Fort barbers ‘blown away’ by award nomination

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A Fort William barber shop has been nominated for a prestigious national award for the third time in its short history.

Co-founded by friends, Sharon Sweeney and Terri Nicolson in March 2017, the outfit scooped the honour in 2018 and were nominated again in 2019.

Terri won Best Men’s Stylist at the event, also in 2019.

Having started out as a duo, the Stag and Buck team have grown over the years. Joined firstly by Nina and then by Cerys  Stag and Buck’s very first apprentice who became the first barber in Fort William to gain her SVQ2 in over 20 years.

The outfit has hosted training events with The Great British Barber Bash alongside Hard Grind and Leah Hayden Cassidy for other barbers and hairdressers locally and further afield to attend.

As well as working hard for the business, the Star and Buck team are very active within the community and have sponsored the local jujitsu team, boxing, rugby and football clubs.

On hearing that her business had been nominated again Sharon said: ‘We are blown away. It’s been a hard few years with the pandemic and like every business we have had to change and adapt to different times.’

Stag and Buck have also supported – and support – a number of charities in the area such as Lochaber Autism Group, Love in a box Lochaber, Men’s Shed and local schools.

The team are also ambassadors of both Barbers Autism Assemble – offering a one-to-one appointment after hours to people that struggle within a busy shop – and also for men’s mental health through The Lions Barber Collective.

This year they hosted Barbersride 2021 to raise funds for The Make-a-wish Foundation in collaboration with Ruezel. Prior to the event Sharon and Terri decided to take their shop to the top of Ben Nevis and cut hair. They raised more than £1,600 for Make-a-Wish but also raised awareness as their story was picked up by national newspapers.

‘We feel we are not just a barbershop, we are part of a community, our clients have become friends and our staff are family,’ said Sharon.

‘We’re really excited to have been nominated for this national award again and can’t thank our customers enough for the support they have given us both in the business and our charity efforts.’

Hosted by Creative Oceanic the Scottish Hair and Beauty Awards has become the leading celebration of hair and beauty professionals operating in Scotland.

‘Our aim is to highlight the strong presence and profitability of the country’s hair and beauty industry and recognise the professionals whose talent, ethos and excellence have put them forward to receive the recognition they deserve,’ said the Awards campaign manager.

Winners of the 10th Scottish Hair and Beauty Awards will be announced at a celebration at The DoubleTree by Hilton in Glasgow on Sunday December 19.