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UK & Ireland nail industry awards opens for entry

By Helena Biggs | 1 February 2024

Embrace the opportunity to join an elite group of salons and industry professionals and enter the Scratch Stars Awards, which recognises excellence in the UK&I nail sector. Dubbed ‘the Oscars of the nail industry’, the Scratch Stars Awards has returned for a 12th year, recognising excellence, passion and skill in…

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Nail tech launches AI guides for the nail & beauty industry

By Rebecca Hitchon | 2 November 2023

Glitterbels ambassador, Millee Barton of Millee Barton Nails & Beauty & The Academy Barnsley, has launched artificial intelligence guides. “I was inspired to create these because I believe that the integration of AI technology can revolutionise the nail and beauty industry,” she tells Scratch. “AI has not only helped me…

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NHBF survey indicates positive shift for nail & beauty businesses

By Callie Iley | 19 May 2023

The NHBF State of Industry survey reveals a promising shift in the nail and beauty industry, with businesses reporting a return to profitability, increased confidence in survival, and intentions to grow.   Findings from the NHBF’s quarterly State of Industry survey show a return to positivity, repeating trends seen in…

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BBCo to promote beauty industry careers through Future Talent Programme

By Chloe Randall | 8 February 2023

To mark the start of National Apprenticeship Week 2023, British Beauty Council launched the Future Talent Programme at 10 Downing Street, a beauty-specific career development programme to support up and coming industry talent. One in every 60 UK jobs is hair or beauty related, and the industry contributes almost £30 billion…

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Introducing In Your Hands: a fully funded nail programme for marginalised industry enthusiasts

By Callie Iley | 23 January 2023

A fully funded nail industry initiative has been launched by Bristol-based nail pro, Nathan Taylor, to support marginalised nail enthusiasts. After exploring a number of vocations, admitting that the nail industry ‘was the only industry to keep me interested’, Nathan Taylor moved to Bristol and was offered the opportunity to…

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How the Energy Bills Discount Scheme affects the nail & beauty industry

By Chloe Randall | 11 January 2023

How the Energy Bills Discount Scheme affects the nail & beauty industry The government has announced the introduction of the new ‘Energy Bills Discount Scheme’ for UK businesses, charities and the public sector, ahead of the current scheme ending in March. The new scheme means that all eligible UK businesses…

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Revealed: Key nail trends for 2023

By Chloe Randall | 6 January 2023

The nail industry is known to change and evolve all the time. However, particularly since the pandemic, trends and looks have changed as lockdowns meant people were left with little choice but to not have treatments while salons were shut and press-on nails were a must. As we head in…

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The inside scoop from The Beauty Party by Salon Chat

By Alex Fox | 31 March 2022

The Hotel Cromwell in Stevenage proved a marvellous location for the first Salon Chat party held to celebrate nail community spirit and comradeship. Hosted by nail professionals Bella Porter from Buckingham and Kelly Colley of Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, the event was a spin-off from the duo’s Salon Chat Instagram live tutorials that began…

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NAIL TECH TALK: Georgina Duffy of When Beauty Calls By Georgina

By Rebecca Hitchon | 2 February 2022

Scratch chats to Georgina Duffy of When Beauty Calls By Georgina about her love for nails and her top nail art and industry tips… What inspired you to enter the nail world? I have always enjoyed getting creative and having my nails done, but I thought that hairdressing was my…

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THE WINNERS: Scratch Stars Awards 20/21

By Helena Biggs | 25 July 2021

Following a pandemic postponement & a shift in the judging process – the Scratch Stars Awards winners 20/21 have been announced! The reveals were made live at the Scratch Stars Party on Sunday 25 July, held at London cabaret club, Proud Embankment. The evening, hosted by Scratch’s Alex Fox and…

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