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The ninth annual British Hairdressing Business Awards has announced the individuals and salons who have each won a prestigious award at an exclusive presentation, hosted by ITV’s most respected newscaster, Sir Trevor MacDonald at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London.

Hairdressers Journal International launched the British Hairdressing Business Awards in 1999 to raise the profile of the professional hairdressing industry to recognise and reward innovation, business acumen and excellence throughout the industry. “Dedication and commitment to excellence is something that each finalist has demonstrated,” commented Publisher/Editor-in-Chief of Hairdressers Journal International, Jayne Lewis-Orr. “Each finalist represents the best the hairdressing industry has to offer.”

To enter the British Hairdressing Business Awards, salons or individuals have to meet the criteria set down by the sponsors and the organisers. The initial judging process is held over two days, with two representatives from each of the sponsors – Wella Professionals, Schwarzkopf Professional, Fudge, Racoon International, Clynol Salon Exclusive, Sabre, Sebastian Professional, L’Oreal Professionnel, Hairaisers, Veaudry and Welonda taking part in the first day. Judges cannot confer with one another during the judging, with the individual judges marking all entries independently.

The top entries in each category are put forward to the next round of the judging process. An independent panel of judges including web designers, interior designers, a finance manager and journalists from Real Business Magazine, City AM, Marie-Claire and the Daily Telegraph along with independent industry experts judge these dossiers. The judges go through the same process as before, marking each entry individually. In some categories, salons may receive mystery client visits or calls, and finalists in the Junior/Assistant of the Year, Manager of the Year and Business Director of the Year categories take part in face-to-face interviews.

The night got off to a fantastic start as Scottish salon owners, Alan & Linda Stewart of Rainbow Room International were inducted into the British Hairdressing Business Awards Hall of Fame for the second time, having won the Training Award category three times and previously been awarded the Salon Team of the Year Award three times. Also inducted into the Hall of Fame were Kingston-upon-Thames based Headquarters, as they had won the Salon of the Year Award three times. Rainbow Room International and Headquarters join the illustrious group of hairdressing salons who have previously been inducted into the Hall of Fame - Seanhanna, Paterson SA, Ishoka and Headlines. Individual awards were announced after a cocktail reception and four-course dinner. Winners received an exclusive, beautifully designed British Hairdressing Business Awards trophy inlaid with eighteen-carat gold.

The 2007 British Hairdressing Business Awards Winners:

Customer Care Award - Sponsored by Sabre
Migele Experience,Kirkcaldy

Junior/Assistant of the Year - Sponsored by Fudge
Leah Walton,The Colour Room,Stockport

Manager of the Year - Sponsored by L’Oréal Professionnel
Mark Wooley,Saks Hair & Beauty,Brighton

Innovation/Website of the Year - Sponsored by Veaudry
The Chapel,Tunbridge Wells

Salon Design Award - Sponsored by Welonda
Brady, Guernsey

Salon Team of the Year - Sponsored by Racoon International
Saks Hair & Beauty,Brighton

Independent Salon – Business Newcomer - Sponsored by Wella Professionals
Pure Aveda Lifestyle,Swansea

Training Award - Sponsored by Wella Professionals
Zappas,Wokingham, Berkshire

Salon of the Year 1 - Sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional
Maxwells Professional Hairdressing,Biggleswade, Bedforshire

Salon of the Year 2 - Sponsored by Clynol Salon Exclusive
Tommy’s Hair Company,Ruthin, North Wales

Retail Salon of the Year - Sponsored by Sebastian Professional
Seanhanna salons, Wimbledon

Marketing Award - Sponsored by Hairaisers
Hooker & Young, Newcastle

Business Director of the Year - Sponsored by Hairdressers Journal International
Alan & Linda Stewart,Rainbow Room International,Glasgow

For further information on the British Hairdressing Business Awards please contact:

Alison Jameson or Neill Mabbott at Alison Jameson Consultants
Tel: +44 131 621 7210
Fax: +44 131 621 7215

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