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A Royal Welcoming for the NHBF

December 08, 2022

Last month, several NHBF members attended the Small Business Reception held by HM King Charles III at Buckingham Palace. Earlier this year, the Palace had asked the National Hair and Beauty Federation to nominate the members who have had the greatest impact on the industry recently, the invitees were selected from this list. 

NHBF Vice President Mandy Lodge-Stewart and Board Member Fiona Johnston were joined by industry legend, Andrew Collinge. Alongside them were salon owners Mikaela Martin (Ginger Rabbit, London), Brooke Evans (BE Ironbridge, Shropshire), Debbie Digby (Passion4Hair), Julie Hensman (Hensmans), Lesley McCormack (Pamper & Polish/Michaeljohn Training), Gary Machin (The Rogers Barbers) and Erica Liburd (The Muse Salon). The reception celebrated the efforts of small businesses, particularly their contributions to local communities and the British economy after stressful and unpredictable recent years. 

Mandy Lodge-Stewart stated: “It was an honour to meet King Charles and to gather with small business owners from across the UK. Everyone here has been championing their industries and local communities, which we’ve all been striving for during and following the pandemic. It was great to meet with other likeminded individuals, discussing our plans for 2023 and how we can keep collaborating to continue to grow.”

NHBF Chief Executive Richard Lambert commented: “Despite all the challenges hair & beauty has faced over the last few years – and with what still lies ahead of us – many salons are showing incredible resilience.  We were delighted to see the sector’s contribution recognised by His Majesty.”