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Entry Deadline 8th April 2022


Franchisee of The Year

If you’re the brains behind a fantastic, thriving franchise, this is the category for you.

You’ve taken a franchise and made it your own, with a strong brand identity, engaged team and exceptional customer service.

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1. Why should you win this award? Tell us why you deserve to win in a 90-second video (can be filmed on your phone).

2. Why did you decide to franchise? Tell us why you opened your salon, how you work with your franchisor and how you’ve created your own business identity. (Maximum 350 words)

3. How are you growing your business? Tell us about your marketing strategy and how you have developed your franchise, as well as outlining your objectives for future growth. (Maximum 350 words)

4. How have you developed your team? Tell us about your team. How do you attract new team members, develop and evaluate your existing team and motivate them through education and opportunities? (Maximum 350 words)

5. How do you engage with the hairdressing industry? Tell us about the ways you stay inspired and motivated by the industry. Include information about shows, seminars and competitions you and the team have participated in, industry bodies you are a member of, and any other activities that show your ongoing commitment to professional and creative growth. (Maximum 350 words)

6. Show us your business in numbers. Please provide: ● Turnover of the business for the last two financial years (in graph form) ● Gross profit for the same period (in graph form) ● Retail figures for the same period (in graph form) ● Average number of clients per week ● Number of team members

7. Please provide photographs of your salon

Marketing Campaign of The Year

If you’ve created a captivating campaign for your salon, it’s time to share your story.

You’ve not only got a strong brand identity, but you’ve also produced a dynamic marketing campaign in the last year, which has had real results.

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1. Why should you win this award? Tell us why you deserve to win in a 90-second video (can be filmed on your phone) or in 250 written words.

2. How would you describe your salon’s brand? Tell us about your salon’s overall brand identity. Include information about your business aesthetic, brand values and clients, and how it all comes together as one cohesive brand. (Maximum 350 words)

3. Outline a successful marketing campaign you’ve produced in the last 12 months. Tell us about your objectives for the campaign, why you launched it and how and where it was implemented. Your campaign could be for anything from an in-salon promotion or new service to a launch or rebrand. (Maximum 350 words)

4. How did you measure the success of your campaign? Tell us how you monitored, measured and evaluated your campaign, as well as any changes or updates you made to your original plan once the campaign was live, and why. (Maximum 350 words)

5. How did this campaign fit with your overall approach to marketing? Tell us about your overall marketing strategy and explain how this campaign complements everything else you do as a brand. (Maximum 350 words)

6. Show us your business in numbers. Please provide: ● Cost of marketing campaign (please break down in detail) ● ROI of marketing campaign (please break down in detail) ● Turnover of the business for the last two financial years (in graph form) ● Gross profit for the same period (in graph form) ● Retail figures for the same period (in graph form)

7. Please provide photographs of your salon

Salon of The Year 1

If you’re a single salon with an annual turnover of more than £350k, this is the category for you.

This category is open to independently-owned salons, or one salon within a group.

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1. Why should you win this award? Tell us why you deserve to win in a 90-second video (can be filmed on your phone) or in 250 written words.

2. How is your salon different? Tell us what makes your salon unique, including a brief overview of your business model, your branding and marketing, and your clients and services. (Maximum 350 words)

3. How do you make your clients feel special? Tell us why your clients love you, including an overview of the customer journey, customer services policies, client benefits, and how you handle complaints. (Maximum 350 words)

4. How do you develop your team? Tell us how you inspire and motivate your team, including an overview of training, assessment and opportunities for growth. (Maximum 350 words)

5. How do you engage with the hairdressing industry? Tell us about the ways you stay inspired and motivated by the industry. Include information about shows, seminars and competitions you and the team have participated in, industry bodies you are a member of, and any other activities that show your ongoing commitment to professional and creative growth. (Maximum 350 words)

6. Show us your business in numbers. Please provide: ● Turnover of the business for the last two financial years (in graph form) ● Gross profit for the same period (in graph form) ● Retail figures for the same period (in graph form) ● Average number of clients per week ● Number of team members

7. Please provide photographs of your salon

Salon of The Year 2

If you’re a single salon with an annual turnover of less than £350k, this is the category for you.

