NHBF calls on next Government to back the beauty industry

Published 28th May 2024 by Ellen Cummings

Following Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s announcement that a general election will take place on July 4, the National Hair and Beauty Federation (NHBF) has called on the next Government to support the hair and beauty sector. 

The NHBF has asked the next Government to recognise the wide-ranging value of the sector and implement targeted policies and reforms to help it thrive in the future. 

The NHBF unveiled its Manifesto 2024: the value of hair & beauty: careers, communities and wellbeing on May 8, 2024, highlighting the sector's vital role in the UK economy and communities. 

Key recommendations for the next government include VAT and business rates reform, targeted support for employers including improving the provision of apprenticeship funding, encouraging social prescribing and creating a level playing field through aesthetics legislation.

The report also showcases positive wellbeing and sustainability initiatives and calls for targeted green incentives. 

Speaking of the hair and beauty sector, Minister of State in the Department for Business and Trade, Kevin Hollinrake, referred to a sector that “makes an important contribution to our high streets, daily lives and local economies”.

Rushanara Ali, Shadow Minister for Investment and Small Business, also recognises that “hair and beauty businesses are a key part of the key street, the economy and make a strong contribution to wellbeing”. 

NHBF chief executive Caroline Larissey commented, “We were pleased around the manifesto launch that two of the main parties have underlined the important contribution that the hair & beauty sector makes to the high street, the economy and community wellbeing. 

“Our manifesto sets out a positive vision for the future and how the next government can better support the creativity, entrepreneurship and public service displayed by our members every single day.  

“Even with the recent end of the recession and reduced inflation, half of sector businesses are still grappling with Covid debts.

“They will need further targeted support as outlined in our manifesto, so that they can continue to play a central role in the UK's economic growth, youth employment, apprenticeships, and the enhancement of people's wellbeing and sustainability into the future."  

Rosina Robson, director of policy and public affairs at the NHBF, called on businesses to contact their local MPs and candidates to advocate for future reforms.

She also encouraged members to use the contents of the manifesto as a tool and to inform conversations at a local level. 

Key points from the NHBF’s manifesto include:

  • Recognise the value of the hair and beauty sector; 49,000 businesses contribute £4.6 billion to the UK economy with wider consumer spend across the whole sector at £24.5 billion.

  • Recognise the significant contribution the sector makes to the health of local high streets and also to community wellbeing through supporting local healthcare through complementary therapies.

  • More effective redistribution of levy funding and the rollout of flexi-apprenticeships to make apprenticeships more affordable for small and micro businesses.

  • Further green incentives to support businesses and guidance on achieving net zero targets.

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Ellen Cummings

Ellen Cummings

Published 28th May 2024

Ellen Cummings is the senior content writer at Professional Beauty, working across the magazine and online. Contact her at [email protected]

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