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Barclays-Boom time for UK beauty businesses

August 8, 2014



ENP Newswire - 08 August 2014

Release date- 07082014 - The UK has seen a 21% increase in number of beauty-related businesses in last four years says Barclays.

The number of beauty businesses in the UK has risen by over a fifth in the last four years, according to new data1 from Barclays Business. Barclays has seen a significant increase in the number of small beauty businesses since 2010, in addition to a 24% rise in the combined turnover of these businesses over the same time period.

The proliferation of businesses in the beauty industry, which include beauty salons, hairdressers and tanning parlours, contributes GBP4bn to the UK economy2. The majority of beauty business SMEs are sole traders (62%), with 6% of owners under the age of 25, twice the rate of under-25s owning SMEs more generally (2.3%). In addition, a quarter of beauty businesses are owned by men.

London is the region with the biggest percentage of beauty businesses, for a fifth (19%) of Barclays SME customers, and also saw the most dramatic rise over the past four years (33%). The East of England follows with 13.8% while the South East is close behind with 13.7%.

Sue Hayes, Head of SME banking at Barclays, commented: 'We've seen a significant rise in the number of beauty business owners coming to us for support, particularly over the last four years. It's an industry where small and medium businesses are increasingly finding opportunities from market demand, and we've also seen a jump in the number of younger entrepreneurs in this sector. The growth of the UK's ageing population and a boom in online consumer behaviour has also fuelled expansion. The fast-growing men's market is an area predicted to rise in the next few years.

'We support businesses in all stages in growth; from offline businesses looking to obtain their first premises or seeking advice on their business plans through to digital offerings for online companies. Many UK businesses are following in the footsteps of beauty brands such as Jo Malone and Molton Brown which have huge international appeal, and we also support companies wanting to reach their full potential overseas.'

Founder of Shoreditch-based online shaving supplier Cornerstone and Barclays customer Oliver Bridge commented: 'Having watched the 'rise of the beard' with interest and also being shocked as a consumer at the cost of buying replacement razors, I knew there was a market for my business idea. Being an existing Barclays customer, it made sense to set up a Business account with them and they've been really helpful and supportive of my venture. While it's still a very new company, I've nonetheless already got my sights set on global expansion, so watch this space!'

Notes to Editors:

Case studies available upon request

Businesses can visit http://www.barclays.co.uk/Startupsupport/Writingasmallbusinessplan/P1242559649359 for help on writing a business plan

1 Based on data from Barclays Business SME customers between March 2010 - March 2014

2 IBISWorld Hairdressing & Beauty Treatment Market Research Report May 2014

About Barclays

Barclays is an international financial services provider engaged in personal banking, credit cards, corporate and investment banking and wealth management with an extensive presence in Europe, the Americas, Africa and Asia. Barclays' purpose is to help people achieve their ambitions - in the right way.

With over 300 years of history and expertise in banking, Barclays operates in over 50 countries and employs approximately 135,000 people. Barclays moves, lends, invests and protects money for customers and clients worldwide.

For further information about Barclays, please visit our website www.barclays.com.


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Source: ENP Newswire


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