Kevin one of first accredited barbers

Kevin of The Burning Blade with his BBA Accreditation. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG041012-222NG
Kevin of The Burning Blade with his BBA Accreditation. Photo (NIKKI GRIFFIN): SG041012-222NG
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Spalding barber Kevin Batten is one of the first to be accredited under a new national scheme aimed at guaranteeing professional standards.

Kevin’s salon – The Burning Blade in Red Lion Street – now belongs to the new British Barbers’ Association Accreditation Scheme.

He said: “I’ve got 20 years’ experience in the job and qualified and worked in female hairdressing before switching to barbering 10 years ago.

“I was sorry to find that while the women’s side is quite well regulated, the guys are not so well protected.

“Basically anyone could set up as a barber, qualified or not, and nobody would be any the wiser.

“So I welcome this move by the BBA and am glad to be one of the first salons to gain accreditation.”

Kevin, who gained experience in salons up and down the country, used to work at Image International in Spalding before he became a barber.

He launched The Burning Blade in the former Palfords jewellers’ shop four years ago.

He has trained in cut-throat shaving which is undergoing a revival, but is too busy to offer it as well as haircuts and hair design while he remains a one-man band.

BBA director Michael Taylor said: “With the influx of unqualified barbers it’important that the public has a means to identify professional barbering enterprises.

“That’s what our Accreditation Scheme provides.