The barber who left London for Folkestone a decade ago and hasn’t looked back – Kent Live



One of Folkestone’s most colourful barbers has said the town is resembling London more and more every day.

Greenwich-born Nathan Scotford, 39, has ran an Only Fools and Horse themed barber shop on Bouverie Road for a number of years.

The family man says that he’s not surprised the town is becoming a ‘DFL’ haven due to the gentrification of the area, something he says is a good thing.

We spoke to him about the town’s similarities to the capital and what the future may hold for local people and businesses.

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‘There is a growing London community here’

Nathan first moved down to Folkestone in the early 2000’s and is now settled in the town with his wife and three children.

Although he was one of the first new wave Londoners to move down, he says he’s been noticing more of a capital influence of late.

Nathan’s quirky barber shop is well known in Folkestone (Image: KentLive)

He said: “Coming from London I bought into the whole London feel for my business. I’m a massive Only Fools and Horses fan so I styled my shop on that.

“I’ve worked on Folkestone Market when it was there and I’ve seen a lot of changes in the time I’ve been here.

“Speaking to a lot of people in the barber shop, I generally seem to get this vibe that there is a London community here.

“Obviously the term DFL is thrown around quite a lot but I think it’s great there’s interest.”

‘Folkestone has turned a corner’

Nathan’s barber shop is located on the up and coming Bouverie Road, an area that has seen a lot of changes since he opened.

His famous Cutting Edge barber shop, which has an Only Fools and Horses theme has been attracting customers for years, but now he says the rest of the street is catching up.

Areas like Folkestone’s Old High Street have had an uptick in fortunes (Image: KentLive)

He said: “I’ve been in Bouverie Road for seven years now and there’s a big community spirit.

“We’re trying to increase the profile of the area as there’s a lot to love.

“The area has really turned a corner, there’s so many businesses doing really well for the community. There’s so much going on here.

“I do slightly worry about the town centre which seems to be the missing piece of the jigsaw but it seems to be happening everywhere.

“I spent a lot of time in Margate which has similar problems. Hopefully with the London feel coming down here and a bit more money and regeneration the whole town will turn a corner.”

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‘More Londoners will bring more opportunities’

And turn a corner Folkestone has, certainly when buyer demand is considered.

The town has recently been revealed as Kent’s most sought after location according to data released by property experts Rightmove.

The seaside town has attracted 80 per cent more buyer searches on the site than it did in 2019, meaning more people than ever are looking for a home there.

Nathan moved down to Folkestone from Greenwich to start a barber business (Image: KentLive)

With increased demand comes the prospect of more Londoners and the threat that locals may be priced out of the area.

However, Nathan is confident the effects of inflation will be mitigated by more opportunity.

He explained: “There’s a new lease of life everywhere you look in the town.”

“I’d like to think the influx of Londoners won’t force people out. I think it will just improve the town’s facilities.

“I hope it will give people who have lived here a long time more opportunities. I’ve noticed a difference in trade and attitude.

“It’s good to have a bit of money about.

“I’m a Londoner through and through, I think that’s why people relate to my business.

“They see that I’ve taken London to Folkestone.”