16 January 2024


New Harmonised Professional Testing Protocol Announced

A new harmonised professional skin testing protocol has been announced by leading industry bodies and associations.

These respected organisations have collaborated to harmonise the changes announced by Cosmetics Europe in early 2023 with existing industry best practices. This new protocol defines a clear benchmark that all hair professionals, insurers and hair colour brands can now meet to confidently support and promote the safe use of professional hair colour services in the UK.

Read the full statement here.


GDP rise as fears of recession looms

UK economists are warning that the country may have entered a technical recession towards the end of last year. Although the UK's Gross Domestic Product (GDP) rose by 0.3% in November as compared to the previous month, it fell by 0.2% in the three months preceding November. If there is a further decline in the fourth quarter, it would indicate that the UK is in a technical recession.

Click here for further details.


State of the Industry survey

At a time of looming wage rises, falling inflation and winter energy costs, we are keen to get the very latest insights from you about how business is going.

Respond to our latest quarterly survey here.

The survey asks you questions about business activity, prices, business costs, debt, recruitment intentions and barriers to growth.

Please give us your latest views, particularly ahead of the Spring Budget scheduled for early March.

The deadline for responses is Friday 19 January at 5pm.

The survey should take around 7 minutes. Your responses are strictly confidential.


Join the NHBF Board

Are you an experienced professional in the hairdressing, beauty, nails or aesthetic industries? Have you been an NHBF Member for over a year and are passionate about making a positive impact? Then you might be interested in joining the NHBF Board and helping shape the future of the hair and beauty sector.

How to Apply:

All you need to do is complete a short statement about yourself in writing on video, or both (maximum length 3 minutes), telling us why you’d like to be on the Board and what you think you would bring, and return the application form to us by 5pm Sunday 4 February 2024.


Join the Advisory Board

If you are a skilled professional in the hairdressing, barbering, beauty, nails, or aesthetic industries and have a passion for making a positive impact, you might be interested in joining one of the NHBF Advisory Boards. By doing so, you can help shape the future of NHBF membership and work to support the sector.

How to Apply:

Please send your personal statement to membership@nhbf.co.uk by 5pm Sunday 4 February 2024.


Help to improve GOV.UK

The Government is asking all small business owners to give feedback on their experience of GOV.UK, as part of the project to redesign and improve the site. Feedback will involve the completion of a brief survey on the usability of the Government website, and participants may be asked to take part in further voluntary research or to test new GOV.UK products. The Government is keen to hear from a broad range of businesses, and participants must be 18 or older.