Stanningley-based barber aims to snip away with top award

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Stanningley barber Phil Townend

A West Leeds barber who built up his business after being made redundant from the Armed Forces is hoping to be a cut above the rest and win a top national award.

Philip Nicholas, at Stanningley Bottom, has been shortlisted in the prestigious National Hairdressing Federation Business Award for the category ‘best barbering business’.

The winner of each category in the NHF’s Business Awards will be announced at a dazzling awards evening hosted at the Hilton Manchester Deansgate on Sunday 4 November 2018.

Philip Nicholas owner, Phil Townend, told The Dispatch:

“I am really pleased to be selected as a finalist. I have built Philip Nicholas from scratch after being made redundant from the Armed Forces.

“I knew nothing about the craft of barbering at first but I did know that there was a gap in the market to offer gents something to rival what the ladies have always enjoyed – a bit of a pampering.

“Since re-training as a barber (and businessman) I have focused on the client’s experience, rather than the generally accepted principle of men not wanting much.”

NHF President, Agnes Leonard said:

“What a fantastic achievement for Philip Nicholas to be announced as a finalist in our Business Awards.

“We launched our awards last year to recognise the success of some of the best businesses in the hair and beauty industry. We didn’t think the entries could get any better, but this year they have gone from strength-to-strength, so our expert panel of judges had a tough job making their selections.”

Philip Nicholas is based off Bradford Road, Pudsey.


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