The Trade Body Affiliates of the British Beauty Council play a vital role in supporting and collaborating on relevant initiatives that benefit the sector and underpin the British Beauty Council’s strategic goals and objectives.

Meet our trade body affiliates


BBI is a non-political organisation, founded to provide a sophisticated solution to the complex problem of racial injustice.

The system of slavery has impacted on Black communities globally, consistently removing the building blocks of generational wealth and knowledge over five centuries, causing this demographic to underperform.

Today, the greatest challenge facing Black Communities is the lack of access to business funding, preventing the growth and development of Black owned businesses. According to a report in the Financial Time’s Sifted, access to Capital for Black Entrepreneurs between 2010 to 2020 stood at a negligible 0.24%, retarding Black enterprise.

BBI believes entrepreneurialism leads to social mobility, key for levelling society and plans to achieve this aim, by providing access for Black Entrepreneurs to quality advice, business training, funding and tangible commercial opportunities. Ultimately BBI’s mission is to fully liberate the creativity and commercialism in the UK’s Black business communities, so the nation can comprehensively benefit from this huge untapped resource.

Find out more about the Black Business Institute here



Beauty Guild are the biggest UK trade body for the professional beauty industry. Beauty Guild have been providing expert insurance cover for over 25 years and have around 15,000 members in the UK and across the world. Beauty Guild membership shows your clients and colleagues you are a true professional.

The Beauty Guild offer accredited training courses at over 500 venues in the UK plus selected venues worldwide. Find your ideal training course or apply to become one of our accredited training centres.

Find out more about Beauty Guild here



The British Association of Beauty Therapy & Cosmetology (BABTAC) is one of the UK’s leading membership organisations and insurance providers for professionals working in the beauty industry.

Originally established in 1977 as a not-for-profit company governed by a board of industry professionals, they campaign for best practice and high standards, supporting and promoting responsible therapists and businesses in our sector, while reinvesting profits for the good of the industry.

The BABTAC logo is a sign of confidence, displayed with pride by our members to reassure clients and the public that they are appropriately ‘Qualified, Verified and Insured’ and committed to excellence.

Find out more about BABTAC here



The British Barbers’ Association (BBA) is the voice of barbers, male grooming salons and men’s hairdressers, and works with government departments, sector skills councils and trailblazers to shape the future of the industry, education and training. They represent their member’s voices, bringing together like-minded professionals dedicated to continual development and high standards to ensure the barbering industry is ‘BBA – better beyond all‘.

Find out more about the British Barbers Association here.


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The British Fashion Council nurtures, supports and promotes British fashion talent to a global market. They are committed to developing excellence and growth in a sector that is a significant contributor to the British economy.

They do this through globally recognised events including London Fashion Week and the British Fashion Awards; a designer support pathway that includes NEWGEN and the BFC / Vogue Designer Fashion Fund; and an integrated global communications strategy which embraces creativity and innovation to secure London’s and the UK’s position as a global leader in fashion.

Find out more about the BFC here


The British Science Association is a royal charter charity seeking to make science part of everyday life and culture for everyone. Currently they know that three-quarters of the UK population doesn’t see science as ‘for them’. To change this, they run programmes for schools, public and professional audiences including the annual British Science Week campaign.

Find out more about the British Science Association here




City & Guilds is highly regarded across the hairdressing and beauty industries. For over 140 years we have worked with people and organisations to help them identify the skills they need to thrive. Everything we do is focused on developing and delivering high-quality training, qualifications and credentials that meet the changing needs of industry and lead to jobs.

City & Guilds works with employers and sector stakeholders to raise professional standards, skills and knowledge and together we raise the profile of the hair and beauty industry. Our sector commitment, expertise and dedication means we are unique in the market with the level of support we give to our customers providing better resources that build competency to give better prospects for people, sector organisations and wider society.

