A barber came up with a clever way to cut costs by laying the floor of his new shop with 70,000 1p pieces. Rich Holtham, owner of BS4 Barbers in Dudley, West Midlands, came up with the idea after he was given an estimate of £1,000 to arrange the flooring. Instead, the 28-year-old and his staff decided to cover the 10ft by 15ft shop with thousands of pennies.
“We wanted a new floor but the cost of getting it done was expensive and we wanted to do something a bit more unusual, so we looked at a few different ideas online,” Rich told Daily Mail. The whole barber shop crew spent a full week gluing the coins to the ground, and that’s excluding the gap grouting that was done after.
“We had to take our own cash to the bank and we had to take hundreds of pennies out a day,” explained the owner of 4 barber shops across the UK. “In the end, we took out £700 worth of pennies. That’s 70,000 coins.”
In the end, the barber shop got not only the coolest floor in town, but also some free advertising: “We have had a lot of interest in the floor, to be fair. Passers-by keep coming into the shop to take a few photos. We have gained a lot of business from it.”
When Rich Holtham got an estimate of £1000 for a new shop floor, he decided he can do better
Instead, he decided to use 70,000 pennies to cover the whole shop floor
“It seemed to take forever”
“We had to take our own cash to the bank and we had to take hundreds of pennies out a day”
It took a full week to lay 700 pounds-worth of pennies
But the new floor worked out as a great advertisement as well
“Passers-by keep coming into the shop to take a few photos”
“We have gained a lot of business from it”