Hair & Beauty Sector Boost to Local Economy

05.12.17 mh ISA Senedd launch 8

Photo of Huw Irranca-Davies AM, WG Minister for Children and Social Care with ISA Training Chief Executive Shirley Davis-Fox MBE

Ogmore Assembly Member Huw Irranca-Davies Assembly has welcomed research which reveals that hair and beauty salons contribute up to £238 million a year to the Welsh economy.

Following an event at the Senedd Huw met with ISA Training, the largest independent hair and beauty training provider in Wales who have their head office based in Pencoed.

ISA Training’s Chief Executive Shirley Davis-Fox, MBE, called on the Welsh Government to make hair and beauty a priority sector and said: “I commissioned this research to highlight the true economic value and impact of the hair and beauty sector to Wales particularly the number of people employed, businesses within local authority areas and their contribution to the economy.

The Assembly Member heard how the sector, being a key employer in Ogmore has 2,418 businesses in Wales employing almost 11,000 people.  A guarantee that money earned in a locality is spent and retained in Wales.

Following the event Huw stated: “The hair and beauty sector provides excellent professional opportunities and are the heartbeat of Welsh high streets, boosting the local economy.   Hair, barbering and beauty salons are a growing business throughout Ogmore and provide essential services that we all need.

I was pleased to meet with Mrs Davis-Fox to hear about the success of the hair and beauty sector in Wales and her efforts to get the industry recognised as a priority sector.”