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The beauty of Runcorn Riversides working together

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Published by Roisin Rowley-Smith for Riverside in Communities and also in Education, Housing

A Riverside shop unit in Runcorn, which has been vacant for three years, is to be transformed into a hairdressing and beauty academy.

The social landlord joined forces with Riverside College and Power in Partnership, the local training scheme to boost the job prospects of 16-18 year olds.

Students from Riverside College will be carrying out interior design and refurbishment at the Hillcrest shopping centre unit at Halton Brook, and social landlord, Riverside, will meet the costs.

The academy and salon is set to open in the spring when students will be running the salon as a viable business, aimed at clients in the Runcorn area.

Lorna Hughes, Riverside’s community engagement officer, said: “Students are currently drawing up plans and our contractors, Evolve, will be working with them to install heating and electrics upgrade.”

Riverside has agreed to gift the unit, rent free to begin with, on condition that it becomes a viable social enterprise within its second year.

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