2018 Finalists

Thank you to all the people that entered!

Best Apprentice sponsored by Wahl

There’s some growing talent out there and our Judges wanted to hear about the learner that is on track for greatness and on fire for their industry. The individual that goes above and beyond in dedication, passion and attention-to-detail and is clearly on track to rise to the top.

Finalists

  • George Lawrence, Gershwins
  • Isaac Wilson, Capelli’s Barbers
  • Jayden Bayford, MR Barbers, Cambridge
  • Josh Brodie-Browne, Vintage Avenue
  • Michael Grazioli, Envy Barbers

The winner will take home a handsome handmade trophy and a personalised engraved Wahl Clipper and a spot on six Wahl Academy courses in Herne Bay.

Best Shop Interior sponsored by Takara Belmont

Handsome, fit-for-purpose, interesting and enjoyable. This category celebrates the best in high impact barbershop interiors that customers don’t want to leave.

Finalists

  • Blades Barbershop, Wakefield
  • Bonds Barbers, Poole
  • Braids Barbers, Leamington Spa
  • Cut & Grind, Covent Garden
  • The Barber Club, Brighton

The winner will take home a handsome handmade trophy and a premium hot towel cabinet from Takara Belmont.

Best Innovation sponsored by Shortcuts

This wildcard category can be anything from a marketing promotion to a gadget. It just needed to make the judges go ‘wow’ and be sourced from the mind of a practicing barber.

Finalists

  • Armour to Barber
  • The Barber Agency
  • The Lions Barber Collective

The winner will take home a handsome handmade trophy and a brand new iPad from Shortcuts.

Best Team sponsored by Aston & Fincher

Many barbershops refer to themselves as a ‘barber family’. This category showcases the unbreakable bonds and the unified strength that together make a successful business that supports and delights a community and clientele.

Finalists

  • Gentleman & Rogues Club
  • Hard Grind
  • HOB Man
  • MINT
  • Mr Barbers

The winner will take home a handsome handmade trophy and a Valera 1955 Classic Dryer and a selection of Triumph & Disaster products worth £149.95.

Best Customer Service Experience sponsored by Salon Services

It takes dedication and passion to create the very best client experience and we wanted to hear from the shops that make every customer feel like a King. Our judges were blown away by the ways in which our finalists delighted their clients.

Finalists

  • 18Fourteen Male Grooming
  • Andy’s Barbers, Bicester
  • Barbertown Worcester
  • Envy Barbers
  • Grizzly’s Male Hair Salon

The winner will take home a handsome handmade trophy and a Lomond Barber Chair from Salon Services.

Best Training sponsored by Denman

It all starts here! This category was about highlighting the training either of an Academy or a shop that delivers superior standard skills into the hands of new and experienced barbers. We wanted to hear about the qualifications, methods and success rates that are helping to protect our industry standards.

Finalists

  • Andy’s Barbers, Bicester
  • Envy Barbers
  • Menspire
  • Mike Taylor Education
  • Sid Sottung Academy

The winner will take home a handsome handmade trophy and a Panasonic GP80 clipper valued at £210 from Jack Dean/Denman.

Best Business Leader sponsored by  NHF

Leadership qualities can manifest in the leaders of businesses both large and small. This category celebrates the barbers with vision, purpose, commitment, tenacity and commercial strength.

Finalists

  • Andy’s Barbers, Bicester
  • Company of Master Barbers
  • Gould Barbers
  • Headcase Barbers
  • MR Barbers

The winner will take home a handsome handmade trophy and a year’s free membership to the NHF.

Best Body of Work sponsored by American Crew

This category celebrates the day-to-day brilliance from the shop floor. Any barber with a smartphone or camera and a will to win could enter their work. Finalist’s images are displayed in the ‘American Crew Gallery’.

  • Joe Cartmel
  • Jonathan Bourne
  • Josh Lamonaca
  • Mercedes Paginton
  • Tommy Court

The winner will take home a handsome handmade trophy and an all-expenses paid trip to Barcelona to join the American Crew Global Conference 3rd/4th June 2018

Best Photographic Entry sponsored by American Crew

Judges were looking for the image that captures the essence of the current industry. It needed to be an image that demonstrated technical barbering excellence but also inspired the Judges. Finalist’s images are displayed in the ‘American Crew Gallery’.

Finalists

  • Cal Newsome
  • Chris Southern
  • Conor Evans
  • James Williams
  • Thomas Curtis

The winner will take home a handsome handmade trophy and an all-expenses paid trip to Barcelona to join the American Crew Global Conference 3rd/4th June 2018.