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Fight for the recognition hairdressing deserves

The impact the hair and beauty sector has on the UK economy equates to 8% of all retail generated revenue. True story! The 49,000 businesses in the UK employing almost 337,000 people shows our industry to be a significant and major employer.

Big impact

 While we all felt it, now an important report commissioned by the Hair & Barber Council in conjunction with the British Association of Beauty Therapy & Cosmetology (BABTAC) sets out the position. The report shows the tremendous value and career choices associated with the industry and, it is hoped by the two parties concerned, with help give us all a stronger voice in calling for better recognition. The Hair and Barber Council together with BABTAC are calling for Government to amend the current voluntary Hairdressing Act to that of Mandatory, whilst adding Beauty into the body of the Act.

What does is mean for you?

Study the infographics for your region below (click your country to find out more) and ensure you are well-informed on the hard stats concerning hairdressing. 
• England
• Northern Ireland
You’ll feel empowered to share, promote and be proud. Don’t stand for being ignored – celebrate your pride with your team, your clients, your family and your community. Champion hairdressing proactively – bring the report to your local newspaper or MP’s attention.

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