As the Salon Employers Association (SEA), we will take her story to Government level, because she’s not alone. You might be interested to hear that I am going to help her personally by spending some time with her to work on her business too.
Push for change
With the Government’s levelling up agenda, our industry needs levelling up too. No longer should it be that VAT-paying, PAYE-registered employers in our sector, with all the costs of bricks-and-mortar premises, are hammered for tax in every element of their businesses. Without the incentive to keep people of the payroll, can the powers that be not see the damage this will do to our industry in the long term?
In a recent SEA survey, 96% of the respondents believed apprenticeships are a better route into hairdressing than college training. With so many salons offering hair and beauty, won’t that leave a gaping black hole in the future? Where will the next generation of hairdressers and beauty therapists come from if salons are only offering room and chair rental?
Things were challenging enough before the cost-of-living crisis and rising inflation took their icy grip on our fragile economy. The change in customer behaviour has been harshly felt by salons all over the UK. Sure, we aren’t the only sector in trouble, but we are the only sector that can’t do what we do online or deliver what we do on the back of a motorbike, and that, coupled with the fact that we are one of the largest employers of apprentices in the UK, puts us in a unique position.
I’ve always supported freelancers and I’m very happy to support salons that offer chair or room rental. But to do so, salons that don’t use those models need concessions to give us parity and fairness.
If you agree, join the SEA today so we can speak for you and tell your story, too. It’s free, not-for-profit, and set up by passionate people who care about what happens to our industry. Add your voice and we can scream the message even louder. Visit: salonemployersassociations.co.uk