This Week's News 18.08.17

Data protection bill 2017

The Government has outlined its intention for a new Data Protection Bill, to be published in September 2017, which will bring the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) into UK law. Individuals will have among other things, a new right to be forgotten and ask for their personal data to be erased. Matt Hancock, minister for digital, said: "Our measures are designed to support businesses in their use of data, and give consumers the confidence that their data is protected and those who misuse it will be held to account.  The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said that the Bill would:

  • Make it simpler to withdraw consent for the use of personal data;
  • Allow people to ask for their personal data held by companies to be erased;
  • Enable parents and guardians to give consent for their child's data to be used;
  • Require 'explicit' consent to be necessary for processing sensitive personal data;
  • Expand the definition of 'personal data' to include IP addresses, internet cookies and DNA;
  • Strengthen the law to reflect the changing nature and scope of the digital economy;
  • Make it easier and free for individuals to require an organisation to disclose the personal data it holds on them;
  • Make it easier for customers to move data between service providers.
  • The Government added that a new criminal offence will be created to deter organisations from either intentionally or recklessly allowing someone to be identified from the use of anonymised data.

The impact of social media bullying on children and young people's mental health

Young Minds is carrying out a survey of young people aged 11-25 to find out their views and experiences of using social media and cyberbullying. Findings from the survey will feed in to an inquiry carried out by Young Minds in partnership with The Children's Society about the impact of social media on the mental health of children and young people. As well as assessing the impact of cyberbullying, the inquiry will look at what social media companies are doing to tackle such behaviour on their platforms, and whether the industry is going far enough to protect children and young people on their sites.

Further information at Cyberbullying and social media: young people

NHF welcomes new funding model for apprenticeships

The announcement by the Department for Education of a proposed new funding model for apprenticeships is potentially great news for small salons that had feared they would be forced to contribute to the cost of training, the National Hairdressers' Federation has said. The Department for Education has proposed that while, in general, employers will be required to "co-invest” 10% of the cost of training, this will be waived for small businesses, or those employing fewer than 50 people, where they are taking on apprentices aged between 16-18. NHF chief executive Hilary Hall said: There is a lot of detail in this announcement that will need to be digested but, at first sight, this looks to be very positive news for small salons. "Hairdressers, barbers and beauty salons have a long and proud tradition of investing in training young people. But there had been real concerns within the industry about the effect that being asked to contribute to training would have had on the appetite of small firms with limited budgets to take on apprentices in the future. "If, as it now appears, small salons will still be able to get 100% of their training costs paid for by the government, at least for younger apprentices, that gives much-needed clarity and peace of mind to salons. Combined with the new apprenticeship training and assessment frameworks being put in place, this could act as a real stimulus to training in our industry. This is also vindication of all the hard work the NHF has done behind the scenes to get a better deal for small businesses from government. At one point, there was talk of small salons being asked to pay as much as a third of the cost of training, so for training to remain 100% subsidised in this way is a major victory for the industry. One question mark, however, is what this will mean for older trainees, those who stay in school until 18 and only then decide an apprenticeship is for them? If the 100% subsidy is only for younger trainees, it stands to reason there will be less incentive for salons to take on older school leavers. To that end, it will be important for more work to be done with schools and parents to emphasise the value of taking up an apprenticeship at the age of 16 rather than waiting until 18, and then potentially being disadvantaged as a result.”

How many famous female hairdressers can you name?

Vidal Sassoon, Trevor Sorbie, Charles Worthington. Just a few high-profile male hairdressers whose names will, more often than not, ring a bell, if only for their range of styling products that sit on the shelves of shops up and down the country. Given that women make up 88 per cent of the industry, why is it a struggle to name any ladies in the spotlight? "We're there," Karine Jackson, chancellor of the Fellowship of British Hairdressers, told BBC Woman's Hour. "There's lots of us there. It's a million-dollar question, I get asked it all the time: where are the women? "I think we just don't brag enough. It's not in our nature to brag. We're doing a great job. We've got great businesses, we're running shoots, we're travelling the world educating, we're just doing it." "While the top 20 per cent of hairdressers may be men, they couldn't be where they are today without the women behind them. "So, while you might have a hairdresser on the television, he has somebody behind him running his salons and very often that is a woman. He's got a business partner, and very often that is a woman." Nicky Clarke has been working in the industry for more than 40 years. He became a household name in the 1990s as the stylist of choice for rock stars and royals and everyone in between. His haircare product line and electrical range followed the launch of his Mayfair salon, while his face regularly popped up on daytime TV. He is adamant that nothing needs to change at the top. "It's about people's personal ambitions," he says. "The structure is there to do what they want. It's the least elitist business - there's no glass ceiling - it's based on talent. It's special and unique in that way." Although Clarke admits that branding and babies can play its part in career progression, too. "Owning a salon, certainly if you have a brand, I think those are the two areas that are going to bring you a wider audience. "It's very similar to the way chefs work - you get your superstar chefs, some of them can be women but most are men probably. I don't think there's a deep psychological reason why. Maybe men have more energy because they're not giving birth, as awful as that sounds." Does Clarke have a point? Does having children and flexible working hold women back in terms of making it to the pinnacle of the industry? Although actual figures for part-time working in hairdressing are hard to come by, in the UK's overall workforce, far more women work part-time than men - about 42%, compared to 12% of men, according to the Office for National Statistics. Joanna Hansford is the managing director of Jo Hansford salon, the business her mother started 24 years ago. As a mum of two girls, she started working three days in the office in the salon premises in Mayfair and one day at home in Hertfordshire. She believes working flexible hours doesn't stop you from succeeding in the industry, but you need to have a solid base to begin with. "I think hairdressing is one of the best businesses if you're planning on having children in the future," she says. "But you need to be established - it helps so that your clients stay loyal to you, so it is harder at the beginning of your career."

F.A.M.E. team presentation night, Friday 8th September 2017

You are invited to join the Fellowship of Hair Artists for the Semi-Finals of the F.A.M.E Team 2018 competition. A fantastic night not to be missed! 16 applicants present their work to Fellowship members and 8 finalists will be announced to go forward to the next stage at Salon International.

SPECIAL GUEST: Jamie Stevens
VENUE: L'Oréal International Academy, 255 Hammersmith Road, London, W6 8AZ
TIME: 6.30pm Doors Open | 7pm Start | 8.30pm Finish
PRICE: Free to Members | ClubStar £10 | Guests £35
TO BOOK: Call Tracey on 01295 724579 or

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Congratulations to the following learners who completed their Apprenticeships this week

Charlie Crawford - Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship – Stone Hair Salon, Bournemouth
Jemma Seymour - Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship – Hair Lab, Basingstoke


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