Monday 28 September, 2015
"This show is exactly what barbers need and want," said Mike Taylor of the British Barbers' Association when discussing the launch of the BarberUK event which took place in May at the NEC Birmingham
A brand new show, the inaugural BarberUK saw barbering professionals descend on the Midlands to discover what's new in their craft and take part in the industry's leading competitions.
"BarberUK exceeded all expectations! A great exhibition, with a crowd to match. Definitely worth the trip, can't wait till the next one," commented exhibitor Dimitri Matheou of Cronus Barbershop Furniture.
"BarberUK was a fantastic show and proved to be massively beneficial to our brand. There was a great buzz on both days and we will definitely be back in 2016. I'm sure it will only get bigger and better," added Nick Gibbens, PR & Marketing Manager of The Bluebeards Revenge male grooming brand.
"The inaugural BarberUK show offered a stunning new dimension to the well-established Beauty UK event," added Jonathan King of Denman. "The BBA's boxing ring was the talk of the show with throngs of visitors enjoying the “Britain's Best Shave" and "British Pattern Masters" competitions. As an event, BarberUK was hugely impressive given that it was the first year it was held. I can see BarberUK growing and growing."
The British Barbers' Association hosted a number of the industry's leading competitions as part of the BarberUK event, including the BBA Masters, BBA Student of the Year, Britain's Best Shave and Pattern Masters.
Colin Danks was named Classic Master, with Jamie Dunning crowned Creative Master. This year's Pattern Masters winner was decided as Kade Burgess, and Luigi Caterino defeated his rivals in the Boxing Ring to be named Britain's Best Shave champion.
Students were also provided the opportunity to compete, with Sam Bailey crowned BBA Trends Student Barber, Dionne Doyle named BBA Styling Student Barber and Giovanni Tornese winning BBA Classic Student Barber.
BBA Seminar Programme
The BBA Seminar Programme provided barbers and hairstylists the opportunity to learn from some of the industry's greats. Names included Leen & Bertus of the Schorem Barbershop, Erik Lander, Simon Shaw, MK and Chris Foster, all of whom presented dynamic and informative talks and demonstrations, with topics covering the entire barbering sector.
The Seminar Programme proved hugely popular with visitors, with a number of sessions becoming standing room only, and many last-minute ticket purchases made during the show.
BarberUK will return, bigger and better for 2016 on Sunday 22nd and Monday 23rd May, alongside the HairUK event.
Further information along with high resolution images are available from Rachel Wheat at Rachel@BeautyServe.net