Chloe Randall

Beauty salons on UK high street up by 5.9% in two years

By Chloe Randall | 21 January 2023 | Movers & Shakers, News

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According to BBC’s data team, the number of beauty salons and tattoo parlours has grown on UK high streets, while the number of banks and department stores has fallen.

A tool on BBC’s website allows users to check how their local high streets and shopping areas have changed since the beginning of the pandemic.

London showed a 6.5% increase in beauty services, with Great Britain showing an overall 5.9% increase from 2020 to 2022.

“There is definitely growth in certain sectors within the industry but that is not to say all are managing to recover post-Covid,” says Millie Kendall, CEO of the British Beauty Council.

“Hair and beauty services have always had a strong position on our high streets and pretty much everyone uses a personal care product every single day, from toothpaste and deodorant to shampoo and lip balm.”

“Hairdressing has been in decline for quite a few years now, it is being hit by huge tax burdens, huge energy bills, a changing model for their staff and a recruitment crisis. This is resulting in closures of businesses.

“The businesses that are doing well are often in the beauty, nail and barber sectors. Retail is finding it hard to recover and are having to shift nimbly to online commerce.” /