Find out more about City and Guilds here


Founded in 1981, COPRA is a non-profit membership organization set up to provide a focus for the cosmetics and perfume industry. Having fostered the Beauty Industry community during its transition from traditional bricks & mortar retail, towards a multi-channel, online and offline experience.  Copra holds a board of around 18 members who help to inform, educate and decide the award winners. Members benefit from a number of invaluable opportunities inducing meeting and learning from key beauty influencers in the industry. We hold regular meetings and training courses lead by industry experts to provide members with the knowledge and skills to develop customer-focused strategies and stay informed.

Find out more about COPRA here



The Creative Industries Federation is the membership body which represents, champions and supports the UK’s creative industries.

Through our unique network of creative organisations, our influential policy and advocacy work and our extensive, UK-wide events programme we support and celebrate the work of our members.

Our membership network comprises more than 10,000 individuals from creative organisations, businesses and educational institutions throughout the UK.

Find out more about the Creative Industries Federation here


DIT logo - small red bar pngThe Department for International Trade (DIT) has overall responsibility for promoting UK trade across the world and attracting foreign investment to our economy. It helps businesses export and grow into global markets through their network of overseas posts  and UK-based trade advisers.  To explore the potential of exporting with guidance, services and support from DIT please refer to: .


Fashion Academics Creating Equality (FACE) is co-founded by Sharon Lloyd, Course Director Southampton Solent; Pascal Matthias Senior Teaching Fellow at the Winchester School of Art and Andrew Ibi Course Leader at Liverpool John Mores University. Formed to challenge the lack of Black and Brown academics in the system, which directly impacts the experience of all young creatives but especially Black and Brown students, FACE demands acknowledgement of the contribution of Black culture and creativity, to history, society and of course to fashion.

Working within higher education, further education and the fashion industry, FACE aims, centre around four pillars for race equality: Recruitment, Progression, Curriculum and Culture. FACE asserts that student feedback and course or module evaluation should include race and culture in the metrics. FACE encourages everyone to harness Position, Power, Priviledge and Purpose to overturn current systems.

Find out more about Face here


Fashion Roundtable is the only think tank dedicated to reimagining a responsible and inclusive fashion industry.

Fashion Roundtable promotes a united, thriving and sustainable fashion industry by addressing challenges with expert insights and solutions. We work to raise the reputation of the industry, increase opportunity, embed ESG standards and amplify impact successfully. Our unique team drawn from fashion, business, economics and politics offer transformative solutions and strategies. across the industry’s complex value chain. We represent the diverse voices of the industry, creating the potential for long-term, inclusive, sector growth and investment.

Fashion Roundtable is the secretariat for the only two All-Party Parliamentary Groups which work with the sector, allowing us a pivotal and uniquely powerful role at the intersection between the industry, creativity and policy. Our research and reports are independent and evidence-based. We collaborate with experts, business leaders and creative partners, to share our data insights with business stakeholders and parliamentarians.

Fashion Roundtable are a non-partisan, independent voice. Find out more about the trade body here



Established in 1962, the Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) is the largest professional association for complementary, holistic beauty and sports therapists, as well as those starting out or teaching in this exciting and growing industry. We provide practical support to our members and protect the public’s health by ensuring high standards in both training and practice.

The association of choice that supports and educates its membership community to be professional and successful therapists in a rapidly changing world.

Find out more about the FHT here


Founded by Sheila Abrahams and Heather Hopkins, the FHA was the first trade association for freelance hairdressers and has been instrumental in raising the profile of the sector. Prior to this, those working outside of the traditional salon environment were perceived as unqualified, unregulated and unprofessional.

Sheila had a very different understanding of the realities, and a vision to form a trade association which set standards for the first time in the freelance sector, provided a voice for those within the industry and created opportunities and services that had previously been denied to this important – and growing – area.

Find out more about the FHA here


Nail industry and education advocate, Marian Newman BEM, is behind the inception of The Federation of Nail Professionals (The FNP), a not for profit organisation with the primary focus of supporting and raising the standards of practice, education, knowledge and development for nail professionals across the UK.  Marian is supported by a passionate group of industry professionals from all corners of the sector.

Born out Marian’s Facebook group, Madge’s Chat Show that provided accurate and factual information and support to the industry through Lockdown 1.0, The Federation became a project that has grown exponentially to fruition, gaining support from the likes of the Hair and Beauty Industry Authority (HABIA), the British Beauty Council and British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (BABTAC).

