Feb 15 2012 By Michael Russell
Clive Dodd of Clive's Hairdressers on Oldfield Lane South, Greenford.
GREENFORD proved the perfect place for a young hairdresser to set up a successful business 38 years ago.
Now 68, Clive Dodd, owner of Clive’s hairdressers, could have retired three years ago but has chosen to stay at the shop because he loves what he does.
Clive quickly knew the shop, in Oldfield Lane North, was the one for him. He said: “When you buy a house you know if it’s the right one from the first moment in the hall. This one felt right as soon as I walked in.
“It’s a funny thing, I can’t define it but when you find the right place you just know and it’s been the right place for 38 years.”
He was drawn to the area all those years ago because it was busy, with lots of big companies, like Hoover, Lyons-Tetley and Gallahers, whose employees came to the shop for a haircut.
He’s noticed the area change dramatically as these businesses have moved away but still has enough trade to keep the shop alive.
Some of Clive’s most loyal customers have been coming for 38 years. Clive said: “The most enjoyable part of the job is meeting lots of people. Every new customer brings in something new and changes the atmosphere.
“When I started this job 52 years ago I didn’t know how well I’d do but, at the end of the day, having seen all the other professionals who’ve come through the shop, I wouldn’t change place with any of them.”
Clive’s wife has died, but he has two daughters and four grandchildren who he sees regularly. When he’s not visiting his family or hairdressing his passion is his cars.
He said: “I’ve got what I call my toys which I tinker away with. My wife also enjoyed my hobby – she had an old Mercedes which I’ve still got. I’ve got seven classic cars in various stages of being worked on.
“I used to take engines out and re-build them and cut floors out and put new ones in, but at 68 you think ‘do I really want to be doing that anymore?’”