MPs ‘Call to Action’ to Support Hair & Beauty Industry

All-Party Parliamentary Group on Beauty, Aesthetics and Wellbeing asks Government to set out specific protection measures for staff and clients alongside plans to support businesses

The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Beauty, Aesthetics and Wellbeing is issuing Government with a Call to Action’ to support the long-term health of the industry. This follows a virtual panel session where industry representatives shared the devastating impact that coronavirus has had on the sector, and what urgent Government support it needs to weather the crisis.

MPs questioned the industry on what support is needed to help businesses reopen as restrictions are eased. The APGG  has now issues the Call to Action to support the long-term health of the industry, calling for:

  1. Clear instructions and advance warning on when beauty and wellness businesses can reopen and what treatments they can offer, including for services within hospitality businesses such as hotels, and what grades of PPE must be used.
  2. Ensure industry access to affordable PPE, being crucial to protect staff and customers.
  3. Provide clarification on the future of the Job Retention Scheme and how the Government will continue to support both small and large businesses in the industry as restrictions are eased.
  4. Crack down on the emergence of the black market of rogue operators continuing to sell services behind closed doors risking public health, and how to report non-compliance.
  5. Better protection against risks of modern slavery as businesses reopen.

Last week, panellists from industry associations representing hair, beauty, spa and wellness businesses, and salon owners, spoke of the crippling impact of the lockdown which has brought many businesses in the industry, including all salons on the high streets, to a halt. They also expressed concerns about how to keep employees and customers safe once salons reopen their doors, particularly given the close client contact involved in many treatments.

Carolyn Harris MP

Judith Cummins MP

“The industry has expressed loud and clear the urgent need for clarity on when businesses can reopen and for consistent rules on PPE use. Without this, the long-term repercussions of the pandemic could leave many businesses with no choice but to close their doors for good,” said co-chairs of the APPG, Carolyn Harris MP and Judith Cummins MP. “This is necessary to ensure the survival of an industry in crisis which contributes £6.6bn to the UK’s economy. Beauty salons are the beating heart of our high streets up and down the country and play a crucial role in supporting the mental and physical wellbeing of local communities.

“Today (13 May) we are issuing a Call to Action urging Government to set out when each part of the sector can re-open, what specific measures must be in place to protect employees and customers, and how they will support businesses to implement these.”