Keep The Barbery Open

by The Barbery in London, England, United Kingdom

Total raised £10,864

raised so far



Our young small business has suffered severely from two lockdowns and an unsupportive landlord. I want to fight on to stay open.

by The Barbery in London, England, United Kingdom

We're still collecting donations

On the 22nd December 2020 we'd raised £10,864 with 77 supporters in 28 days. But as every pound matters, we're continuing to collect donations from supporters.

 New stretch target

Further secure our future by allocating rent for a total of six months and repaying the loan we had to take out to remain open April to August 2020. In case any cash is left over we would like to expand our services in the following way:

  • Purchase equipment needed for in-depth scalp analyses and hair thinning treatments and train the staff in these two services.  
  • Training for the team in additional wellness-related services such as head massage and hand reflexology.






A Vision - Barbering, But Not As You Know It 

In December 2018, using my lifetime savings, I launched The Barbery, a small barbershop dedicated to organic hair and scalp health. 

Based in Southwark, South East London, my vision was to create a contemporary high-end barbers, using biodynamic organic products with strong sustainability credentials. I created a space where not only did we deliver excellent treatments but also where we could slow a client’s heart rate, so that they departed much more relaxed than when they arrived. 

For the past 24 months I have worked ceaselessly (including too many sleepless nights) to establish and grow the business into what it is today. I am proud of what we have achieved so far. Ongoing client feedback and reviews (see Google Business reviews) speak for themselves and whilst we remain small, I believe we punch above our weight. 

At the point of the first lockdown, The Barbery was only 14 months old. Without large cash reserves to draw from, we accessed essential financial support (in the form of a Government grant) and a business loan to assist with our rent and then, in July, to make ourselves COVID-safe in order to encourage clients to return.

Given our average appointment numbers were down 48% post-lockdown, I am pleased that we have survived the past eight months, thankfully, with no known COVID-19 cases reported.

Survival, however, would not have been possible without that funding and some really challenging cost-cutting changes, including saying goodbye to some colleagues and reducing the number of days we opened, which severely impacted my self-employed team’s earnings.

The announcement of the second lockdown was another blow and has halted the small signs of recovery The Barbery saw from July. The Government’s ever-changing advice and conflicting policy impacts public confidence and makes it incredibly difficult for service-related businesses to plan their strategy for re-opening. Our resilience is wearing very thin.

Staying Open

In this extremely difficult situation, I am trying to raise enough funds to keep our doors open; which means, pay our (non-discounted) rent and continue our marketing efforts for another six months whilst we strive to treat returning clients and procure new ones. 

This fresh funding is for my young team, all carefully selected for their skill, experience and passion. They have contributed immensely to my vision; I want to keep them in the jobs they love and give The Barbery a fighting chance to recover and eventually thrive. 

According to a recent client survey, there is plenty of appetite for additional wellness-related products and services. I have the drive, excitement and dedicated team to deliver these in future but we cannot do so unless we remain open.    

We are a valuable addition to our small Southwark business community and having a commercial unit on Webber Street stand empty would be a terrible shame. 

Crowdfunder and The Mayor of London are offering this platform to allow small businesses to raise funds by pre-selling treatments and experiences for cash,         based on a trusted promise to redeem these at a later date. Please participate.

Thank you for your support.

Charl Ackerman
Founder and Manager of The Barbery

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This project offered rewards

£50 or more

Get Great at Listening

When it comes to mental health we know how important it is to talk. Have you given thought to the importance of listening and the impact this has on the person talking? From Dana's Diploma in Counselling she will present The Art of Being a Good Listener. There is more to it than you might think and small changes can make a big difference. Help a loved one's mental health by listening the correct way.

£25 or more

Become a Blow-dry Expert

A 20 minute masterclass for you and a friend / partner in blow-drying with Cheyleigh. Learn the tricks your barber uses to get your style perfect every time. No, it does not have to take as long as you think. Yes, you can train your hair into that style you have always wanted. PLEDGE NOW> CLAIM LATER

£25 or more

Own the The Barbery Blend

For a £25 donation for two week total control over which ingredients go into The Barbery Blend. You also get to name the drink - you chance of fame at last?

£28 or more

Master Your Styling

We'll reward you with a consultation, with your preferred barber, on how to choose the right styling product and how to correctly apply it to ensure you get the most from your investment. PLEDGE NOW> CLAIM LATER

£38 or more

Know Your Recommended Skincare Routine

Learn the basic weekly steps to help your skin look vibrant and fight the signs of ageing, including tricks for damage-limitation after those late nights.

£40 or more

Loving the Safety Razor + Free OWAY Shave Cream

Damian will be sharing the fundamentals of using a safety razor incl. how to pick up and insert the blade, preparing the skin (there is a secret to using that brush!), the razor's ideal angle and skincare afterwards. Take home an OWAY Softening Shave Cream worth £24. OWAY or Muhle Organic Safety Razors available to buy at cost.

£55 or more

Three Complimentary Haeckels Skin Refining Facials

Added onto any other three treatments, this is your chance to be alone with your own thoughts or simply nod off for a micro nap. Marine Facial Cleanser cleanses the skin from pollution, bacteria and dirt. The Refining Powder formulation (Zeolite extracts impurities whilst Seaweed replenishes the skin) follows before hot and cold towels. Eco Marine Cream and Rosehip + Seaweed Suspension serum provide moisture. All products by Haeckels. From 1/3/21

£75 or more

Hairs Thinning? An In-depth Scalp Analysis

Your scalp can tell many secrets. An in-depth scalp analysis using OWAY's Tricho-derm profiler with HD images of your scalp, magnified by up to 1,000 times. These will show the scalp's condition and also the hair concentration and thickness - are your hairs thinning, where and how much? Are fallen hairs being replaced by new ones? Come find out. PLEDGE NOW> CLAIM LAT

£99 or more

Buy Two Haircuts Get The Third Half Price

Save on a haircut and protect yourself from a 2021 price increase. Pay now for two haircuts and receive your third at half price. Please note this reward can be redeemed from 1 June 2021 onwards.

£105 or more

Third Age-Defying Biodynamic Facial Half Price

Buy 2 Facials, get the 3rd Half Price. Your face is cleansed and gently exfoliated using Marine Cleanser and Seaweed + Salicylic Powder. For 15 minutes, enjoy the benefits of biodynamic nut, organic chia and green clay in your mask before the closing of pores with De-Stress Tonic Potion containing Echinacea and Alpine Skullcap. Marine Face Cream and Repair Serum moisturises your face, neck and eye area to complete this rejuvenating treatment.

£60 or more

Four Complimentary Haeckels Skin Refining Facials

Added onto any other four treatments, this is your chance to be alone with your own thoughts. Or simply nod off into a micro nap. The facial comprises a cleanse, exfoliation, natural extraction and replenishing of skin cells. All products by Haeckels.

£120 or more

Buy Three Haircuts Get The Fourth Half Price

Pay now for three haircuts and receive your fourth at half price. Please note this reward can only be redeemed from 1 June 2021 onwards.

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