off to Oz

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Front Page - By BEN TRUSLOVE ben.truslove@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk@et­ben­truslove

A BAR­BER has sold his busi­ness on ebay to swap Peter­bor­ough for a life Down Un­der.

Spencer Bates set up Nether­ton Bar­ber­shop, in Led­bury Road, nearly 12 years ago, but de­cided to up sticks and move with his fam­ily to Ade­laide in Australia.

He ad­ver­tised the shop in a range of dif­fer­ent places, but it was a list­ing on the in­ter­net auc­tion site ebay that piqued the in­ter­est of Steve Parker, who moved in last week.

It means Spencer, his wife, Kirsty, son, Isaac (6) and daugh­ter, Sum­mer (2) can move out to the sun-drenched coun­try.

Spencer said: “It has been a hell of a jour­ney. It has taken four and a half years to sort it out.

“We got through the ap­pli­ca­tion process, ini­tially to the east coast, but then they took hair­dress­ing off the skills list. “So we’re now off to Ade­laide. “It’s dif­fi­cult to put your fin­ger on why we love Australia so much. It’s a won­der­ful life­style.

“I’ve got a job lined up al­ready, and I will be fin­ish­ing work much ear­lier than I was here, so I will be able to see the kids much more.

“Of course as it gets nearer we think ‘what are we do­ing? We’ve got a nice life, fam­ily and friends here’ but then we re­mem­ber what we’re go­ing to.”

The fam­ily are now clear­ing out their house in Yax­ley, near Peter­bor­ough, and packing up ready for the move, which they hope will take place at the end of June.

Spencer said Isaac was scared about the move at first and de­clared his fear of sharks, croc­o­diles and pi­ra­nhas.

But af­ter re­as­sur­ances from mum and dad, and the prom­ise of a surf board, he was now ex­cited.

Spencer said it had been tough to say good­bye to his cus­tomers, many of whom he has seen grow up and go to univer­sity.

But he has left the busi­ness in the ca­pa­ble hands of Steve, who has worked as a hair­dresser for 24 years and cur­rently runs a sa­lon in Basildon, Es­sex, which he is plan­ning to sell to con­cen­trate on the busi­ness in Peter­bor­ough.

He said: “I have bought five busi­nesses in the past and never one on ebay.

“Nor­mally it’s done through net­work­ing, –some­one you know or a busi­ness bro­ker.

“I didn’t want to get into a bid­ding process, so I con­tacted Spencer on the day it went on­line and took it from there.

“It’s a fan­tas­tic place. It’s go­ing to take a few months to get to know the cus­tomers.

“I’m mak­ing a few changes, so I hope to con­tinue to grow the busi­ness.”

Steve is now of­fer­ing old-fash­ioned wet shaves us­ing a cut-throat ra­zor, as well as tra­di­tional hair­dress­ing at the shop.

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