Case Studies

Wedge Salon

Wedge Salon
177 Caledonian Rd
London N1 0SL 
t. 020 7833 2228

Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10-8pm

(Ony Okosa and Wedge owner Sarah Desrosier)

Sarah Desrosiers has always dreamed of owning her own upscale hairdressing salon, but she knew that as a first time
entrepreneur she would need some assistance in getting started. It was at Centa that Sarah received first-rate business
planning, information on market trends and mentoring for her new business on Caledonian Road in Kings Cross: Wedge.

Business Consultant Ony Okosa helped Sarah’s dream come true by raising £12,000 for the start up.

Sarah’s background includes 15 years at a salon in Portobello, where she gained a loyal client base, yet it had always
been her ambition to become an entrepreneur and launch her own venture. With Ony’s expertise Sarah was able to realise
her dream when she unveiled a one-stop shop for hairdressing, eyebrow shaping, colouring and hair extensions in March
2006. Working women can benefit from a central location (5 minutes from Kings Cross), extended business hours and
internet access while you wait.

Clients can relax in a “modern, vibrant and trendy” where Sarah’s staff delivers an “excellent service, quality products
at an acceptable price.” Alongside competent staff and a solid client demand, this salon holds great potential for the future.

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Teamtouch Unisex Salon






Teamtouch Unisex Salon
214 Kilburn Burn High Road 
London NW6 4JH
t. 020 7372 7774

Patricia Tagbajumi has always dreamed of opening up her own business and, after receiving mentoring and one-to-one
advice from Ony Okosa , she is delighted to now be her own boss.

Patricia really does have the cutting edge when it comes to hairdressing; offering her customers a range of Afro-Caribbean
and European hairstyles including everything from cuts, perms, and colours to nails, skin care, massage, and beauty
therapy. Patricia said: “Although the focus of Teamtouch Unisex Salon is hair services, we do offer our clients the
convenience of these other services in one location. Our business atmosphere is a relaxing one where clients can kick
back and be pampered, so I am hoping to attract a lot of customers."

The salon is located at 214 Kilburn Burn High Road NW6 4JH, covering the upper part and the lower parts of Kilburn,
West Hampstead, Brondesbury, Willesden and Cricklewood. The location is strategically situated on one of the busiest
streets in Kilburn which is a high profile area, with easy access to all London transport and parking.

"My business adviser, Ony has provided me with a great deal of help and support and I would strongly recommend other
people who are looking to start up in business, to access her services."

(Left to right: Centa's own Ony Okosa with client Patricia Tagbajumi, Ony Okosa getting the full treatment makeover)

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Tam and Rob



Inspired by a lack of stylish ethical clothing, Lucy Robinson and Lucy Tammam set up Tam and Rob in order to give
customers clothing that would be both ethically and aesthetically satisfying. They sell a wide range of clothes aimed
at the 23 to 35 year old women’s wear market. Tam and Rob are a unique because they are ethical in every process,
only uses accredited fair trade suppliers, sources organic cotton, uses organic packaging and offsets the company’s
carbon emissions. They also donate 10% of their profits to projects in UK, Nepal and India. 

Tam and Rob first came to Ony in need of support for start up businesses and funding opportunities. Ony Okosa 
entered them into the National Entrepreneurs Scholarship (NES) programme and  with guidance and support from
their business advisor, Ony Okosa, then completed the course and successfully applied for the £1500 grant. Ony also
raised a further £3500 for Tam and Rob through the LDA start up business project.

“Ony has been fantastic help to our business. She also put us forward for a second grant for start-up businesses in
Camden, and introduced us to lots of people who may also help our business. Centa has been massively supportive
throughout the start up of our business. They have provided us with advice on preparing a business plan, financial
planning and writing a marketing plan.”

Tam and Rob have created two test collections in the last six months that have been extremely successful and all but
sold out. The official launch will be in February 2007 with their Spring collection. Currently a web based company,
Tam and Rob aspire to open a store in central London before the end of year one.

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