Meet our sponsors



Vagaro is the world’s leading scheduling & business management software for the beauty & wellness industries to get found, booked & paid.

The award-winning platform offers an all-in-one solution for scheduling, payment processing, customer relationship management, a robust suite of marketing tools, inventory management and so much more. Vagaro also boasts the largest marketplace of its kind where consumers can browse and book local services in their area.

More than 174,000 service professionals around the globe use Vagaro to streamline their operations, improve client retention, and increase revenue. The software’s a-la-carte options and affordable pricing provide a unique level of scalability which makes it a popular choice for businesses of all sizes, from the solopreneur to enterprise franchises. 



Lopay is the UK-based payment app giving sole traders and small businesses more control over the money they earn. And with a 0.79% transaction rate, it’s less than half the price of SumUp, Zettle and Square.

Lopay’s free card reader lets you take payments anywhere, and choose how often your money hits your bank account - instantly, the next day or weekly.

And with the Lopay Point of Sale, gone are the days of doing mental maths to work out a total - tally up your products and keep track of stock all from your phone or tablet.

You’ll also be able to prompt your customers to add a tip, manage team members who can take payments on your behalf, and send payment links to take deposits in advance.

Lopay’s flexible payment tools mean you can keep more of your earnings, whilst spending more time with your customers, and less time worrying about getting paid.

Quote NHBF to get £1500 fee free processing when you sign up.



At Schwarzkopf Professional we are devoted to our craft, which is why we’re so proud to be the trusted partner to a global community of hair professionals.

This partnership is nothing new: in fact, this year we’re proud to be celebrating our 125th anniversary, marking more than a century of innovation, creativity, and collaboration.

We know that having a reliable product partner is imperative to providing the ultimate customer service which is why our expansive and high-performance product portfolio offers something for every client – and hairdresser.

Bringing these impressive product innovations to life, we provide our salons with inspirational, trend-led content, engaging events, and unparalleled colour education, all presented by some of the brightest stars in the UK hairdressing industry. We believe that by bringing our community together, developing new and exciting salon services, and providing non-stop professional support, we can help our salon partners thrive.

City and Guilds

City and Guilds

For over 140 years we have worked with people, organisations and economies to help them identify and develop the skills they need to thrive. We understand the life changing link between skills development, social mobility, prosperity and success.

We partner with our customers to deliver work-based learning programmes that build competency, to support better prospects for people, organisations and wider society. We create flexible learning pathways that support lifelong employability, because we believe that people deserve the opportunity to (re)train and (re)learn again and again – gaining new skills at every stage of life, regardless of where they start.

We’re a Royal Chartered Institute and a registered charity, everything we do is charitable. We invest our surplus into expanding and enhancing our solutions across all of our brands, to meet the changing needs of organisations and industries. Through our City & Guilds Foundation we amplify our purpose by focusing on social investment, recognition and advocacy programmes which remove barriers to getting a job, celebrate best practice on the job and advocate for jobs of the future.



Founded by Dr Ali. N Syed in 1984 and still family owned, Avlon Industries is one of the haircare industry’s original innovators, with 39 years of experience creating iconic products for textured and Afro hair. Built on the ‘Science of Haircare’ Avlon prioritises high-performance products at a fair price as well as ongoing education for hairdressing professionals to support salon businesses.

Diversifying its brand portfolio, Uberliss is a patented and award-winning Bonding System for all hair types.  The Uberliss Bond System increases hair elasticity, moisturises hair and scalp, reduces combing damage, decreases porosity, provides protection against hair fatigue during repeated brushing and balances hair and scalp pH.

By bringing together solution-based products and inspired, educated hairdressing professionals, Avlon delivers an exceptional haircare experience for salons and their clients