Bravo barbers

Julian Rahau and Tanya King in the Bravo Barbers caravan.

Meet the Warwick barber using his caravan to win rural business

A hairdresser from Warwick is using a caravan as a mobile hair salon to bring his skillset to small villages in Warwickshire.

Bravo Barbers, owned and run by Julian Rahau, is travelling around the region to give haircuts to people who can’t travel and do not have a hairdresser nearby.

Julian was working as a window cleaner, before a fall from his ladder led him to seek a new career path and now he has set up his own business, after receiving free help and advice from the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, through the Coventry and Warwickshire Business Support Programme.

His mobile hair salon can be seen in villages around Warwick and Leamington Spa – and currently parks up every Monday in Barford to cut gents and ladies hair in the village.

Julian offers services including haircuts, skin fades, hair patterns, threading, waxing and eyelash extensions.

Originally from Romania, Julian moved to the UK three years ago and then to Warwick a year later.

Following his ladder fall, Julian’s landlord introduced him to a hairdresser, who started his training in the profession – before going on to complete a course at Warwickshire College.

Julian said: “I broke my heel when I fell from the ladder and that accident changed my whole perspective on life.

“I’ve always been good with my hands, so I started to train as a hairdresser, took a college course, worked as a barber in a salon and that has got me to this point - where I’m ready to begin my journey with Bravo Barbers.

“I’m going to reach people in areas without a hairdresser – they don’t have to drive or find a parking space, watch the time and be in a rush. They can just walk-in and relax.

“You have to have the courage to take that step but I have always thought myself as an entrepreneur with a lot of creativity.

“The Chamber of Commerce have been with me since the beginning. As well as teaching me about finance, branding, legal and commercial – they helped me to meet people with ambitions similar to mine, developing new contacts and friends through networking.

“I did some start-up training, and then had my own mentor Tanya King, who helped me set it all up, she was brilliant, she recommended some other courses I could attend and helped to further my business development.”

Tanya King, business coach at the Chamber, said: “Julian is providing a fantastic for those in Warwickshire who can’t reach a hairdresser and having his shop in a mobile caravan is very innovative.

“He took on board all the advice we gave regarding legal, finance and branding his business. He had the ambition and now has the tools to go away and get his business started.

“Julian is a very ambitious and determined individual, a great example of what you can achieve if you put in the hard work, and I wish him success going forward with Bravo Barbers.”

The Coventry and Warwickshire Business Support Programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund, in partnership with Coventry City Council, Warwickshire County Council and the District and Borough Councils.