We speak to Hair & Barber Council CEO/Registrar Keith Conniford


The Hair and Barber Council is a not for revenue Statutory Authority, arrange underneath the Hairdressers (Registration) Act of 1964. It’s the sole trade organisation that has a mandate from Authorities to keep up, develop and defend the Register of hairdressers and barbers.

We had the latest alternative to take a seat down with the council’s CEO/Registrar Keith Conniford, who changed Sally Types as the pinnacle of the organisation in June 2016.

So Keith, inform us a bit extra about your background…
I’ve been within the hairdressing trade all of my life, purchased my first salon and barbershop after I was 19.5 years of age. Subsequently labored in manufacturing and instructing/coaching. Went again into enterprise for 23 years, which was then subsequently offered in 2010. The enterprise when offered employed 268 folks in three distinct divisions; a 20 salon/retailer group all franchised over a time period, a Authorities Coaching Contract price £2.3M, and a big eCommerce enterprise promoting something hair and wonder associated on the web. The identify of this firm was ‘Lookfantastic’. I additionally sat on the ‘Studying and Abilities Council’, which funded submit 16 training throughout their tenure and was a member of ‘The Traders in Individuals’ recognition panel amongst different issues.

What do you suppose you have got dropped at the position?
A lifetime of ability and data in nearly each sector of the trade.

What adjustments have you ever applied since your appointment?
Many adjustments to incorporate, however not exhaustive; Commencing the rationalisation of the Council/Committee, the establishing of a Strategic Government Committee, the launching of The Hair and Barber Councils ‘Key Targets and Coverage Positions’, the re writing of the Councils Governance Paperwork (formally referred to as Standing Orders), the commissioning of our just lately launched trade, stakeholders and shopper knowledge analysis report, the launch in July 2017 of the brand new “Affiliate membership’, the continued progress and curiosity of MPs in our APPG (All Celebration Parliamentary Group), and the longer term implementation of the brand new ‘Junior Council’.

What are the council’s key targets?
There are 4 key targets.

1.) To introduce necessary licencing/regulation of all hairdressers and barbers and foyer for the modification of the Act of Parliament.

2.) To boost consciousness of the Hair Council with politicians and the trade.

3.) To champion hairdressers and barbers as professionals.

4.) To be the main voice of the trade.

Why do you suppose it’s so essential for the trade to be regulated?
For the hair, barber and wonder industries to ever obtain the skilled standing they want and deserve, we’ve got to make ourselves extra recognisably skilled to the general public. With regulation, ability ranges will enhance, public notion of the industries will enhance dramatically, higher costs will be charged, increased wages will be paid, and public confidence, belief and perception in these expertise/trades/crafts for his or her youngsters leaving college, will vastly enhance our profession enchantment and future recruitment potentialities. As well as, with the ‘upping’ of coaching, {qualifications} and taking care of the entrants coming into our industries, workers retention will enhance vastly.

How does somebody qualify for state registration?
Primarily based upon an entry qualification and trade expertise stage. These present ranges and particulars will be obtained from The Hair and Barber Council by contacting; registrar@haircouncil.org.uk

What are the advantages to the hair skilled of turning into state registered?
Pleasure, standing, advertising your self as a real skilled, giving your prospects confidence in that you recognize what you might be doing, encouraging folks to enter and stay within the career, sustaining excessive ranges of well being and security and hygiene, belonging to a a lot recognised, admired and extremely skilled trade!

How a lot does it price to be state registered?
£42 per individual every year.

There are some within the trade that oppose necessary state registration, arguing they don’t want a bit of paper to show they’ll lower and magnificence hair. In addition they say that hair professionals that supply a poor stage of service won’t final lengthy as shoppers will merely go elsewhere. How would you reply to those arguments?
These arguments can simply be perceived as devaluing the standing of the trade and in my view are completely outdated for 2017. To be a real ‘skilled’ and commerce as such, absolutely you have to be correctly educated and certified. State registration/regulation will guarantee this occurs. Doesn’t the buyer have the suitable to know that they’re in a secure pair of palms, that the individual doing their hair/therapy has been educated and is certified to make use of chemical substances, sharp devices and so on. and that well being and security and hygiene requirements are maintained?

Some consider the UK authorities are reluctant to herald necessary state registration as a result of they really feel it’s going to make it a lot more durable for people to open salon and barbershops and fill empty retailers on the excessive road. How would you counter this argument?
The UK Authorities for years has not taken our trade significantly sufficient, partly resulting from our personal illustration. Their notion of our trade is similar because the publics at massive, i.e. low paid, low expert and so on., which is SO very unsuitable. In addition they say that, Well being and Security is in place ought to any incidents happen, effectively how about guaranteeing incidents don’t happen by making the trade regulated, maintained and policed to start out with. So, they gas the ‘default’ profession selection that, in the event you can’t do anything, be a hairdresser/barber! This place is nonetheless, step by step altering, and with the APPG group that we arrange for the Hair and Barber trade, there at the moment are much more MPS actively supporting our trigger and seeing the necessity for this to vary. The outcomes of our just lately commissioned knowledge survey to trade, stakeholders and the buyer, overwhelmingly helps the necessity for the UK Authorities to finally take this significantly and guarantee our industries are correctly regulated sooner or later. As well as, following the launch of those knowledge survey outcomes, I used to be interviewed on BBC Breakfast, to debate the trade from the shoppers’ perspective. The suggestions from the general public following this interview was one in every of full shock and amazement that our industries weren’t regulated in any respect, all of them assumed that we had been! For a replica of this report or a hyperlink to the interview obtain, please contact; registrar@haircouncil.gov.uk

We’ve got a number of hairdressing our bodies that do a great job, such because the NHF and The Fellowship for British Hairdressing. Why do we’d like one other organisation?
The Hair and Barber Council will not be ‘one other’ organisation, it has been round since 1964. The NHF represents salon house owners and The Fellowship the artistic arm of our trade. Each do nice work for the trade, however The Hair and Barber Council is the one trade physique that has the mandate from Authorities to keep up and develop the present voluntary register. Along with which we’re the one trade physique that may really be the voice of the trade as we signify each faction of the trade, each with our major membership for hairdressers and barbers and extra just lately with the launch of our ‘Affiliate membership’, which may embody anybody that works in, with, or is intrinsically linked or is a part of the hair and/or barber trade. The Hair and Barber Council represents you/the trade…. not us.

Keith Conniford on BBC Breakfast

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