2 August 2022

Latest NHBF update – 02 August 2022

This week's update covers:

  • Make the grade with your back-to-school campaigns
  • Give your business an energy MOT with our new energy partnership
  • Over 3,500 barbershops opened in the past five years
  • Webinar: Understanding holiday entitlement
  • Small Business Saturday launched
  • NHBF Shines on Podcast available on general release
  • NHBF Campaigning for You


Make the grade with your back-to-school campaigns

The back-to-school season is big business, prompting a flurry of spending as parents, school children and carers stock up on school uniforms and lunch boxes and give their child a fresh haircut. The ASA has rules on advertising to children, promotions and competitions, which it expects advertisers to comply with. Follow these tips to ensure that your back-to-school campaigns are top of the class.

Tips include:

  • all significant terms and conditions should be made clear in your marketing.
  • you should make clear that adult permission is likely to be required, especially on hair and beauty treatments.
  • communications aimed at children cannot include a direct exhortation to buy a product or ask someone to buy it for them.

Read more. 


Give your business an energy MOT with our new energy partnership

Our partnership with a leading energy consultancy Direct Business Solutions, helps you manage the energy pricing crisis as simply as possible by finding the energy contract best suited to your business's needs. Take advantage of our new Members only partnership providing you with:

  • Great prices and deals on your utilities
  • A choice of like-for-like quotes, putting you firmly in control
  • Simplicity, your dedicated account person will make this process hassle-free.
  • Clarity on your energy pricing and broker costs
  • Fit – Match your business needs with the best supplier

Click here to apply now


Over 3,500 barbershops opened in the past five years

The barbering industry has bounced back post COVID giving British High Streets a much-needed boost, with over 3,500 shops opened across the country in the past five years according to latest reports. 

This is encouraging news and corresponds from NHBF’s latest industry report that see that two thirds (64%) of businesses are now confident of their survival which is up from 57% in April.


Webinar: Understanding holiday entitlement

You'll want to ensure your salon or barbershop employees take all their annual leave, but how should you deal with bank holidays, maternity leave and days you're not open? And what about part-time workers and new employees who are still in their probationary period? This webinar from our legal helpline answers everything you need to know.


Video: Watch State of Industry Video

Watch NHBF's State of Industry Report highlight Video.

The latest NHBF State of the Industry survey findings show that, after a long, hard two years, the sector is finally showing again the more positive signs of recovery and levels of business confidence that we first saw in September 2021. However, the sector is still in a fragile place within a 'perfect storm' of rising staff costs, energy prices and supply price inflation. So the NHBF is calling on governments across the UK to continue to support the industry's recovery.

Read the full report here. 


Small Business Saturday launched

Running up to Small Business Saturday on 3 December, small UK businesses are encouraged to sign up. Businesses are being asked to get involved as the campaign gears up to shine a massive spotlight on small firms in every corner of the UK by visiting over 20 towns and cities this autumn, alongside a digital programme of support and mentoring.

Read news


NHBF Shines on Podcast available on general release

Episodes from Shine on Podcast by the NHBF is now available on general release.

Discussing all the latest industry news, trends and updates and hosted by Brooke Evans, one of the industry’s fastest rising stars, the general public can now listen to the full version of the podcasts here. The first episode stars Mark Woolley from Electric Space, London. 

NHBF Members will continue to get exclusive early access to the podcast episodes.


NHBF Campaigning for You

Based on Members' input, the NHBF sent a summary of the State of the Industry quarterly survey results for July to key Ministers. This included the new Chancellor Nadhim Zahawi, welcoming him to his new role and Ministers in BEIS (Department for Business), and new Small Business Minister Jane Hunt. The Business team in the Prime Minister’s Policy Unit in 10 Downing Street underlined to us that it was reassuring to see signs of recovery, that the sector represents an 'important pillar' of the UK economy and that they will 'continue to work with NHBF and the industry on the challenges you face'. We also sent the results to Economy Ministers in the four nations and a range of Parliamentary contacts in Westminster, the Senedd, Holyrood and Stormont.