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18% increase in sales of nail units compared to pre-pandemic, according to NPD group

By Chloe Randall | 2 November 2022

According to The NPD Group, there has been an 18% increase in sales of nail units compared to pre-pandemic levels. The research also showed that unit sales of prestige make-up products declined 20% from January to the end of August 2022, compared to the same period in 2019. In addition,…

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Covid-19: CTPA updates guidance on cosmetics testers in stores, salons & spas

By Rebecca Hitchon | 28 January 2022

The Cosmetic, Toiletry and Perfumery Association (CTPA) has released updated guidance on the use of testers by retailers, salons and spas in the hair, beauty and wellness sector. The guidance, which has been supported by the British Beauty Council, British Retail Consortium and Cosmetics and Perfumery Association (COPRA), is aimed at…

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Covid-19: Welsh government confirm £120m support for personal care sector

By Rebecca Hitchon | 10 January 2022

The Welsh government has confirmed that an additional £120m of funding will be made available to the personal care sector to support businesses that have been, and are impacted, by the spread of the Omicron Covid-19 variant between 13 December 2021 and 14 February 2022. On 22 December 2021, the…

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Industry bodies urge local authorities to allocate Additional Restriction Grants to personal care

By Rebecca Hitchon | 6 January 2022

The British Beauty Council, along with the the British Association of Beauty Therapy & Cosmetology (BABTAC), The National Hair & Beauty Federation (NHBF), the Hair & Barber Council, The Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) and the UK Spa Association, have written to every local authority in England to urge them…

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Covid-19: £19 million financial support for close contact services in Scotland

By Chloe Randall | 6 January 2022

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced £19 million of financial support specifically for the close contact services sector in Scotland, including hair and beauty businesses. The First Minister said local authorities are currently working to get money into bank accounts as quickly as possible and British Beauty Council and BABTAC…

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BABTAC survey shows impact of Omicron variant on beauty industry

By Rebecca Hitchon | 5 January 2022

A survey conducted by the British Association of Beauty Therapy & Cosmetology (BABTAC) has demonstrated the devastating impact that the Omicron Covid-19 variant and re-introduction of stricter government guidance, including increased social distancing measures and mask-wearing, has had on businesses within the beauty industry. The survey of 1002 BABTAC members…

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NHBF Snap Poll shows urgent need for financial support in hair & beauty industry

By Chloe Randall | 23 December 2021

A snap poll by the NHBF has demonstrated the urgent need for local authorities in England to process applications from hair & beauty salons and barbershops for the Additional Restrictions Grant (ARG), as quickly as possible. The Additional Restrictions Grant was increased earlier this week, which allows the hair &…

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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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British Beauty Council secures government deal for commercial tenants in beauty sector

By Rebecca Hitchon | 29 November 2021

The British Beauty Council has worked with the UK government to secure a deal for commercial tenants within the beauty sector in England and Wales, once the current eviction protection ends 25 March 2022. The deal sees new regulations and a Code of Practice set to be introduced to resolve…

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Scottish government opens Business Ventilation Fund for applications

By Rebecca Hitchon | 27 November 2021

The Scottish government’s Business Ventilation Fund has opened for applications. The fund will help small and medium-sized businesses improve ventilation and air quality on their premises to help reduce the spread of coronavirus, by allowing them to claim back costs to improve ventilation of up to £2,500. To be eligible…

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