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Assistant/Junior of The Year

The future of the industry - this category is open to any junior or assistant who has been in training for a maximum of three years up to the end of June 2019.

Finalists in this category will be required to attend an interview at a venue in London. These will be held on Monday 22nd July and Tuesday 23rd July 2019. If you are unable to attend in person you will automatically be disqualified from the Awards

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  1. Why should you win this award? Can be submitted in a word answer and/or 90 sec video filmed on your phone.
  2. Why did you choose hairdressing as your career and what are your aspirations for the future? 
  3. What training have you received from the salon you work in and what have you gained from this training? Tell us about the courses and any qualifications you have gained.
  4. Who do you admire and why?
  5. Have you been involved in any shows or salon promotions and if so, what role did you play in them?
  6. Upload 2 photographs showing your creative skills and include a short description of how you achieved each look.
  7. Upload three testimonials
  8. Upload copies of any training certificates

Business Director of The Year

The driving force behind the business – forward thinkers, entrepreneurs and strategisers.

A joint entry may consist of a maximum of three directors.

Finalists in this category will be required to attend an interview at a venue in London. These will be held on Monday 22nd July and Tuesday 23rd July 2019. If you are unable to attend in person you will automatically be disqualified from the Awards.

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  1. Why should you win this award? Can be submitted in a word answer (300 words max) and/or 90 sec video filmed on your phone.
  2. As a Director of your company – what is your role?
  3. As a Director, what are you most proud of?
  4. How do you motivate others?
  5. What skills do you have that allow you to excel in your role?
  6. What are your passions within the hairdressing industry and how do others in the industry view you?
  7. List any additional activities you are involved in within the industry.
  8. Upload a recent photograph of yourself
  9. Describe your professional self in 50 words

Customer Service Award

Do you value your client's journey and experience through the Salon? This category is open to salons and their team who go above and beyond to ensure their clients receive the best customer service and care. 

This category has been updated from the Customer Care category to incorporate all aspects of a customer’s experience.

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  1. What do you think customer care means and why do you feel your customer care is the best? Can be submitted in a word answer (300 words max) and/or 90 sec video filmed on your phone.
  2. How do you decide on your customer service programme? Demonstrate what elements of customer service you have in place for your client’s journey through the salon and what would make a potential new client believe they are going to receive excellent customer service when they walk through your door.
  3. What percentage of customers return to your salon? (option to provide evidence)
  4. What impact do the team have on your business and customer experience? Reference retail sales, repeat bookings, client feedback/testimonials and any other relevant information to support your answer. 
  5. Tell us how you ensure your team implement your customer service programme - How do you evaluate your team’s success in implementing all the customer service requirements? (option to provide evidence)
  6. What specific areas of your customer service policy have most contributed to your success in business?
  7. Upload one team photo, one photo of the salon interior and one of the exterior. 

Educator of the Year

For the best educators in the country – this category is open to a salon or group of salons, which train up to NVQ Level 3 or equivalent.

This category name has been updated from Training Award. 

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  1. Why is your training policy superior and why should you win this award? Can be submitted in a word answer (300 word max) and/or 90 sec video filmed on your phone.
  2. Give a brief description of your training policy and explain its structure. Include you implement the training programme and ensure you meet the NVQ or equivalent criteria? Provide evidence.
  3. What appraisal systems do you have in place? How do you give staff recognition? Upload real examples of appraisal methods used and reward schemes.
  4. What methods of evaluation and feedback do you use? Upload a real example of a trainee’s programme, assessment and feedback.
  5. How has the training affected the success of your team and individuals? (option to upload evidence of success results) 
  6. Upload one team photograph

Franchisee of The Year

The brains behind the business – this category is open to all franchisees in relation to one salon and not multiple locations

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  1. Why should you win this award? Can be submitted in a word answer (300 words max) and/or 90 sec video filmed on your phone.
  2. Why did you choose to franchise? What factors were important to you when choosing which franchise to take in?
  3. Use bullet points to detail the support that you receive from Head Office and how you utilise this to manage and grow your business.
  4. Upload and show in graph form the annual turnover of the salon for the last two financial years and the level of gross profit during the same period. 
  5. How have you and your team adopted the brand and ethos of the franchise?
  6. List the promotional and marketing activity you have undertaken in the last 12 months and include both trade and consumer activity (upload examples)
  7. List the policies you have in place to ensure good customer relations. (upload examples).
  8. Using bullet points, list the key aims and objectives of your marketing and promotional plans and outline how you plan to grow your business. 
  9. Using bullet points, list the key elements of your training policy. 
  10. What career opportunities are offered to staff? Please also upload examples.
  11. Upload one photograph of the interior of your salon
  12. Upload one photograph of the exterior of your salon
  13. Upload a completed assessment form that you use to monitor staff performance.

