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NHBF Sponsors Catwalk Hairdressing and Half Body Painting at AHT National Competition 2024

The National Hair and Beauty Federation (NHBF) is proud to announce its sponsorship of the Catwalk Hairdressing and Half Body Painting categories at the 2024 Association of Hairdressers and Therapists (AHT) National Competition.

The AHT National Competition showcases the exceptional talents and creativity of aspiring hair and beauty professionals from training centres nationwide. By sponsoring the Catwalk Hairdressing and Half Body Painting categories, the NHBF aims to empower and inspire the next generation of professionals specialising in these particular areas of the sector.

Read the full statement here


Lend to SMEs increase in Q1 2024

UK Finance data shows that further growth in business lending from high street banks took place at the start of 2024, following an increase at the end of 2023. Q1 2024 saw a 15 per cent increase compared with the previous quarter. At just over £4 billion, this was eight per cent higher than in the same period in 2023.

While most regions in the UK saw this growth, the greatest increases in new lending to SMEs took place in the East Midlands, London and the North East. Lending rose in eight of the ten main sectors covered by UK Finance data, with the largest increases to SMEs operating in education, real estate, professional services and construction.


Lilac Review

The NHBF met with Small Business Britain last week who are leading the Lilac Review. It is an independent review aiming to tackle the inequality faced by disabled-led businesses and level up entrepreneurial opportunities across the UK. The review remit also includes neurodiversity. The review launched in February 2024 and is seeking to identify the barriers faced by disabled-led businesses in the UK and develop an action plan to remove them.

You can access their interim report here:


If you would like to get involved in the review please contact hello@lilacreview.com or rosina.robson@nhbf.co.uk to take part in the review research or get involved in events or networking opportunities.


Small Business Britain

Small Business Britain is a leading advocate for small businesses and offers free training opportunities on a wide range of topics, all year round. 

Sign-up is currently open for their free CPD-certified sustainability training programme which starts 9 September. The online course runs for 6 weeks, with modules available to watch on catch-up. 

For more information on course content and to sign up, visit the website here: https://smallbusinessbritain.uk/sustainability-for-small-business 


NHBF 2024 Annual General Meeting

The 82nd Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on Monday 1 July 2024 at 2 pm at National Hair & Beauty Federation, One Abbey Court, Fraser Road, Priory Business Park, Bedford, MK44 3WH. 

Members are welcome to attend the AGM – please notify enquiries@nhbf.co.uk if you wish to attend. Only Members will be admitted.

Members are asked to look out for your email or letter with your link to cast your vote online.  Your vote counts!

To view the agenda and relevant documents please go to:  https://www.nhbf.co.uk/documents/nhbf-agm-2024/