This category is open to independently-owned salons, or one salon within a group.

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1. Why should you win this award? Tell us why you deserve to win in a 90-second video (can be filmed on your phone) or in 250 written words.

2. How is your salon different? Tell us what makes your salon unique, including a brief overview of your business model, your branding and marketing, and your clients and services. (Maximum 350 words)

3. How do you make your clients feel special? Tell us why your clients love you, including an overview of the customer journey, customer services policies, client benefits, and how you handle complaints. (Maximum 350 words)

4. How do you develop your team? Tell us how you inspire and motivate your team, including an overview of training, assessment and opportunities for growth. (Maximum 350 words)

5. How do you engage with the hairdressing industry? Tell us about the ways you stay inspired and motivated by the industry. Include information about shows, seminars and competitions you and the team have participated in, industry bodies you are a member of, and any other activities that show your ongoing commitment to professional and creative growth. (Maximum 350 words)

6. Show us your business in numbers. Please provide: ● Turnover of the business for the last two financial years (in graph form) ● Gross profit for the same period (in graph form) ● Retail figures for the same period (in graph form) ● Average number of clients per week ● Number of team members

7. Please provide photographs of your salon

Assistant of The Year

If you’re the future of hairdressing, it’s time to make your mark.

This category is open to any assistant who has been training for a maximum of three years up to the end of June 2021.

Finalists in this category will be required to attend an interview (virtual or in person), in the week commencing 9th May 2022.

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1. Why should you win this award? Tell us why you deserve to win in a 90-second video (can be filmed on your phone).

2. Why did you choose hairdressing as a career? Tell us why you chose a career in hairdressing, and what you love about your job. (Maximum 350 words)

3. How are you progressing as a hairdresser? Tell us about the training you have undertaken (in your current salon or elsewhere), and any qualifications you have received. What have you gained from this education, and how is it helping your career progress? (Maximum 350 words)

4. What are your aspirations? Tell us about where you would like to take your career next. What are your plans for growth in the next 12 months, and what are your goals and hopes for the future? Whose career inspires you? (Maximum 350 words)

5. How do you engage with the hairdressing industry? Tell us about the ways you stay inspired and motivated by the industry. Include information about shows, seminars and competitions that you have participated in, industry bodies you are a member of, and any other activities that show your ongoing commitment to professional and creative growth. (Maximum 350 words)

6. Show us your work Upload two images of your hairdressing work; they should sum up your personal approach to hair and represent the very best of your abilities. Please include a short description for each of how you achieved the look.

7. Please provide photographs of your salon

Business Director of The Year

If you’re a business visionary with a forward-thinking approach to running a salon, and the results and reputation to back it up, it’s time to claim your title.

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

Finalists in this category will be required to attend an interview (virtual or in person) in the week commencing 9th May 2022.

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1. Why should you win this award? Tell us why you deserve to win in a 90-second video (can be filmed on your phone).

2. What does your role entail? Tell us what your role as director of the company entails, both on a day-to-day basis, and the bigger picture of running a successful business. (Maximum 350 words)

3. How have you excelled in the industry? Tell us about some of your proudest achievements in business, breaking down the skills it has taken to reach them. (Maximum 350 words)

4. How do you inspire others? Tell us about how you motivate and inspire both your direct salon team, and others in the hairdressing industry. How do others in the industry view you? (Maximum 350 words)

5. How have you evolved your career to stay relevant? Tell us about the ways your career has developed over the years, including any challenges you faced and how you tackled them, and any new roles you have taken on. If you have launched products, franchises or any other new adjacent businesses, tell us about them here. (Maximum 350 words)

6. How do you engage with the hairdressing industry? Tell us about the ways you stay inspired and motivated by the industry. Include information about shows, seminars and competitions you and your team have participated in, industry bodies you are a member of, and any other activities that show your ongoing commitment to professional and creative growth. (Maximum 350 words)

7. Show us your business in numbers. Please provide: ● Number of years established ● Number of team members ● Turnover of the business for the last two financial years (in graph form) ● Gross profit for the same period (in graph form) ● Retail figures for the same period (in graph form) ● Average number of clients per week

8. Please provide photographs of your salon

Customer Service Award

If your salon prioritises client care, it’s time to be recognised for your service.

