Meet Mike Taylor – A stalwart of British barbering

Mike Taylor has been a barber for over 25 years, having opened his first barbershop in Newbury, Berkshire aged 20.

His passion, dedication and commitment to the craft has seen him establish a successful network of independent barber shops across the South of England.

When not behind the chair in his barbershop in Bournemouth, Mike teaches and assesses barbering NVQ 2 and 3 and delivers training for short barbering courses either at his training academy in Poole or at
colleges and salons across the UK.

Passionate about his profession and a stalwart of British barbering, Mike has unending enthusiasm and energy for teaching and raising standards in the UK barbering industry.

Mike co-founded the British Barbers’ Association, a trade organisation dedicated to offering support, advice, products, marketing and financial services, training and competitions exclusively to barbers and men’s hairdressers in the UK.

Mike is also a board member of the Hairdressing Council and Barbering Council – the only government backed trade organisation whose campaign is to raise standards and make the barbering industry self-regulated.

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Mike founded the British Barbers’ Association


Awarded Master Craftsman status by the Hairdressing Council; the first ever barber to receive the accolade.

Working with the British Barbers’ Association (BBA), VTCT, Habia and Trailblazers.

Presenting and hosting stage work at major industry exhibitions and events.

Training and assessing at his dedicated training academy in Poole, Dorset – a genuine barbershop environment.

Playing an active part in industry discussion groups steering the development and education of barbering

Co-author of the new NOS standards for Barbering NVQ 2 and 3.

Board member of the Barber Council, designed to promote and campaign to get barbers and barbershops licensed.

Production of a barbering training DVD for colleges and training providers in conjunction with the BBA and VTCT.

Tutored at the prestigious Mandarin Oriental,Hong Kong – a global fivestar hotel chain – to train their barbers.

Hosted international seminars for L’Oreal in Canada as well as barbering masterclasses for salons across the globe.