his wife Sara-Jade and brother Albert shortly after moving to the town.

Salisbury Journal: Mr Peposhi opened B-Cuts Amesbury on Saturday, May 18.Mr Peposhi opened B-Cuts Amesbury on Saturday, May 18. (Image: Newsquest)

Several barbershops now occupy retail space in the centre of Amesbury but Besmir is not afraid of competition, he said: "Competition is good. There are lots of barbers to choose from but you know where the best is - only B-Cuts.

"Once you come in, you'll never look back for another barbershop."

The business has grown to employ five barbers and last September B-Cuts was named the 'best barbers in Wiltshire' at Englands Business Awards.

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Now with two shops under his wing, Besmir has admitted he never thought he'd even have a single barber working for him.

"When we first opened it was very quiet, sometimes I was only doing one customer a day," he said.

"A client asked me when I opened in Salisbury whether I thought about giving up and I didn't. I always wanted to do something for myself."

Salisbury Journal: Two full-time barbers work at B-Cuts Amesbury.Two full-time barbers work at B-Cuts Amesbury. (Image: Newsquest)

Besmir had years of experience in the industry before going solo but the barbers at the shop he worked at before opening B-Cuts were not treated well.

This spurred him on to make something to call his own and "treat the boys how they are supposed to be treated".

While no military discount is offered as Besmir wanted everyone to be "treated fairly", clients can take advantage of a loyalty card which earns them a free haircut after paying five times.

B-Cuts Amesbury is open every day of the week.