You’ll have an exceptional track record of putting clients first, providing a consistent and all-encompassing five-star experience from start to finish.

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1. Why should you win this award? Tell us what customer care means to you, and why you deserve to win this category in a 90-second video (can be filmed on your phone) or in 250 written words.

2. How do you make clients feel special? Tell us how you developed your customer service programme, including any inspirations and research undertaken. Then, provide an overview of the customer journey from start to finish. (Maximum 350 words)

3. How do your team contribute to the customer experience? Tell us how your team brings to life your customer service, the training you undertake with them to maintain standards and any performance-related rewards you provide in relation to client care. (Maximum 350 words)

4. How do you maintain consistency in standards? Tell us how you monitor, measure and evaluate customer service to maintain high standards. What methods and which platforms do you use to gather feedback, and how do you respond to negative reviews? How often do you tweak and develop elements of your customer care? (Maximum 350 words)

5. How have your high standards of customer service led to business success? Tell us how your customer service has contributed to your overall success in business. (Maximum 350 words)

6. Show us your business in numbers. Please provide: ● Turnover of the business for the last two financial years (in graph form) ● Gross profit for the same period (in graph form) ● Retail figures for the same period (in graph form) ● Overall repeat booking rate (as a percentage)

7. Please provide photographs of your salon 

Educator of The Year

If you empower others through education, this is the category for you.

This category is open to any educator who teaches hairdressers and covers technical, creative and business skills. It is open to in-house educators, freelancers and training providers, and the education can be delivered in-person or online, including through social media.

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1. Why should you win this award? Tell us why you deserve to win in a 90-second video (can be filmed on your phone).

2. What is your education philosophy? Tell us why education is important to you, and why you have chosen to work as an educator. Provide an overview of the type of education you provide, and why. (Maximum 350 words)

3. How do you deliver education? Tell us about how you deliver education, and why you have chosen that format. Provide an overview of how a typical education session might go, from start to finish. (Maximum 350 words)

4. How do you appraise learners? Tell us about how you evaluate learner success. Provide an overview of your appraisal process, including assessment, feedback and any relevant reward schemes or qualifications provided. (Maximum 350 words)

5. How do you evolve your education to stay relevant? Tell us about the ways you adapt and develop your education to keep it fresh, relevant and appealing to learners. Share any feedback methods you use, as well as insight into how you get inspired as an educator. (Maximum 350 words)

6. How has your education had an impact? Tell us how your training has had an impact on the success of a team, or on the personal development of an individual. Provide a brief case study highlighting real-world results that have been driven by your education. (Maximum 350 words)

7. Please provide photographs of your salon

Independent Salon – Business Newcomer

If you’ve launched an exciting new salon, it’s time to celebrate your achievements.

This category is open to owners of new independent salons, which are less than two years old by the end of June 2021.

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1. Why should you win this award? Tell us about your new salon and why you deserve to win in a 90-second video (can be filmed on your phone) or in 250 written words.

