Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, barbershops in the UK were closed down for over 100 days. Salon suppliers and wholesalers were also shut down and we knew things were going to change in the industry when the final restrictions were lifted and barbers could finally return to work.
In order to reduce the risk of spreading the COVID-19 virus inside barbershops which are now starting to re-open, barbershops have adhered to national guidelines set by the government in order to maintain maximum protection against the virus, which includes all barbers wearing visors, frequent sanitising of customers, tools and screens of the premises as well as social distancing when possible inside the salons.
In an effort to reduce as much contact with the public as possible, we wanted to know if it was possible to pick up all of your salon stocks and requirements online and get them delivered to your door as opposed to taking unnecessary trips out to the local suppliers.
In this time, new online wholesale companies have began to emerge, a sign of the times perhaps, trade supply businesses seemingly operating smarter with much lower overheads to the traditional wholesale cash and carry supermarket model.
One of those new businesses we found is Finest Barbers, a new to UK market wholesale company adding value to barbershop owners who have taste for the finer things in life when it comes to barber products, set up by two brothers Scott and Stefan Michaels from Lancaster, Lancashire.
Stefan told us, “We set up Finest Barbers right in the middle of lockdown, as we could see that barbers and hairdressers were going to be shopping online for their hair products more than ever before, using their trade discount benefits to stock popular brands which they then sell on to their clients.
Ordinary people including barbers are already used to limiting the number of times they visit the supermarkets now, organizing online deliveries for their groceries, and barbers shopping for professional hair salon products is no different.
Some barbers have been shopping online for their hair products for years, it’s nothing new, but with what’s going on it’s definitely on the rise. It also appeals to those that prefer to spend their time making money in their shop instead of taking afternoons off to push a trolley around the local hair and beauty wholesalers. We offer free next day delivery straight to your barbershop door, so no need to even worry about the weather, or paying for parking.
We looked at the traditional cash and carry model and thought, we could do a better job online, with more exclusive service and more selective on products, specializing in an array of values specifically designed to help and add value to barbers in areas the competition don’t or can’t as they don’t have the resources, whilst keeping everything super easy and barber friendly.
We decided to make Finest Barbers trade specialists limited, exclusive, only stocking the finest products, for the finest barbers, and as the fight against the virus continues, we are still giving away the finest sanitizer sprays we could find on the market, free with orders.
Whilst this global business is growing, we want to plan to launch Finest Barbers in a whole host of countries by 2021”
Will you be shopping online the next time you need barbershop supplies?
Find out more about Finest Barbers at FinestBarbers.com
Umar Nisar was born and raised in the busy city of Abbottabad. As a journalist, Umar Nisar has contributed to many online publications including PAK Today and the Huffing Post. In regards to academics, Umar Nisar earned a degree in business from the Abbottabad UST, Havelian. Umar Nisar follows the money and covers all aspects of emerging tech here at The Hear Up.