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Skills Shortage Reports Lead to Intense Training Show Build Up

Skills shortages and barriers to business growth receive heightened publicity in the build up to the Health and Beauty Training Show at ExCel, London.

Sir Digby Jones, former director general of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI), has been appointed the ‘skills envoy’ by the government and feels the UK faces a ‘serious decline’ in business due to poorly trained workers. A study by the international business school, INSEAD, also suggests that Britain’s ability to innovate economically could be hampered by its ‘relatively poor skill levels’.

Furthermore, a survey carried out by Business Link for London has revealed that growing a business is substantially more difficult than starting one. The research, commissioned by Panasonic, has shown that 41% of business owners agreed with this theory, and stated that a shortage in staff skills was a barrier to growth. On top of this, 17% of sole traders, 20% of business owners with between two and five staff, and 47% of business owners with more than six staff, felt that their business lacked the right skills.

But don’t be dismayed by these figures … it’s not too late. Now’s the time to refresh or update your skills and learn something new in order to run your business effectively. Bring your skills up to standard and increase the potential of your business. It’s time to put the big rocks in and build a strong foundation for growth.

The Health and Beauty Training Show, which is open to individuals in both industries, was launched at ExCeL, London, in May 2006 and promotes excellence in training. The visitors to that first show revealed the need for business training alongside industry training. Our 2007 seminar programme shows that we have listened to this feedback. This year our seminars will be dedicated to business growth, access to funding, and new business start-up advice.

Throughout the two-day exhibition we will be covering a wide range of inspirational subjects including: The Three Secrets to getting more Clients; Success is what we are – not what we have; Client Focus for Business Growth; and Starting a Business.

We also have a range of exhibitors showcasing their training courses and associated products so that you can see exactly what is on offer in the industry and work out how you can expand, develop, or simply refresh your skills.

The show promises to be an interactive experience through and through with our:

Taster Area – where students and graduates will provide mini taster treatments to visitors covering:

• Beauty
• Complementary therapies
• Hairdressing
• Sports
• Spa therapies
• Ayurveda

Interactive Workshops – An interactive area involving two different techniques taking place simultaneously. Visitors are invited to come and watch, or even take part if you dare!

The Business Clinic – Available throughout the show. Visitors have the opportunity to gain one-to-one professional advice from our team of industry experts on all issues relating to starting up, growing and managing a business.

The Networking Arena - speed networking is the fastest and most cost-effective way to positively impact your business - and it's fun! “Mini meetings” that guarantee that you meet a large number of professionals that you would never otherwise have had the chance to network with, 30 min sessions FREE sessions to be arranged at the show.

The 2006 launch show was a huge success. Almost a hundred training centres promoted their courses to individuals eager to enhance their professional development. Now 2007 promises to be even bigger and better, with two shows planned in London and Harrogate:

• 19–20 May 07, ExCeL, London
• 17–18 Nov. 07, Yorkshire Event Centre, Harrogate

Entrance tickets to the show are just £5 in advance or £10 on the door. Each day-pass provides:

• Free entry into the seminars
• Free one-to-one advice, and
• Free participation in the Speed Networking area.

Come and see the industry’s top training providers dedicated to improving skills.
Tel: 0161 241 2918 – Ticket hotline

The Health and Beauty Training Show is being organised by Topaz Events, the sister company behind the award-winning Today’s Therapist magazine, and will focus on education, training and raising the standards of excellence in the health and beauty industry.

If you would like a press pass to the show, please email your name(s), and publication name and address to

Additional information available on request:

• Images and logos
• Exhibitor’s pack
• Sponsor’s pack

For more information contact:

Angela Mahandru
0161 284 6602

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