2. Why did you open your salon? Tell us why you decided to launch your business, including an overview of your goals and business aspirations. (Maximum 350 words)

3. How have you achieved your goals? Tell us how you successfully launched your business, including the methods and services you have used to achieve growth. Provide an overview of how you monitor, measure and evaluate success, as well as any changes you have made to your initial business plan, and why. (Maximum 350 words)

4. How did you recruit your team? Tell us how you have recruited and maintained a successful team, including how you continue to inspire and motivate them. Provide a brief overview of training, team-building and opportunities for growth. (Maximum 350 words)

5. What are your future goals for the business? Tell us about your plans for the future. Provide an overview of your goals, and how you plan to continue to grow and evolve your business. (Maximum 350 words) 6. Show us your business in numbers. Please provide: ● Turnover of the business for the last year (in graph form) ● Gross profit for the same period (in graph form) ● Retail figures for the same period (in graph form) ● Average number of clients per week ● Number of team members

6. Please provide photographs of your salon

Innovation of The Year

If you’re an entrepreneur who has made their vision a reality, it’s time to tell us how your innovation has changed the game.

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. Why should you win this award? Tell us about the concept or product you are entering, and why it is innovative. Submit a 90-second video (can be filmed on your phone) or 250 written words.

2. Why did you launch your innovation? Tell us why you launched your concept. Provide an overview of the aim of your innovation, the desired end users and the problem or gap in the market your innovation has solved or filled. (Maximum 350 words)

3. How did you bring your innovation to market? Tell us how your innovation went from concept to a reality. Provide an overview of the journey, from start to finish. (Maximum 350 words)

4. How did you promote your innovation? Tell us how you promoted and publicised your innovation, both within the hairdressing industry and elsewhere. (Maximum 350 words)

5. How have you evaluated the success of your innovation? Tell us how you have monitored, measured and evaluated the success of your innovation, as well as any changes or updates you made to your original concept after launching, and why. (Maximum 350 words)

6. What are your plans for the future of your innovation? Tell us what’s next for your innovation. What are you planning to do next, and how do you plan to evolve it to maintain momentum and stay relevant?

7. Please provide photographs of your salon

Barbershop/Grooming Salon of the Year

If you’re the owner of a booming barbershop business or grooming space, it’s time to tell the world.

You’ll have a strong brand identity, close-knit team and a thriving, loyal clientele – all adding up to a business that stands out on the high street.

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1. Why should you win this award? Tell us why you deserve to win in a 90-second video (can be filmed on your phone) or in 250 written words.

2. How is your barbershop or salon different? Tell us what makes your business stand out, including a brief overview of the services you offer, your clientele, and any unique selling points. (Maximum 350 words)

3. How do you develop your team? Tell us how you have recruited and maintained a successful team, including how you continue to inspire and motivate them. Provide a brief overview of training, team building and opportunities for growth. (Maximum 350 words)

4. How do you maintain consistency in standards? Tell us how you monitor, measure and evaluate customer service to maintain high standards. What methods and which platforms do you use to gather feedback, and how do you respond to negative reviews? (Maximum 350 words)

5. How have you built and promoted your brand? Tell us about the ways you have promoted your brand. Provide an overview of your branding, aesthetic and values, and how you bring them to life through your salon, social media and marketing. (Maximum 350 words)

6. Show us your business in numbers. Please provide: ● Turnover of the business for the last two financial years (in graph form) ● Gross profit for the same period (in graph form) ● Retail figures for the same period (in graph form) ● Average number of clients per week ● Number of team members

7. Please provide photographs of your salon

Manager of The Year

If you inspire, empower and motivate a team as a successful salon manager, this is the category for you.

This entry is for an individual managing a single salon, and finalists in this category will be required to attend an interview (virtual or in person) in the week commencing  9 May 2022.

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1. Why should you win this award? Tell us why you deserve to win in a 90-second video (can be filmed on your phone).

