Joshua Goldsworthy is hoping to follow in his dad’s footsteps after he has made the final of a national hairdressing competition.

The 28-year-old has gained a reputation as one of the country’s leading hairdressers - and has now been confirmed as a finalist at HJ’S British Hairdressing Awards.

He is a stylist at Goldsworthy in Swindon and has been shortlisted in the Wales & South West Hairdresser of the Year category.

Joshua said: “It’s always an amazing feeling to be recognised for doing something you love to do.

“I’m part of the third generation of this family that has worked at the salon and I want to continue making sure the family name keeps on growing along with our reputation as being a well-established place.

“If I win the award it will be a huge honour for me and one which I can add to the accolades Goldsworthy has won as a team.”

He added: “My team and clients make this all worth it.”

Goldsworthy Hairdressing has been going for 57 years and has its own academy, where Joshua helps train and educate trainee stylists.

The senior stylist impressed the judges with his artistic presentation and exceptional skill in cutting, colouring and styling.

He will now be required to submit a further four images to make a collection of eight for the second-round judging in September, before the awards ceremony in November at Grosvenor House Hotel, London.

Jayne Lewis-Orr, executive director of the British Hairdressing Awards, said: “To be named as a finalist in the Wales & South West Hairdresser of Year category highlights just how exceptional Joshua is. Already a name within the industry, with fantastic skill and vision, his reputation precedes him.

“We are always in awe of the brilliance these hairdressers demonstrate as they showcase their collections.

“Britain has long had a world-class reputation for exceptional hair design and Joshua work epitomises this.

“We wish all the finalists the best of luck for the next stage and look forward to seeing them at the awards ceremony in November.”