NHBF: Campaigning for hair and beauty sector  businesses 

We campaign to make your voice heard at the highest levels on the key issues that affect you and your business, including COVID recovery, skills and training, and aesthetics regulation.

We are also raising awareness of important sector topics to support your business, such as employment law, mental health, inclusivity, and sustainability, and providing information and resources to help our Members.

No.10 business Team, Prime Minister’s office: ‘The hair & beauty sector represents an important pillar of the UK economy, and we will continue to work with NHBF and the industry on the challenges you face’.


9 meetings with Ministers in the Department for Business & Trade and Department for Education.

4 meetings with HMRC to plan a communications and education campaign raising awareness of good tax compliance and discouraging disguised employment. 

38 letters to Ministers including in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland on a range of issues. 

12 meetings and events attended in Parliament including two of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on beauty, aesthetics and wellbeing sponsored by NHBF. 

9 submissions to Government consultationsandparliamentary inquiries including to the Low Pay Commission about wage rates.

19 meetings with UK Government officials and devolved administrations plus 6 meetings with Ofgem the energy regulator.

30+ Apprenticeship meetings with the Department for Education, the Institute for Apprenticeship and Technical Education and the Education and Skills Funding Agency.

4 published State of the Industry quarterly surveys with your input.

2 submissions to the Chancellor ahead of the Spring Budget and Autumn Statement. 

1 mention on the floor of the House of Commons in a debate about aesthetics regulation.


In 2023, we secured the following for the sector:

  • Increased £4,000+ in funding for the revised level 2 Hairdressing Professional & Barbering Professional Apprenticeship standards.
  • Support on energy bills through the Energy Bills Discount Scheme until March 2024.
  • A continuation of business rates support in England from 2023 into 2024-25, through 75% discount on business rates, freeze to the multiplier and reform of transitional relief.