A new government team is to be created to manage the Personal Care sector, including the hair, barbering and beauty industries, giving hope for more specialised support.
BEIS (the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) has decided to move responsibility for the Personal Care sector into a separate team going forward.
After months of intensive lobbying and campaigning by the British Beauty Council, UK Spa Association, British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology and the National Hair & Beauty Federation, this new structure will put the hair and beauty sector on equal footing with the other sectors that BEIS covers.
Personal Care includes the hair, barbering and beauty industries, and the hope is that this newly formed team will be able to provided more targeted and informed assistance to the businesses up and down the country which have been struggling.
Personal Care was previously under the management of the Safer Working team, and while this was always due to be a temporary situation, the Safer Working team will continue to be responsible for the safer working guidance of the sector. This move is intended to ensure a more sustainable future for our sector, particularly regarding government support.
Richard Lambert, CEO of the National Hair & Beauty Federation, said of the news: “We are delighted that BEIS is giving the sector the recognition it deserves. Our work now continues to secure urgent and vital support for hair and beauty as lockdowns and restrictions continue and we look forward to positive discussions with BEIS to secure the best possible deal for the personal care industry.”
The Hair and Barber Council released a statement on Instagram saying “This can be viewed as a major step forward in our work with Government, with our industry being looked after specifically, and our needs and concerns more able to be highlighted to people in the department that have a responsibility to work and engage with our sector!”