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Launched in 1999, HJ’s British Hairdressing Business Awards were designed to recognise and reward salons and individuals for their business skills and acumen. Year-on-year, the British Hairdressing Business Awards have grown in stature, and are now established as the major business event within the hairdressing calendar, one, which celebrates the extremely high standards found within hairdressing salons throughout the United Kingdom. The British Hairdressing Business Awards have proven that salons - both large and small have fantastic skills, business acumen and run highly profitable salons, in many cases with a multi-million pound turnover.

“The awards have proven to be a tremendous motivator and entering gives salons the opportunity to examine their structure and policies and provides them with a fantastic platform to present their business skills to their peers,” comments Publisher/Editor-in-Chief, of Hairdressers Journal International, Jayne Lewis-Orr. “There’s a category suitable for everyone from Independent Salon - Business Newcomer to Junior of the Year and Salon Design of the Year. British hairdressing is not only creative, we also have some of the best business brains in the country working within our industry, and the British Hairdressing Business Awards recognise and reward this.”

There are 13 British Hairdressing Business Awards, which range from the Customer Care Award to the Salon of the Year Award, through to the Business Director of the Year title, sponsored by Hairdressers Journal International. This award is presented to the person who has, through hard work, dedication and strong business expertise developed their business and achieved many of their goals. Previous winners read like a who’s who of business entrepreneurs – Jon MacLeod from Paterson SA (who won this award in 1999 and in 2005), Stephen Messias from the Keith Hall Group, Phil Smith from Toni & Guy, Sean Hanna from the seanhanna group, Marc Westerman from Westrow and the three directors of hob salons, Akin Konizi, Paul Simbler and Clive Collins along with Alan & Linda Stewart from Glasgow’s Rainbow Room International secured the title twice, once in 2002 and again in 2007. The current holder of this prestigious title is Andrew Phouli, director of the 36 strong group Rush London.

To enter the awards, salon’s or individuals have to complete the criteria set down by Hairdressers Journal International and the sponsors of that particular category. This is then judged by a panel of judges from the sponsoring companies and then passed on to a panel of independent judges from all walks of business life, including banking, marketing and advertising. From these two judging sessions, six finalists in each category are chosen. In certain categories mystery visits are made to salons and in the Manager, Junior and Business Director of the Year categories a panel of industry expert’s interview the finalists.

The British Hairdressing Business Awards takes place at the Royal Lancaster Hotel in London on Sunday 27th September 2009, where a leading media personality will announce the winners in the following categories will be announced.


Customer Care Award
Sponsored by Kérastase

Junior of the Year
Sponsored by Fudge

Manager of the Year
Sponsored by L’Oréal Professionnel

Salon Design Award
Sponsored by Aston & Fincher

Salon Team of the Year
Sponsored by Balmain

Independent Salon – Business Newcomer
Sponsored by Great Lengths

Training Award
Sponsored by Wella Professionals

Salon of the Year 1
Sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional

Salon of the Year 2
Sponsored by Clynol Salon Exclusive

Retail Salon of the Year
Sponsored by TIGI

Marketing Award
Sponsored by Hairdressers Journal International

Innovation of the Year (Including Website of the Year)
Sponsored by Hairdressers Journal International

Business Director of the Year
Sponsored by Hairdressers Journal International

For further information on the British Hairdressing Business Awards please contact Alison Jameson or Rachael Ross at Alison Jameson Consultants on +44 131 621 7210, fax +44 131 621 7215 or email; alison@alisonjamesonpr.com





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