A new barbershop has opened in Blackwood after receiving support from the Caerphilly Business Start-Up Grant.
The Modern Barber, which is located between Blackwood High Street and the market, has been opened by hair stylist Gillian Smith.
Ms Smith, who has returned to south Wales after 28 years living in Channel Islands, said: “I have always wanted to run my own men’s salon.
“This has been a dream for a long time and I am very grateful for the support I have received to help me get this project off the ground.”
The grant scheme is run by Caerphilly County Borough Council in partnership with UK Steel Enterprise (UKSE) and aims to help residents, who are unable to find funding, set up their own businesses.
Cllr Sean Morgan, cabinet member for economy, infrastructure and sustainability, said: “It is fantastic to see this new venture being launched with the help of the council’s Start-Up Grant.
“Working in partnership with UK Steel Enterprise has enabled us to support the development of numerous businesses throughout the borough and we are fully committed to helping those new businesses thrive.
“I would like to wish Gillian and her new business the best of luck for the future.”
Martin Palmer of UKSE said: “We are very pleased to have been able to help Gillian through our Community Support programme, working with the local authority.
“She has an impressive salon and the skills to match and I am confident the business will thrive.”