2. What makes you a great manager? Tell us about your strengths and skills as a manager. Provide an overview of your management style, and how you do things differently. (Maximum 350 words)

3. How has your management style had an impact? Tell us how you have had an impact on the success of the business with a brief case study. Provide an example of how you fixed a problem, created a solution, or changed something for the better. (Maximum 350 words)

4. How have you evolved your career to stay relevant? Tell us about the ways you have adapted and developed your career to stay up to date and inspired. Share any feedback methods you use, as well as insight into how you get inspired as a manager. (Maximum 350 words)

5. How do you engage with the hairdressing industry? Tell us about the ways you stay involved in the industry. Include information about shows, seminars and competitions you and the team have participated in, industry bodies you are a member of, and any other activities that show your ongoing commitment to professional and creative growth. (Maximum 350 words)

6. Show us your business in numbers. Please provide: ● Turnover of the business for the last two financial years (in graph form) ● Gross profit for the same period (in graph form) ● Retail figures for the same period (in graph form) ● Average number of clients per week ● Number of team members

7. Please provide photographs of your salon

Salon Design Award

If your salon design is show-stopping, it’s time to show if off to the world.

This category is open to new salons that have been trading for a minimum of six months by the end of March 2022, or redesigned salons that have been renovated within the last 6 months.

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1. Why should you win this award? Tell us why you deserve to win in a 90-second video (can be filmed on your phone) or in 250 written words.

2. What was your design brief? Tell us about your salon’s aesthetic. Detail your design brief, what inspired you, and any challenges you faced making it a reality. Explain how the finished salon met your original brief, aims and objectives. (Maximum 350 words)

3. How does your salon reflect your salon’s brand identity? Tell us how your salon’s design complements your brand identity and values. How does your design enhance your business and reflect what you do? (Maximum 350 words)

4. How did you promote your new-look, or refurbished, salon? Tell us how you promoted and publicised your innovation, both within the hairdressing industry and elsewhere. (Maximum 350 words)

5. What was your budget? Talk us through your budget. Please provide: - Initial design budget - Costs, in detail (furniture, fixtures, works) - Additional or unforeseen costs - Final expenditure

6. Show us your business in numbers. Please provide: ● Turnover of the business, month by month, since opening or redesign (in graph form) ● If submitting a redesign, please show comparisons in turnover before and after the redesign ● Gross profit, since opening or redesign (in graph form) ● Retail figures for the same period (in graph form) ● Average number of clients per week ● Number of team members

7. Please provide photographs of your salon

Salon Stylist of The Year

If you’ve got a full column of loyal clients, a five-star reputation and the skills to match, it’s time to make your mark.

This category is open to fully-qualified hairdressers who work full time in a UK salon, and finalists will be required to attend an interview (virtual or in person) in the week commencing 9th May 2022.


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1. Why should you win this award? Tell us why you deserve to win in a 90-second video (can be filmed on your phone).

2. How do you make clients feel special? Tell us about your client’s journey, from consultation through to aftercare and rebooking. How do you stay connected with your clients, and make them feel excited with every appointment? (Maximum 350 words)

3. How are you developing your career? Tell us about the ongoing training you participate in to stay inspired and up-to-date with new techniques and trends. Share courses and qualifications, where relevant. What have you gained from this education, and how is it helping your career progress? (Maximum 350 words)

4. What are your aspirations? Tell us about where you would like to take your career next. What are your plans for growth in the next 12 months, and what are your goals and hopes for the future? Whose career inspires you? (Maximum 350 words)

5. How do you engage with the hairdressing industry? Tell us about the ways you stay inspired and motivated by the industry. Include information about shows, seminars and competitions that you have participated in, industry bodies you are a member of, and any other activities that show your ongoing commitment to professional and creative growth. (Maximum 350 words)

6. Show us your business in numbers. Please provide: ● Average number of clients per week ● Average bill ● Rebooking statistics ● Monthly upsells, including treatments and technical services ● New client request figures ● Retail results, including average client spend

7. Please provide photographs of your salon

Salon Team of The Year

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

You’ll be a tight-knit team who learn and grow together, and work to provide a consistent and all-encompassing five-star experience from start to finish.

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1. Why should you win this award? Tell us why you deserve to win this category in a 90-second video (can be filmed on your phone) or in 250 written words.

