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Hair & Beauty Charity hosts annual event to give Christmas dinners to struggling beauty pros

By Chloe Randall | 6 December 2023

The Hair and Beauty Charity is hosting its annual Jumpers for Dinners Day on 8 December 2023. The charity are asking hair, beauty and barber professionals to join in by sporting their best festive wear, to raise money to provide Christmas dinners for those that the charity look after. The…

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Autumn Budget 2023: 5 points to note for nail & beauty pros

By Helena Biggs | 22 November 2023

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt, presented the Autumn Budget Statement to parliament today, 22 November, and declared Britain’s economy as ‘back on track’. With goals to reward hard work, here’s a summary of the measures worth noting for employees and self-employed workers: 1. National Insurance contributions cut by 2%.…

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BABTAC launches guide to support beauty pros treating clients with or recovering from cancer

By Chloe Randall | 28 October 2023

BABTAC (British Association of Beauty Therapy & Costmetology) has launched a new Best Practice Guide to support beauty therapists treating clients with or recovering from cancer. Along with the wellbeing benefits that salon treatments can bring to clients with or recovering from cancer, the disease can present certain contraindications, whether…

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Babtac Cibtac Awards 2023

Beauty therapists, salons & organisations recognised in BABTAC & CIBTAC Awards 2023

By Scratch Staff | 22 September 2023

The British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC) returned to Fairmont Windsor Park on 17 September to host the annual BABTAC & CIBTAC Awards. 19 awards were presented, with the Specialist Salon of the Year accolade going to Scotland-based nail, lash and brow bar, The Nail Yard, while its…

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Beauty Changes Lives unveils campaign to promote salon careers to Gen Z

By Rebecca Hitchon | 26 April 2023

Beauty Changes Lives, the non-profit organisation dedicated to providing the next generation of beauty professionals with resources, scholarships, advanced education and mentorships, has launched the Know Beauty Secrets campaign. It targets Generation Z, to promote careers in the salon and spa sectors, and provides a glimpse inside the professions of industry…

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5 ways to boost your salon team’s morale

By Chloe Randall | 29 March 2023

Do you or your team members need a morale boost? Scratch gathers five top tips to support positivity & happiness in the workspace…  1. Lead by example “Salon owners can establish a cohesive team through leading by example,” advises Lisa Stone, Salon System educator. “You cannot expect your team to…

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Meet Kaikura: The personal development app for beauty pros

By Rebecca Hitchon | 23 January 2023

Kaikura helps hair and beauty pros to identify and achieve short and long-term personal goals. Scratch chats to its founder, Steph Stevenson, former National Hair & Beauty Federation board member & owner of the award-winning HNB Salon & Spa in Poole… What inspired you to launch Kaikura? I founded Kaikura…

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Revealed: the organisations educating Irish beauty pros about domestic abuse

By Rebecca Hitchon | 17 November 2021

According to EU research, one in four women in a relationship in Ireland have been abused by a current or former partner. To help hair and beauty pros recognise signs of domestic abuse and action appropriately, a campaign by Women’s Aid and the Hair and Beauty Industry Confederation (HABIC) has…

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Bedfordshire duo launch hair, beauty & wellness hub for freelance pros

By Rebecca Hitchon | 9 November 2021

A pair of friends will open Bedfordshire’s first co-working wellness hub, Creative Hub Studio, at the end of November 2021. Caroline Flynn and Amanda Murdoch, who between them have amassed 76 years’ experience in the beauty and wellness sectors, decided to launch the Creative Hub Studio after seeing professionals struggling…

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One quarter of beauty pros could be out of work following furlough scheme end

By Rebecca Hitchon | 21 October 2021

The British Association of Beauty Therapy & Cosmetology (BABTAC), has revealed that one quarter of beauty professionals could lose their jobs now that the UK government’s furlough scheme, set up to support businesses throughout the coronavirus lockdowns, has ended. The scheme, which allowed workers to receive up to 80% of…

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