Since its launch in 2018, the British Beauty Council has been instrumental in championing and pushing for change in the beauty industry. In 2022, the Council’s efforts and forward thinking initiatives have been recognised as both CEO Millie Kendall and Chief Operating Officer Helena Grzesk have been nominated for the 2022 New Year Honours List, the culmination of their indisputable contributions to the cosmetics industry and aiding the “bounce back” of beauty from COVID-19.
On 1st January 2022, Kendall will be acknowledged with an OBE and Grzesk will be awarded an MBE in recognition of the huge impact of their collective effort and endeavours.
“It’s an honour to be recognised in this way. My passion for the beauty industry has never faltered, it makes such an impact on our everyday lives. This award signifies a change in how our sector is viewed, and an appreciation of not just my work but the monumental efforts of The British Beauty Council and its partners in affecting that change.”
– Millie Kendall, OBE
The British Beauty Council has proven itself to be the champion of the beauty industry, launching prolific campaigns, initiatives and activities to engage the highest levels of Government, politicians and business leaders in discussions around the value of British beauty to the national economy and its social and cultural impact on the nation’s population.
“This award is a demonstration of the positive steps forward we have taken in being recognised as a global leader in innovation and education. We are so truly proud of the work we have achieved to date – this is the culmination of that work.”
– Helena Grzesk, MBE
In the last three years, the British Beauty Council’s relationship with the Government has gone from strength to strength, culminating in the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rt.Hon Rishi Sunak MP, opening British Beauty Week in September 2021.
From supporting women in beauty business during COVID-19 and promoting greater socio-economic inclusion in the creative industries to encouraging businesses to become #onestepgreener, the British Beauty Council has created many long-lasting positive impacts in the beauty industry.
Key achievements for The British Beauty Council in 2021 include:
- Winning an extra £500m of Government-backed support during the pandemic.
- Securing an earlier reopening of the industry post-lockdown and an £18,000 ‘restart grant’ – a £12,000 increase on the previously proposed grant, which amounted to an additional £350 million in total.
- Pushing for greater Inclusivity and Diversity within the industry, including being instrumental in changing the hairdressing curriculum to make afro and textured hair cutting and styling standard in the National Occupational Standards (NOS).
- Launching the Sustainable Beauty Coalition to accelerate the sustainability efforts in the beauty industry and work with government representative to support the race to net zero campaign. Members of the Sustainable Beauty Coalition was also present at COP26 in Glasgow – the British Beauty Council was the only industry body within the beauty sector to attend the summit.
- Enhancing education with the launch of the ‘Career Insights’ podcast series featuring well-known and inspirational individuals from the beauty industry to inspire students and aspiring beauty professionals on career opportunities in the sector.
- In March 2021, Kendall was part of a roundtable discussion with the Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, on behalf of the British beauty industry, that supported and championed women within the sector.
- Helena Grzesk co-authored a report that explored the effects of personal care services on mental health and wellbeing, which was used to further the case for the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) to support touch and massage as therapies for mental health. Her MBE nomination also recognises the huge contribution she has made to the UK spa sector as a champion throughout the pandemic.
Further information on the achievements of The British Beauty Council can be found in its 2021 Annual Report. The full report is available to download here.