2. Who makes up your team? Tell us about your team. Provide an overview of each team member, their unique strengths, and what they contribute to your salon business. (Maximum 350 words)

3. How does your team engage with the hairdressing industry? Tell us about the ways you stay inspired and motivated by the industry. Include information about shows, seminars and competitions the team have participated in, industry bodies you are a member of, and any other activities that show your team’s ongoing commitment to professional and creative growth. (Maximum 350 words)

4. How do you develop your team? Tell us how you have recruited and maintained a successful team, including how you continue to inspire and motivate them. Provide a brief overview of training, team-building and opportunities for growth. (Maximum 350 words)

5. How has your team worked together to face a challenge? Tell us how your team pulled together to tackle a challenge. Provide a short case detailing how you had had to work together to get through a difficult time or find a solution to a problem. (Maximum 350 words)

6. Show us your business in numbers. Please provide: ● Turnover of the business for the last two financial years (in graph form) ● Gross profit for the same period (in graph form) ● Retail figures for the same period (in graph form) ● Average number of clients per week ● Number of team members

7. Please provide photographs of your salon

Social Stylist of The Year

Having thousands of followers on social media is one thing, but if you’ve turned your online presence into a thriving salon business, this is the category for you.

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1. Why should you win this award? Tell us why you deserve to win in a 90-second video (can be filmed on your phone).

2. What is your social media strategy? Tell us about your approach to social media. Outline the type of content you create, who your audience is and how you plan and promote your posts to bring the two together. (Maximum 350 words)

3. How does your social media reflect your brand? Tell us how your social media represents your brand (salon or personal). Outline how the content you create for online enhances what you’re doing in person, and how the two work together harmoniously. (Maximum 350 words)

4. How do you keep your social media fresh? Tell us about how you stay inspired and motivated to create relevant, dynamic content that attracts and grows an engaged audience. Where do you get inspired, what education have you undertaken and what tools or platforms do you use to make your content stand out and work hard for you? (Maximum 350 words)

5. What are your most popular posts from the last 12 months? Share your three most popular posts from the last 12 months, on the platform of your choice. Please include: - Number of likes and comments for each - Number of views for each, if video - Reach for each, to date - Impressions for each, to date - A brief explanation of why you think each post was successful - A brief explanation of how each post converted to business (new clients, bookings, followers, product purchases etc.)

6. Show us your business in numbers. Please provide: ● Follower count for each platform in January 2021 and follower count for each platform today ● Average monthly reach ● Average monthly impressions ● Average number of clients per week

7. Please provide photographs of your salon

Sustainable Salon of the Year

If sustainability is at the forefront of your business, it’s time to tell the world.

You’ll have made real, impactful changes to the way your salon does things, and seamlessly blend exceptional hair services with more sustainable choices.

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1. Why should you win this award? Tell us why you deserve to win in a 90-second video (can be filmed on your phone) or in 250 written words.

2. Why is sustainability important to your business? Tell us why you have prioritised sustainability and what prompted you to either make these changes or incorporate them in your business from day one. (Maximum 350 words)

3. How have you made your salon more sustainable? Outline some of the ways that you are committed to sustainability in the salon, giving examples across all aspects of the business (for example: suppliers, product partners, fit out, recycling and waste) (Maximum 350 words)

4. How do you promote your sustainability to clients and potential clients? Tell us about how you market your green credentials and shout about your sustainability message through marketing, in-salon activities and social media. (Maximum 350 words)

5. How have your sustainable changes impacted business? Outline how becoming a more sustainable business has positively impacted your business. This might include business growth and new clients or team members, local partnerships, or publicity and awards. (Maximum 350 words)

6. Show us your business in numbers. Please provide: ● Estimated costs of any sustainability measures implemented ● Estimated savings through sustainability measures for the last two years ● Turnover of the business for the last two financial years (in graph form) ● Gross profit for the same period (in graph form) ● Retail figures for the same period (in graph form)

7. Please provide photographs of your salon