Can mobile hairdressers still work?
With the lifting of lockdown measures, all hairdressers, even mobile services, can resume business from December 2.
What happens if I had an appointment booked during lockdown?
If you had an appointment booked during lockdown, it would have been cancelled and rescheduled for after December 2. Now that we are out of lockdown, you are permitted to make hairdressing appointments and visit salons for treatments.
What financial support will hairdressers get?
For businesses that can apply for furlough, the scheme is being extended throughout November with employees receiving 80% of their current salary for hours not worked, up to a maximum of £2,500. In addition, business premises forced to close in England are to receive grants worth up to £3,000 per month under the Local Restrictions Support Grant.
Also, £1.1bn is being given to Local Authorities, distributed on the basis of £20 per head, for one-off payments to enable them to support businesses more broadly. A Hairdressing Sub Committee has been set up as a branch of the British Beauty Council to push for a cut in VAT from 20 percent to 5 percent, as it has done for pubs and restaurants.
“This is the second time round for a national lockdown, we at least have a taskforce in place, and direct connection with government as well as constant communications,” Millie Kendall MBE, Chief Executive of the British Beauty Council tells the Telegraph. She added “We didn’t have that back in March. The Prime Minister’s announcement mentions non-essential retail which personal care businesses fall under, and he mentioned an extension of furlough.
“I am not sure this is enough to sustain our businesses. The first task will be to ensure that our Personal Care businesses including salons, retail and mobiles are protected financially from further damage. This will be an ask for grants, and we will push for a longer term recovery plan and chopping the VAT is essential.”
Luke Hersheson owns five salons in London, and is urgently calling the government for support. “We seem to get lost as an industry, so we need to ensure we get the VAT reduction, and business rates relief needs to be extended for another year. We all run of very little reserved cash flow, and are due to make tax payments imminently; this all needs to be deferred if we have any hope of bouncing back as an industry.”