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Covid-19: Statutory Sick Pay Rebate reintroduced to cover staff absence

By Helena Biggs | 21 December 2021

The NHBF reported that 28% of UK hair and beauty salons have reported staff shortages owing to the emergence of the Omicron variant and the government’s Plan B. And today (21 December), chancellor Rishi Sunak MP has announced that the government is reintroducing the Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme to…

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Coronavirus: 28% of UK salons report staff shortages due to Omicron variant

By Helena Biggs | 20 December 2021

It’s renowned as the busiest time of year for the beauty sector, with clients booking festive nail services, hair cuts or some pre-Christmas pampering. Yet 28% of UK salon businesses have reported disruption to this busy period due to staff shortages and staff needing to self-isolate. The emergence of the…

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Nail & beauty pros: Should you still wear full PPE?

By Katie Barnes | 18 November 2021

Some nail techs have always worn it, with others only introducing it since the Covid-19 outbreak. But should you always wear PPE? The short answer is yes. PPE has always been a requirement of COSHH (Control of Substances Hazardous to Health) for nail techs. PPE can include items such as…

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Covid-19: How I’ve tackled staffing issues since reopening my salons

By Guest Writer | 7 September 2021

Thanh Vu, managing director of four Dream Nails salons, reflects on the challenges – and opportunities – that have been presented to her businesses since reopening after lockdown…  Since reopening, the most challenging aspect for our boutique salon business has been staffing issues. We adhere to strict Covid-19 precautions for…

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The customised PPE you need in your salon

By Chloe Randall | 23 August 2021

British Beauty Council patron, Twelve NYC has launched a PPE service to ensure that basic Personal Protection Equipment is accessible, compliant and cost effective. To support the British beauty industry during Covid-19, twelveNYC, a woman-owned product development company has built a dedicated webstore to ensure basic PPE is easily accessible,…

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Nail polish & CBD products amongst most searched for pandemic items

By Helena Biggs | 5 August 2021

Nail polish and deodorant were the most searched-for beauty items on the internet between April and June 2021, according to research by online retail platform, RangeMe. The company analysed data from more than 12,000 retail buyers and 200,000 suppliers on its platform, and found that buyers are seeking diversity in…

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Covid-19 guidance: What you need to do as a nail tech in Step 4

By Chloe Randall | 14 July 2021

Prime Minister, Boris Johnson has confirmed that Step 4 of the roadmap will proceed as planned on Monday 19 July 2021, with updated guidance for close contact services being published. From Step 4, which resumes on 19 July, local authorities will continue to have the power to place public health…

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Scottish govt to lift mask wearing restrictions in beauty salons on 31 May

By Helena Biggs | 25 May 2021

From Monday 31 May, therapists in Scotland will be permitted to offer face treatments to clients as long as the practitioner is wearing a Type IIR face mask and a face visor or goggles. Kate Forbes MSP, the Cabinet Secretary for Finance & Economy, confirmed the news today (25 May)…

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11 ways to help your mental health

By Scratch Staff | 11 May 2021

Help look after your mindset & mental wellbeing during lockdown, with Monika Stachon, business coach & owner of Nail Boss Strategy & Mindset… It’s hard not to feel alarmed, when all social media, news outlets and daily conversations with clients are overloaded with fear, uncertainty and chaos. Undoubtedly, this is…

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Coronavirus: updated work guidance for nail techs in England

By Chloe Randall | 5 May 2021

The Government’s official guidance for close contact services including nail salons has been updated ahead of step 3 of the roadmap, planned to go ahead from May 17. In line with step 3 of the roadmap, the updated guidance is as follows: saunas and steam rooms can reopen updated social…

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