South Yorkshire hairdressers make the cut

Annie Minto, of Mint Barbers.
Annie Minto, of Mint Barbers.
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Four South Yorkshire hairdressing apprentices are celebrating make the cut after being shortlisted for a top barber award.

Holly Mallett, David Stocks, Deanna Farnan and Annie Minto were among 12 finalists whittled down from hundreds of hopefuls in the British barber of the year competition.

The contest is run annually by the Employment and Skills Group and aims to find the best young talent currently working in the industry.

Amber Massey, ESG’s head of hair, beauty and barbering, said: “It was fantastic to see South Yorkshire being so well represented in these awards.

“It really is an honour to reach this shortlist stage

“Though none of them were chosen the final winner, these four fabulous apprentices have shown themselves to be some of the best new barbers training in the UK today.

“We’re certain they’re going to go far in their future careers and hope they keep developing their professional skills with further training from ESG.”

Finalist Annie, aged 26, who recently opened her own salon, Mint Barbers, in Penistone, said the competition had been a great experience.

She said: “I’m learning new things everyday doing what I’m doing and have loved my experience in the competition.

“I’ve been in the barbering industry for 10 years and my business has been established for almost a year now, in which time I’ve focused on excelling in my field and growing a great customer base.

“This competition – and particularly being shortlisted – has been such a great boost.

“I really feel I have the drive, passion and creativity to achieve whatever life throws at me now.”