Shipping forecast: hot towels and sharp shaves

Scottish entrepreneurs Usman Mohammed and partner Arti Poddar have converted a shipping container into a barbershop for the second time. The idea for the Guy & Beard barbershops came about after the pair watched TV programmes about houses being made out of shipping containers and owners seeking to live mortgage free.

The majority of the material used in the shop has been reclaimed, recycled or second hand – reclaimed scaffolding timber was used to construct the shelving, for example. The pair aim to open a new barbershop every three to six months. There are also plans to launch an apprenticeship program and training academy.

Usman said: “Converting shipping containers is the ideal choice for us because of its durability and affordability. We are planning to target 24-hour Asdas and Tescos as the idea is to provide a high quality service at an affordable price in a convenient location with free parking,” said Usman. He went onto say that they also have their sights set on big department stores such as Debenhams in Glasgow and the West End.

Arti plans to utilise skills from her care sector background to provide services for the frail and elderly.  “Guy & Beard barbers have been trained to work with clients that are frail and elderly and those with dementia. Our barbers are also great and patient with children. We cut little girls hair as well as boys and offer eyebrow threading for both male and females.”

Guy & Beard currently employs six full time staff and plan to launch their own male grooming product range early next year.

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