Cheltenham men’s grooming brand donates 20,000 face masks

Hawkins & Brimble Face Masks

Hawkins & Brimble, the Cheltenham-based men’s grooming and skincare brand which has seen huge international success, has donated 20,000  face masks to Gloucestershire NHS.

CEO Stephen Shortt, said: “We are happy to do what we can help the fight against Coronavirus.”

Hawkins & Brimble launched in 2016 when the founder, Stephen Shortt, noticed a lack of natural premium quality men’s grooming and skincare products on the shelves of British supermarkets. In addition, most of the products seem to smell of mint or lemons.

Last year, the company used a £1.3 million finance package from HSBC UK and a private investor to reach new international markets.

By venturing into new international markets, the business is expected to increase its turnover from £3 million to £5 million in the next 12 months.

At the time, David Butler, HSBC UK Business Banking Director for Bristol, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire, said: “Hawkins & Brimble is an inspiring British brand which has tapped into growing demand for men’s grooming products.

“As an innovative and hardworking entrepreneur, we’re incredibly supportive of Stephen’s ambitions to take his products worldwide and have created a tailored finance package which has enabled him to operate on this scale.

“We’re looking forward to watching the brand continue to go from strength-to-strength as it expands globally.”

The funding package from HSBC UK was allocated from the bank’s £550 million SME Fund which supports SMEs across Bristol, Bath, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire.