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Mike Taylor co-founded the British Barbers Association because he wanted respect†for his amazing profession. Modern Barber asksÖ

How did the BBA happen?
Barbers are perceived as hairdressingsí poor cousins, so the BBA was created to give†barbers a voice. Itís free to join and has amazing support from leading barber brands.†Plus we work with VTCT and HABIA to improve barber education. We now have 5000†members.

Why should barbers join?
For better pay, better skills, better recognition and an overall better future. Together†we have a bigger voice, one thatís now finally being heard. Plus you get good deals†on products, services, education and regular industry updates.

What are you shouting about?
Anyone can open a barbershop without any training; barbering needs licensing†to raise standards and improve public trust. The Hairdressing Council is currently†working on a dossier to take to Parliament.

Anything else?
Training! Many educators are from unisex salons; we donít have enough educators†with experience in barbering. Students need to see that barbering is different from†hairdressing. Download the HABIA standards and check you college is delivering†them.

Donít you have a day job?
Iím an educator and I have five co-owned barbershops. I work two days a week on†the shop floor.

Whatís next?
Iím working with the VTCT on a series of basic barber training videos, preparing for†the BBA Masters Competition that will again be held at BarberConnect in May. Itís†going to be great.

Follow @britishbarbers, @barberconnect.

Join or compete at britishbarbers.com

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