Useful Stuff

Old fashioned shaving bowl and shaving brush on display at a barber shop


The British Barbers Association

The British Barbers Association (BBA) is the leading association for the barbering industry in the UK.
Supporting barbers, male grooming salons and men's hairdressers across the country, the BBA works with government-appointed organisations and agencies to ensure the development of high-quality training and qualifications.

Great British Barbering Academy

The Great British Barbering Academy’s courses cover every aspect of barbering and are designed to elevate your skills to the next level: hot towel treatments, traditional wet shaves, clipper and scissor techniques, current hairstyles and beard shaping; you’ll cover it all.

National Hairdressers’ Federation Limited

The NHF is the UK’s largest trade association for hairdressing, barbering and beauty salon owners.  The aim is to help members build successful, profitable and sustainable businesses.

The Barber Council

The Barber Council was established in 2014. It is part of The Hair Council which is the statutory body established by The Hairdressing Act (1964) and tasked by Government to maintain a register of hairdressers and barbers in the UK.

Starting The Game...

Hairdresser Registration License

Check with your local council to find out if you need to register to run a business as a hairdresser or barber in England.

You may have to register with your local council so that they can check you’re following health and safety rules. They may charge you a fee and inspect your premises before they give you a certificate of registration. If you do need to register, you’ll need to display a copy of your certificate where it can be easily seen by your customers. Your council will also tell if you need to display a copy of any local bylaws.


BarberSure was created through consultation with the British Barbers Association (BBA) on behalf of its members and experienced insurance professionals AEON Financial Services Ltd.

BarberSure Provide insurance solutions to Barbershop owners and freelance barbers.

The Hairdressing & Beauty Suppliers Association

The HBSA membership is comprised of manufacturers, distributors and wholesalers for the professional Hairdressing and Beauty industry.

British Safety Council

The British Safety Council is dedicated to making sure no-one is injured or made ill at work. With a global network of health and safety professionals, The British Safety Council provide a range of courses designed to keep you and your employees safe from harm.

Barber at work with his styling tools at a barber shop cutting a customers hair
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The Brands That Maketh The Man


Andis is a family-held business founded in 1922 and a leading manufacturer of handheld tools to trim, cut, curl, straighten and dry hair. The company's products are purchased in more than 90 countries by barbers and salon professionals, and they invest time in educating and training the styling industry.

Apothecary 87

Apothecary87 is a real British barber brand for men that know what men want. Apothecary 87 is a specialist in the manly man's grooming products. Check out their range of beard, hair and moustache products including beard oil, moustache wax, hair pomade and combs.

Dapper Dan

Dapper Dan was founded in Sheffield, England in 2011; born of frustration with the less than adequate products available to gentlemen to fulfil their styling needs. The products were developed over a ten year period by professionals in the trade, determined to create a unique and compact styling range.

Dear Barber

Dear Barber is at the forefront of a revolution in the modern, urbane man’s values, in his grooming habits and in his life. They offer a traditional, vintage grooming experience, with a contemporary twist.


The Artero family founded the Company in 1909 and today Alex and Edu Artero – director of the company – are the great-grandsons of the founder Pascual Artero. The main specialisation of Artero is the professional tools and accessories for hairdressers, but are constantly expanding the range, in order to become more recognisable and a more respected brand name outside Spain. And so the arrival of ARTERO UK under the direction of Charles Carr based in Scotland.

The ARTERO brand is all about top quality, ergonomic design, comfort and ease of use. Great attention is paid to aesthetic design elements from colour and light displays to packing with vintage decor elements.