Only 23 years of age, young Alex Panos won the prestigious Barber of the Year Award at the recent National Hairdressers Federation (NHF) Awards. The NHF is the UK’s largest trade association for hairdressing, barbering and beauty salon owners. The NHF Awards celebrate the best in the hair and beauty businesses.
At a glittering ceremony in Cardiff, nominees and guests were welcomed with a sparkling reception, a red-carpet black-tie dinner and a catwalk showcasing the work of some of the previous year’s winners.
Then came the big announcements of the night as the ceremony crowned this year’s winners – with Alex Panos of Windsor Barbers, Cardiff scooping the coveted NHF Barber of the Year.
“It’s a great honour to receive this award. And it’s testament to the professionalism and skill of all those at Windsor Barbers. The training I’ve received there has been the best in the business, and I’m proud and delighted it’s been recognised with this award,” said Alex.
Winners of the awards were selected by the people of Wales who were able to vote for their chosen business after a list of nominees was drawn up by an expert panel of judges.
As NHF President, Agnes Leonard explains, “The number of entries we received exceeded all of our expectations, as did the number of votes we received from the people of Wales who selected which business they wanted to win. Winning an NHF Welsh Award is a huge achievement for a hair and beauty business, so we would like to congratulate all of our winners for their hard work and determination – we hope that their businesses continue to thrive as a result!”
Needless to say, Paul Harris, Director of Windsor Barbers are delighted with the recognition Alex, and the salon, has received.
“All of us at Windsor Barbers would like to congratulate Alex on winning Barber of the Year. His hard work has paid off, and he should be proud of what he’s achieved. Alex came to us two years ago and has gone from strength to strength in that time.”
As well as being a celebrity favourite, Windsor Barbers is a working and teaching salon. The Windsor Barbers Academy has developed a reputation for excellence, providing a dynamic and creative environment for local, national and international students to learn.
“At the Private Academy, we love to share our knowledge with experienced and non-experienced students and give them the qualifications they need to succeed at whatever level they choose,” said Sarah Harris, Artistic Director of Windsor Barbers. “As well as hairdressing and barbering skills, we teach our students how to work smart with innovative sales and marketing techniques to help them embark on financially rewarding careers.”