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Stephen Hugh Martin

House Martin
Glasgow, United Kingdom

Stephen is the founder and owner of House Martin, carrying his family's history of barbering forward with it. Looking to build on the unique and distinctive feel of House Martin, winning 'Best Barbers' at the 2015 Scottish Hair and Beauty Awards

60-Second Interview

Please give your name and then say who was your biggest hero when you were younger?
Stephen Hugh Martin - My hero growing up (apart from Henrik Larsson) was my dad. He has a barbering business as well and showed it is possible to be really successful in this industry.
What initially attracted you to enterprise?
I always wanted to work with people and it was the resources I had available to me. It's a really sociable trade.
Can you tell us about the first £10 you ever made?
The first money I ever made legitimately was my first job in a call centre when I was 17. I blew my whole first pay check in like 2 hours buying stuff. That then thought me how to properly use money, it's not always easy!
What has been your biggest challenge so far with your business?
There are plenty of challenges but one thing I still struggle with is delegation. It's hard not to try to do everything yourself.
Who is it that keeps you going through any tough times?
I always look back at where we were as a business 2 months ago. It reminds us of the progress we've made.
What is it that gets you out of your bed in the morning?
It's honestly not hard, I've made a barber shop that I would want to go to and as a result I get to work in my ideal shop everyday.
How do you define success?
Probably the most obvious answer but I think success is when you can make a living off of what you want and chose to do.
Where do you see your business in 5 years’ time?
Ooft. Hopefully a few extra branches of the store and expanded product range.
If you could give your “teenage self” one piece of advice, what would it be?
Stop trying to please other people and do what you actually want. Stop slouching!
If you could have any 1 person on your business contact list who would that person be and why?
Well it would have to be the most stylish footballer with a haircut that everyone wants. Henrik Larsson!