Mike Taylor

Mike has been a barber for over three decades, having opened his first barbershop in Newbury, Berkshire aged 20. His passion, dedication and commitment to craft have 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 the author of the well known barbering education resource book used in all good barbering schools.



    • 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 barber shop 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   
    • 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 five star hotel chain – to train their barbers  
    • Hosted international seminars for L’Oreal in Canada as well as barbering masterclasses for salons across the globe
    • Organiser of Generation Barber a show dedicated to student barbers
    • The man behind The Barbers Voice Podcast
    • Ceo of the Bonds Barbershop chain
    • Ceo Of The Great British Barbering Academy
    • Owner of award winning Mike Taylor Education
    • Winner of best barbering education 2018,2020, 2021finalist 2022, 2023
    • Winner best Business leader 2021
    • Winner best Barbershop Interior 2020 finalist 2018
    • Winner best Team 2020
    • Finalist British Hairdressing Business Awards 2022, 2023