Independent Salon – Business Newcomer

This category is open to owners of new independent salons which are less than two years old by the end of June 2019.

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  1. Tell us about your exciting new salon. Can be submitted in a word answer (300 words max) and/or 90 sec video filmed on your phone.
  2. What was your dream when you started out in business and what are your aspirations?
  3. What methods and services have you used to achieve growth in your gross turnover? Please upload evidence. 
  4. Why are you so successful and how do you measure this? Please upload examples.
  5. Please include your business plan and a P&L to demonstrate your set up costs? Can be submitted as text answer or uploaded document. 
  6. Upload one exterior & interior of the Salon. 

Innovation of The Year

For entrepreneurs who make their visions a reality – this category is open to anyone who has launched a product or idea which is new to the hairdressing industry.

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  1. What is the concept or product you are entering for this award and why is it innovative? Can be submitted in a word answer (300 words max) and/or 90 sec video filmed on your phone.
  2. Why do you feel the concept/product is useful to the industry?
  3. What are your aims for the concept/product?
  4. How have you measured its success? Upload evidence.
  5. How have you promoted the concept or product? Upload and/or send any internal or external promotional material used and if submitting a product, please supply a sample. 
  6. Photographic evidence of your innovation 

Male Grooming Salon/Barbershop of the Year

This category is open to all barbers and salons that cater for male clients.

Male grooming is a huge part of the hairdressing business sector and 2018 saw barbershops thrive on the British high street so we have opened up this category to barber shops as well as male grooming salons.

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  1. Tell us why your men’s hairdressing business should win this award. Can be submitted in a word answer (300 words max) and/or 90 sec video filmed on your phone.
  2. Tell us about the décor, furniture, services and products you use that make you the best male grooming salon/barbershop in your area.
  3. Upload a graph showing the annual turnover of the salon for the last two financial years and the level of gross profit.
  4. Explain how you market your services and products to your male clients. Please upload examples. 
  5. Tell us about your staff incentives, training programmes and activities you undertake as a team.
  6. Upload one exterior & one interior of the Salon/Barber Shop 

Manager of The Year

For those that manage, inspire and motivate a salon or individual. The entry must be based on managing a single salon.

Finalists in this category will be required to attend an interview at a venue in London. These will be held on Monday 22nd July and Tuesday 23rd July 2019. If you are unable to attend in person you will automatically be disqualified from the Awards. 

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  1. Tell us why you feel you deserve the title Manager of the Year? Can be submitted in a word answer (300 words max) and/or 90 sec video filmed on your phone.
  2. What makes you a great manager? Give examples of all your management skills.
  3. Provide a brief case history of how you manage your team. Please upload any evidence 
  4. What makes you different from others in managing your salon? Provide examples of actions and outcomes.
  5. Upload a recent photograph of yourself (high res)

Marketing Campaign of the Year

For the best communicators in the business – this award is open to any salon or group.

This category has been updated from the Marketing Award to make sure all areas of marketing within the hairdressing industry can enter.

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  1. Tell us about your brand image and how this has evolved and why should you win this award? Can be submitted in a word answer (300 words max) and/or 90 sec video filmed on your phone.
  2. Upload and/or send examples of any promotional material.
  3. Describe your approach when putting together your marketing strategy.
  4. What is special about your marketing strategy? How does it differ from competitors? Provide an example of a successful marketing campaign and the costs.
  5. How do you measure, monitor and evaluate your marketing plan? Also upload evidence to back up your approach.
  6. What is your marketing budget and what is it spent on?
  7. Talk us through your website and how it has benefited the business. Upload evidence of any marketing material used to encourage use of the website and add links to online activity.
  8. Photographic evidence of your marketing campaign

Salon Design Award

For a new or redesigned salon that has been trading for a minimum of six months by the end of June 2019.

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  1. Tell us why you opened your new look salon and how this fits with your brand ethos. Can be submitted in a word answer (300 words max) and/or 90 sec video filmed on your phone.
  2. Detail your design brief, what inspired your ideas and what were the aims and objectives for selecting the final design (200 words max).
  3. Tell us about your design challenges and solutions (200 words max). Please upload evidence.
  4. Explain how the finished design met your original brief, aims and objectives (200 words max).
  5. Talk us through your budget: initial design budget, furniture costs, your final costs and whether there were any additional or unforeseen costs.
  6. Show us (month by month) how the redesign/opening has affected salon turnover. Please include evidence. If you are submitting a redesign, please show comparisons in turnover before and after the redesign. What has the salon turnover been in the six months since the redesign/opening? Upload evidence
  7. Upload before photographs
  8. Upload during (if available) photographs
  9. Upload after photographs
  10. Upload any mood boards that were used in the inception of the design
  11. Upload three photographs of the interior of the salon after completion to include:
    • Reception
    • Main salon
    • Back wash zone
  12. Upload a photograph of the exterior of the salon
  13. Upload examples of your salon stationery

Salon of The Year 1

Are you a single salon with an annual turnover of more than £350k? Then this category is for you. This category relates to an independently owned salon or one salon within a group.

