Research commissioned to assess the economic impact of the hair and beauty sector in Wales was revealed to Assembly Members and invited guests at Senedd in Cardiff on Tuesday night (December 5).
ISA Training, the largest independent hair and beauty training provider in Wales, with its head office in Pencoed, Bridgend, commissioned the research to get the hard facts about the sector’s importance to Wales.
Chief executive Shirley Davis-Fox, MBE, the Hair and Barber Council’s political director and board member for Wales, insists the economic impact assessment report ought to be essential reading for politicians.
She has long been campaigning to professionalise the sector and to gain widespread respect for the craft skills needed to succeed.
“Hair, barbering and beauty salons are the heartbeat of Welsh high streets, boosting the local economy, keeping communities alive and developing entrepreneurial skills,” she said. “They provide essential services that we all need.”
She is expected to challenge the Welsh Government to recognise hair and beauty as a priority sector and to improve careers advice to accurately reflect the professional opportunities available to school leavers.
“I commissioned this important research to identify and highlight the true economic value and impact of the hair and beauty sector to Wales with specific reference to the number of people employed, the businesses within local authority areas and their gross value added (GVA) contribution to the economy,” said Mrs Davis-Fox.
“This is the first time that a peer-reviewed economic impact assessment of the sector has been conducted, specific to a devolved administration and I am delighted that we now have the hard facts and evidence to back up our statements and to support our political engagement.”