In a much-anticipated review, Bill Grimsey, former chief executive of Iceland, Wickes and Focus, looks at Britain’s vibrant independent shops, services and hospitality businesses as Britain emerges from the Covid-19 pandemic.
The review acknowledges the huge contribution made by hair and beauty, the fastest growing sector on the high street. However, it warns that the sector has become more precarious during the pandemic, with thousands of workers shifting to self-employed status.
It is also suffering from a lack of regulation, and deteriorating standards are encouraging a race to the bottom.
The UK is one of the only countries in Europe and North America where hairdressers and barbers aren’t regulated. Furthermore, after a week’s course, people can start injecting Botulin or reshaping customers’ faces with a dermal filler.
Read the full review here.