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NHBF: Here With You Every Step of the Way

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As you set out on an exciting career in the hairdressing or barbering industry, you’ve probably got big plans for the future.


You may be thinking that self-employed chair renting will be the way forward for you, or perhaps your ambition is to open your own salon.

Whatever dreams you have, we’re here to help them come true every step of the way.

The National Hair & Beauty Federation (NHBF) is a membership organisation for hair and beauty professionals that offers a wide range of value-for-money benefits and discounts on vital business essentials. Established in 1942, the NHBF has over 7,000 members and is the UK’s largest trade body for the hair, beauty and barbering industries.

The NHBF focuses on helping members to run successful and profitable hair and beauty businesses by providing advice, specialist support and tailored services to meet the unique challenges of running a salon or barbershop.

Always there for you

When you’re running a business, either as a self-employed chair renter or the owner of a salon or barbershop, there will be a lot to think about – from health & safety, tax, insurance and employment law to knowing how to turn a profit and grow your business into the future.

NHBF Members have access to our friendly membership team for help with everyday business enquiries or our free 24/7 legal helpline for any trickier issues.

Members tell us what matters 

Each year, the NHBF runs various surveys to its members and non-members to understand the industry’s current state. Results from those surveys shape our work and lead us to campaign at the highest levels on the key issues that affect salon/barbershop businesses, including Covid-19 recovery, tax, wages and apprenticeships.

We are also raising awareness of important industry topics such as employment law, mental health, inclusivity, and sustainability, and providing information and resources to help our Members while making sure their voice is heard.

Here are just a few of the issues we have campaigned for in the past year:

    • Clear and workable guidelines to ensure the safety of business owners, their staff and clients during the Covid-19 pandemic.
    • A range of apprenticeship standards to equip individuals with ‘job-ready’ skills, matched to employer demand, including suitable, regulated qualifications.
    • For the hair and beauty industries to be an inclusive industry across race, gender, sexuality, and disability.

Shaping the Future of the Industry campaign

The NHBF has dedicated July to the new generation of hair and beauty apprentices and learners just starting in their career. We want to start a discussion and ask what the future of hairdressing looks like, and is it what you want? We need apprentices and learners just starting in their careers to join the conversation, and let us know your thoughts. Head over to Concept Hair Magazine’s social channels to join in the conversation.

For more information about the NHBF, visit

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