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‘Best barber’ rejects overseas job offers - Plans to set up franchise locally

Published:Sunday | April 3, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Sly Scott at work.
Gillian Hyde (right), general manager of JN Small Business Loans, presenting a cheque to Sly Scott after he finished first in the JNSBL Barber and Beauty Challenge last year.

Sly Scott has received many overseas job offers since he won the JN Small Business Loans (JNSBL) Barber and Beauty Challenge, but he says he has no intention of accepting them.

Instead, Scott plans to stay in Jamaica to set up his own operation, which he will grow to become a barber shop franchise and create employment.

"I have received a lot of calls and offers to work in barber establishments in the United States of America, Canada and England," said Scott. "And I even got an offer from as far away as Singapore."

According to Scott, he did not say yes to any of the offers because he wants to start his own business, to provide jobs for other people, and offer quality service to his customers in Jamaica.




Scott, who is based in Westmoreland, won the JNSBL Barber and Beauty Challenge competition, held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in February of last year, ahead of Alrick Parris and Marlon Phillips.

He emerged from the 25 persons who were selected in the voting round via Facebook, and was one of the top six barbers and top six hairdressers who competed in four challenge rounds.

Since then, Scott's services have been in demand. His customers increased, and he has been offered jobs to manage barber shops. But he turned down these offers and did some research about how best to expand his business locally.

"The offer to manage a shop was tempting," he admitted. "But I want to have my own operation. I want to have a full-service salon, which will offer grooming, facial, massage, and also sell products for skincare.

"I have seen the need for those services and I am doing additional research to determine how best I can go about creating that type of business," said Scott.

The idea to become an entrepreneur has always been one of his dreams; however, it was the JNSBL competition which gave him the confidence to start doing his investigation about how best to approach it.

Reflecting on the competition, Gillian Hyde, general manager of JNSBL, said, "The Barber and Beauty Challenge provided participants, such as Scott, with the exposure and incentive to expand their entrepreneurial abilities."