A Melksham-born hairdresser’s rapid ascent through the male grooming industry has culminated in his salon being nominated for three national industry awards, despite only having been open for eight months. Daniel Rymer Male Grooming has been nominated for male grooming awards from Salon Business Magazine, Hairdressers Journal, and Creative Head Magazine.

Mr Rymer, 32, a former pupil at George Ward School, grew up knowing about hairdressing as his mother Vanessa Robinson ran the Base salon in Bowerhill, but he only decided to dedicate his career to it after studying product design at university. He felt he did not want to spend his career stuck behind a computer, so opted to retrain as a hairdresser in Manchester.

He then established himself as a freelance men’s stylist and was signed by a London agency. He spent several years working styling the hair of musicians and celebrities, before he decided to open his own salon in Bristol in November.

He said: "The brand is aimed at discerning men who want the latest look, but also a salon experience that’s both flexible and personal."

He feels the key to his success is combining his creativity with business acumen. "Showing that we are a serious business contender is important for us, we are naturally known for our creativity as hairdressers, but the art of commerce is key to any successful business, and we are delighted to be recognised by Hairdressers Journal’s.

"It’s a great hair day for us and our team to shine within such a massive industry."

He now has to wait until September to learn how he has got on in two of the contests, having missed out in the Salon Business magazine award.