London has highest concentration of salons in UK

The north London borough of Barnet has the most beauty businesses per head in the whole of the UK, at 340, which equates to 10.8 salons for every 10,000 people.

To compare, across the whole of the UK there are 19,712 beauty businesses registered, meaning a national average of three for every 10,000 people.

The data comes from Companies House, the government agency that officially registers all UK companies. The analysis was carried out by Trinity Mirror group to give an insight into the areas of the UK where beauty business is booming, and where there isn’t much demand at all.

London’s boroughs dominated the top 10, with Hackney found to have the second-highest concentration of salons at 10.1 beauty businesses per 10,000 people, followed by Harrow with 9.4.

South Buckinghamshire (8.4 per 10,000) and Brentwood, Essex (6.6 per 10,000) were the only two top-10 nareas located outside of the capital.

The data only considers businesses registered with Companies House, which means that most mobile therapists will have been left out of the overall picture. 

The Isles of Scilly had no beauty-related business at all registered with Companies House to serve its small population of just over 2,000 people.

Of the countires in the UK, England has the most beauty businesses, at an average of 3.2 per 10,000 people, in Scotland it’s 2.5 and in Wales it’s 1.9. Northern Ireland was found to have the smallest number of beauty business per 10,000 people at just 1.2, though the data also revealed that 48% of its salons have opened since 2012, demonstrating a sharp increase in demand in the past three years.