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  1. Why do you think your salon should win this award? Can be submitted in a word answer (300 words max) and/or 90 sec video filmed on your phone. 
  2. Upload a graph showing the annual turnover of the salon for the last two financial years and the level of gross profit.
  3. List the policies you have in place to ensure good customer relations.
  4. Tell us about the guidelines you have in place when dealing with customer complaints.
  5. Shout about the promotional and marketing activity which has taken place during the past year. Please upload examples 
  6. List the key aims and objectives of your marketing and promotional plans.
  7. Upload a completed assessment form that you have used to monitor performance.
  8. Tell us about the key elements of your training policy, including career opportunities. Upload examples 
  9. Upload one Exterior & one Interior image of the Salon 

Salon of The Year 2

Are you a single salon with an annual turnover of less than £350k? Then this category is for you. This category relates to an independently owned salon or one salon within a group.

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  1. Why do you think your salon should win this award? Can be submitted in a word answer (300 words max) and/or 90 sec video filmed on your phone. 
  2. Upload a graph showing the annual turnover of the salon for the last two financial years and the level of gross profit.
  3. List the policies you have in place to ensure good customer relations.
  4. Tell us about the guidelines you have in place when dealing with customer complaints.
  5. Shout about the promotional and marketing activity which has taken place during the past year. Please upload examples 
  6. List the key aims and objectives of your marketing and promotional plans.
  7. Upload a completed assessment form that you have used to monitor performance.
  8. Tell us about the key elements of your training policy, including career opportunities. Upload examples 
  9. Upload one Exterior & one Interior image of the Salon 

Salon Stylist of The Year

For the best stylist in the business, entrants must be fully qualified and work full-time in a UK salon. 

Finalists in this category will be required to attend an interview at a venue in London. These will be held on Monday 22nd July and Tuesday 23rd July 2019. If you are unable to attend in person you will automatically be disqualified from the Awards.

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  1. Why do you feel you deserve the title Salon Stylist of the Year? Can be submitted in a word answer (300 words max) and/or 90 sec video filmed on your phone.
  2. Describe your client’s journey, from consultation through to aftercare and rebooking.
  3. Please provide (Based on the last year from Friday 15th June 2018) and upload any evidence for the statistics:
    • average number of clients per week
    • average bill
    • rebooking statistics
    • upsells to include treatments and technical services
    • new client request figures
    • retail results (including average client spend)
  4. How do you keep up-to-date with the latest techniques and trends? Please provide:
    • training courses attended in the last 12 months
    • magazines, websites and events you use to gain inspiration
    • any professional bodies or associations you are a member of
  5. Outside of your column what do you do to contribute to the salon team? Please provide:
    • details of any internal training provided
    • charitable or social activities organised
    • shows or seminars participated in
    • other (as relevant)
  6. Upload three client testimonials 
  7. Upload copies of any training certificates.

Salon Team of The Year

The team is the backbone of any salon business – this category celebrates teams of three or more employees.

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  • Tell us why your team should win this award.  Can be submitted in a word answer (300 words max) and/or 90 sec video filmed on your phone.
  • Upload examples of external PR which relate to your team. 
  • What does your team offer and what makes them special?
  • What team building activities and/or initiatives do you have in place to ensure team integration and motivation and what new activities have you undertaken as a team? Include a short description of how you worked together and what these activities achieved.
  • Upload ONE photo of the Salon Team (high res) 

Social Stylist of the Year

Are you a whizz at creating hype around your latest Instagram posts? Is your inbox flooded with direct messages from followers wanting you to work your hair magic? This award is for the stylist with the best online presence and strategy that attracts clients to their business.

Entrants can be freelance or based full-time in a salon

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  1. In a 90 second video explain why you feel you deserve the title Social Stylist of the Year? 
  2. What is your social media strategy and how do you entice new clients with your posts? 
  3. What was your Instagram or Facebook follower count in March 2018 and what is your follower count now? 
  4. Upload your three most popular posts since March 2018, stating the amount of likes and comments for each and explain why you think these posts had the best engagement. 
  5. Upload three client testimonials from customer who discovered you through your social media account.