A fleet of mobile barbershops has landed in Greater Manchester, offering haircuts, beard trims and a safe space to talk about mental health.
TRIM-IT is the UK’s first app-powered mobile barbershop service, and after first launching in London has now made its way up north, partnering with a network of local barbers.
You can order a barber to your home, office or even the gym using the app or the website, with a fully heated barbershop-on-wheels coming straight to you.
Each one-on-one experience, with a barber of your choice, includes a full service and complimentary product, depending on stock.
As well as helping local barbers to build their own businesses, TRIM-IT has partnered with men’s personal care brand Harry’s, who stock the mobile barbershops with products and connect TRIM-IT with Shout, a support service that provides mental health training to the barbers.
It means that you can get a fresh trim, wherever you are in Manchester, as well as a space where you can open up.
Richard, one of TRIM-IT’s barber partners, said: “Manchester being my home and birthplace, knowing how amazing Mancs are as people, I knew they would love this concept and embrace it so much.
“Barbering is such an amazing service – to give one person a service where they can relax, take the stresses of day to day life off their shoulders.
“Get to the end and they almost become a different person with a smile on their face, feel great about themselves and to just be able to cheer someone up or just give them a good conversation.
“Giving something back has been something that I wanted to do and have done in the past in terms of trying to give back a little bit, especially around this time of year because I know a lot of lads do struggle.
“Personally, I went through some difficulties when I left the military myself, I really struggled with a lot of things, so basically when I moved back to Salford the Royal British Legion helped me out quite a lot and did quite a lot for me so being in a position where I can give back now is a big thing.”
Another barber partner, Abdul, said: “It’s not just a barbershop, it’s a place I like to make people feel safe, comfortable and relaxed.
“I’ve always found speaking to a stranger about mental health is easier than a family member.
“I’m all ears and my barber van door is alway open for those struggling to speak out.”
In addition to that, 50 fashion students from Manchester Metropolitan University were invited to work backstage at the Chanel show, dressing models and supporting rehearsals.
Council Leader Cllr Bev Craig said: “The Chanel event is one of the highlights in the global fashion calendar and the choice of Manchester as the host city received international acclaim.
“But for us it was never about the glitz and glamour – events such as this help cement Manchester’s reputation on a global stage and come with both direct benefits, through the money spent within our economy while they are here but also indirect benefits by showcasing the city and helping to capture investment, jobs, visitors and attention, all of which open up opportunities for Manchester residents and communities.”
Victoria Braddock, Managing Director of Marketing Manchester, said: “The scale of the impact of the Chanel Métiers d’art show in Manchester will be felt for years to come.
“The global media coverage of the event has put a spotlight on Manchester and its rich heritage in textiles and home of iconic music, which will drive conversations about the city and bring new visitors.
“The £8m economic impact is a welcome boost across accommodation, restaurants, and attractions, and demonstrates the importance of global events in the city.”
Sarah Boyd, managing director of Sephora UK, said: “We are extremely excited to bring Sephora to Manchester, one of the most vibrant cities for beauty in the UK.
“Expanding our presence beyond London is something that consumers have been screaming out for, and we are listening hard to them when deciding where to go next.
“The Trafford Centre, known for its iconic atmosphere and diverse retail offering, is the perfect location for our third store.”
Russell Loveland, managing director at Pradera Lateral – Trafford Centre’s Asset Managers, said: “This iconic beauty giant already has a cult following, and our own social media has been blowing up with enquiries from excited customers eager for Sephora to open.
“We are very proud Sephora chose the Trafford Centre for its next location, which will be its first store in the North of England, and know it will be a fantastic success and a great addition to our strong international brand lineup.”
One person commented on Sephora’s Instagram post: “This is the best news I’ve heard all year!”
Another said: “OMG ITS HAPPENING, STAY CALM”
And someone wrote on Trafford Centre’s post: “Omg omg can’t wait.”