A barber’s shop in a post-Brexit Britain

The head of a barbershop chain in Britain’s post-EU bloc will soon begin operating in a new market after the country’s departure from the European Union. 

Vincent’s Barber Shop in Wirral-on-Sea, the first British company to be granted a franchise, will be in charge of cutting hair in the city of Southampton on Monday, when the local government launches its licensing application process. 

“We’ve been working on this for a number of years, and it’s a very big project for us,” Vincent’s chief executive, Nicky Toth, told The Local. 

He said the company was “looking forward to being part of the new world”. 

Vincent’s is one of two businesses in Britain to have its licence revoked due to its involvement in Brexit. 

Other firms including Stew Barbers in Birmingham, Barber’s Barber in Edinburgh, and Vincent Barber Shop were allowed to continue operating under new rules set by the European Commission. 

However, Vincent will only operate under a new franchise scheme, which is likely to mean it will be forced to shut its doors within the next three years. 

Its licence was revoked after it became the first company in Britain since the end of the war to apply for a new one, but the move was overturned by the courts. 

Toth said it was a “great victory” that Vincent was the first to be given a franchise after the UK left the EU, and that the move would allow it to be “more competitive”. 

“There is a lot of uncertainty in the marketplace now, so we have to adapt,” he said. 

British barber shops have been trying to stay open since the referendum, with many having to take on staff from overseas.

The business was established in 1996 and employs more than 1,500 people. 

Stew Barber was the only other British barber in the market before it was forced to close in 2019.

British barbers have traditionally been heavily involved in the tourism industry, but with the country heading into its Brexit divorce negotiations, many are worried about the impact of the decision on their business.