Professional Beauty North reunites the industry in Manchester

Professional Beauty North returned to Manchester on September 25-26, bringing together 9,883 professionals from the beauty and aesthetics industry as they spent two days learning, networking, competing, and discovering the industry’s latest launches and innovations at the two-day event at Manchester Central.

The event hosted key exhibitors from all areas of the beauty industry, including skincare, aesthetic devices, nails, make-up, lashes, spa and more as the brands showcased their latest product launches and demonstrated their newest innovations.

"It’s lovely to be back at PB North after three years," said visitor Gemma Holt, who owns Lily's Beauty Salon in Shropshire. "There’s nowhere else you can get every single brand in one place."

Exhibitors and visitors alike commented that the show had a professional feel, with  Darren Wood, marketing director of HydraFacial, saying, “The show has been really good, very busy, we’ve had some really good-quality leads coming through so we will be back next year."

He added, “Having the Professional Beauty and Aesthetic Medicine shows running alongside one another worked really well for us. To be candid, I was sceptical as we’re more of an aesthetic brand but we saw some great people crossing over from the Professional Beauty side of the show, at the higher end of the market, so we're really pleased; it’s been very good quality this year.”

Marcus Adshead, managing director at Sculpt Pro, added, “Thanks to everyone who came to the show, it’s been a huge success. We’ve launched two new devices, the CoolShaping 2 and HydraTouch H2, and will be back next year on March 5-6 at PB London.”

Kirsty Jones, business development manager for Guniot UK and Ireland, said, "The atmosphere is crazy, it’s really non-stop. There’s a lot of interest and we’ve met a lot of amazing people and had lots of interesting conversations. It’s a really good show so far.”

She added, "It’s important for salon owners to come to the show so they can really see what’s going on in the industry. It’s great to see lots of different brands and companies represented to understand what’s best for your own salon and to be able to speak face to face with people from those companies – and all under one roof.”

The show also saw the return of PB’s Nail Competitions, in association with the Federation of Nail Professionals, with nail techs and students competing in seven categories. Discover the winners here. 

PB North brought some of the industry’s leading experts to Manchester to deliver exclusive education sessions across three stages: Trends & Techniques, Skin & Advanced Treatments, and Business & Digital Skills, allowing visitors to brush up on their knowledge and learn how to take their business to the next level.

From the Skin Professionals UK sharing why skin consultations are so important to Kris Trinity giving insight into how targeted ads on social media can double your sales, the sessions provided those who attended with a wealth of knowledge, tips, and tricks they otherwise wouldn’t have access to.

Special thanks to the stage hosts; Kirsty Meakin, Phillip Elder and Andrew Hansford, who were on hand to ensure visitors got the most out of their sessions, as well as stage sponsors Gelida Medica and the NHBF.

Nail technician Sarah Kay, who travelled from Ireland to attend PB North, said “I had a great time at the show and have just registered for Professional Beauty and Hair Ireland!”

Click here to register your interested for Professional Beauty and Hair Ireland show, taking place on November 6-7 at RDS Dublin.

Kimberly Dacid owner of Etre Belle Beauty Clinic, commmented, "I’ve had my salon now for 20 years, and I like to come here (PB North) every year to see what’s the next best thing, touch base with my clients, network with other salon owners and I'm just generally interested in seeing what’s new, and what’s out there.”

As well as PB North, Aesthetic Medicine North took place at Manchester Central, allowing visitors to access aesthetic and technology focused brands such as HydraFacial, 3D Aesthetics, Opatra and more in the cross-over section.

The reception given to aesthetic brands by beauty professionals highlighted the industry’s shift towards more tech-led and results-driven treatments and allowed visitors to learn about how these brands can aide them in taking their business to the next level.

Speaking on the success of PB North’s return, Mark Moloney, managing director of the Professional Beauty Group, said “After three years, it was great to be back at Manchester Central; we’re building the event back up sure and strong, ensuring the ‘professional’ in Professional Beauty means something.

“The show looked great and had a wide selection of brands with something for everyone including skincare, aesthetic devices, nails, waxing and lashes and attendance was positive at 9,883.

“It’s very encouraging but plans are already underway to do more – more training, more networking, and more exhibitors, which the team and I are focused on delivering for 2023. Thank you to everybody who came or exhibited over the weekend, it was really good to see you.”

Professional Beauty London will return to ExCeL on March 5-6 2023, with PB North back in Manchester on September 24-25 2023.