A cut above: Mike first in the UK to be recognised as master barber craftsman

A SNIP: Mike Taylor in his shop Master Barber's in Poole

A SNIP: Mike Taylor in his shop Master Barber's in Poole

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A BARBER has become the first in the UK to be given a plaque recognising him as a ‘master barber craftsman’.

Mike Taylor is on a mission to raise standards in the industry and has an ambition of establishing the UK’s first national barbershop chain.

He received his master barber craftsmen plaque from the Hair Council, which is backed by the government.

Mr Taylor, who has been in the business 23 years, is a director of the British Barbers Association, which was established four years ago and aims to get a national register of barbers.

“Anybody can set up a hairdresser or barbershop, which is disgusting,” he said.

He is hopeful measures will be passed by parliament to set up the register, similar to the national register of hairdressers run by the Hair Council for decades.

“It’s become a big problem especially when barbering’s become so popular. Everyone’s trying to open barbershops,” he said. I love the trade but learn it properly and get proper qualifications.”

He said there were genuine risks in an unregulated industry, including the dangers of hepatitis if blades were not disposed of properly.

“I do think that with your hair, you’re trusting someone and someone should have to meet certain criteria to open their shop and offer their service,” he said.

Mr Taylor runs Master Barbers, a training academy for barbers at Wimborne Road in Poole, with a shop attached.

He will shortly open Bond’s Gentlemen’s Barbershop at 95 Old Christchurch Road in Bournemouth. Innovations will include the facility for customers to book an appointment online.

“The new shop is going to be the best looking barbershop this side of London. I’m really looking forward to opening it,” he said.

He believes the business will be ripe for expansion. “There’s never been a successful barbershop chain in the UK and I’m hoping mine will be the first,” he added.

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11:18am Wed 28 May 14

The Liberal says...

“Anybody can set up a hairdresser or barbershop, which is disgusting”
Well, they don’t have to be qualified, but they do have to apply for a licence from the local authority to check the premises are suitable. Also, if they were unqualified, it would probably be difficult to get insurance. One wonders if existing hairdressers are afraid of a little competition.
[quote]“Anybody can set up a hairdresser or barbershop, which is disgusting”[/quote] Well, they don’t have to be qualified, but they do have to apply for a licence from the local authority to check the premises are suitable. Also, if they were unqualified, it would probably be difficult to get insurance. One wonders if existing hairdressers are afraid of a little competition. The Liberal
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9:29pm Wed 28 May 14

mrbarbertaylor says...

The Liberal, you are wrong! Get your facts right, if you open a hairdressers or barbers you DO NOT have to apply to anybody. If you are not qualified it is easy to get insurance you just pay a bit more.
The Liberal, you are wrong! Get your facts right, if you open a hairdressers or barbers you DO NOT have to apply to anybody. If you are not qualified it is easy to get insurance you just pay a bit more. mrbarbertaylor
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