Charles is the founder of barber shop/grooming brand Crate Cheshire, comprising three salons, a product line and a VTCT training academy.

“My approach to business is to be fair, honest and professional – but to make sure everyone is having fun along the way.”

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Useful advice for your It List entry from Charles

What attracted you into hairdressing in the first place?

Both of my parents work in the industry, and I was lucky enough to grow up seeing how happy they were at work and how much they enjoyed being in the salon. That was all the inspiration I needed!   

What do you love about working in hair?

I love how people can express themselves in different ways through hair. I love the fact we can be the ones to give them the service they are after, a look they love and the confidence to be their best selves.  

What excites you about what your generation is achieving in the hairdressing industry right now?

I love the fact everyone is learning lots of new skills, from hairdressing to barbering, from barbering to becoming colourists. It’s great that people are learning all sides of the industry and fully immersing themselves. 

If you could change one thing about the industry, what would it be?

That’s a tough one. I think fair pay and credit for editorial work is something we should all get behind; session stylists deserve it! 

What ambitions do you have for 2024?

To keep growing our brand, to keep growing our people and creating opportunities for everyone at Crate Cheshire. We are about to launch our brand-new academy and photographic studio, which we are very excited about! Watch this space… 

Any advice for someone thinking about entering the It List 2024?

Just do it. You never know what might happen!

Do you have what it takes to be The Business Builder 2024?

If you’re aged 30 or under, check out this year’s It List competition and submit your entry no later than Monday 20 May.


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