“A barber shop has always been a key centrepiece of local communities. We want build on these traditional values and give something back,” says Ben.
They aim to have 25 per cent of their workforce as apprentices, and offer a range of events, activities and exhibitions in the evenings. “We want to give local people the opportunity to develop professional skills and a potential career path, as well as get involved with activities and events aimed at making a difference to the local community,” say the pair.
This will be a barber shop with a difference. “We want to create a platform where local people and community figureheads can meet with council staff in a relaxed environment, to discuss local topics, issues and new ideas to support community growth,” say the two cousins.
The shop also has plans to collaborate with the Lambeth College art department, to display local art, and work so people can view local art, and plan to host evening events like storytelling for children, open-mic sessions, and language classes.