Find out more about the FNP here.


FF_US_branding_logoThe Fragrance Foundation UK is a non-profit educational organisation setting standards of excellence for the fragrance industry in the UK.

Their Mission: To expand the appreciation, enjoyment, use and sale of fragrances amongst all people. The Fragrance Foundation is raising the reputation of the fragrance industry having defined and valued the fragrance sector allowing us to attract new talent making this a destination industry to work in.

It brings together not only manufacturers and distributers of fragrances and fragranced products but also their suppliers, retailers, the media, public relations consultants and advertising agencies.

Find out more about The Fragrance Foundation here


The Hair and Barber Council was established in 1964 by the Hairdressers (Registration) Act to maintain, develop and protect the Register of professional hairdressers and barbers and is a Statutory Authority set up by the Act. It is also a not-for-profit organisation.

The Hair and Barber Council’s 10,500 plus members represent the largest membership organisation in the hair and barber sector, and covers the full spectrum of the industry from small business owners, salons and their employees, hair and barber professionals to training providers, FE colleges, awarding bodies, and major product manufacturers, all together campaigning to regulate the industry, whilst driving up standards, improving quality and increasing the public’s perception of the professional status of hair and barber professionals.

Find out more about the Hair and Barber Council here


Habia logoThe Hair and Beauty Industry Authority (HABIA) is recognised by government as the Standard Setting Body (SSB) for the hair, beauty, nails, spa and aesthetic sectors.

For more than thirty years Habia has been working with sector experts to develop National Occupational Standards (NOS)  for the hair and beauty sector. NOS specify UK standards of performance that people are expected to achieve in their work, and the knowledge and skills they need to perform effectively. NOS are approved by government regulators and form the basis for qualifications across the United Kingdom.

Habia is a not-for-profit organisation, working with partners across the sector to develop and promote high professional standards to ensure client safety and business success. The Habia logo is a long-established, well recognised sign of high quality standards, excellence and professionalism.

Find out more about Habia here


HABIC JPG LogoA group of like-minded hair and beauty industry professionals have joined forces to create what is now known as the “Hair and Beauty Industry Confederation” or “HABIC” for short.

This organisation is working towards supporting and enhancing the continued development of the beauty and hair sector in Ireland.

Find out more about Habic here


The Hairdressing and Beauty Suppliers Association (HBSA) was founded in 1927. Today’s members include top-level decision makers from professional hair and beauty product manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors, wig-makers, publishers and industry event managers. All member companies are required to serve the Professional Hairdressing and/or Beauty market.

The HBSA advocates and promotes responsible manufacturing, sourcing, distribution, usage and disposal of professional hairdressing and beauty products. We encourage and support the use of safe ingredients, compliant with UK regulation, and promote the provision of safe treatments and services conducted by professional and well-trained practitioners within a safe environment.

Find out more about the HBSA here


Hubbub is an award-winning charity that inspires ways of living that are good for our environment. They design creative campaigns that raise awareness, nudge behaviours and shape systems. Hubbub aim to empower the mainstream to take environmental action through playful language, good design and by tapping into things people are passionate about such as food, fashion, travel and their homes and neighbourhoods. They recently won the Charity of the Year at The Charity Time Awards’ in 2020 for their work.

Find out more about Hubbub here


Independent Beauty AssociationFormerly known as Independent Cosmetic Manufacturers and Distributors (ICMAD), the Independent Beauty Association (IBA) has been advocating for small businesses for over 45 years. ICMAD was founded in 1974 in response to a Federal proposal for unreasonable regulations. Since that time, IBA has kept small and mid-sized cosmetics and personal care companies informed of the emerging laws and regulations that could impact their growth and success. In addition, the trade body has continually advocated that proposed legislation be based on sound science and proportionality.

Today, IBA membership is comprised of more than 600 member companies representing a broad cross-section of the indie beauty industry. These include raw material and packaging suppliers, finished product manufacturers, brands, distributors, and retailers. It also has members who provide essential services such as legal, regulatory, export and business advice.

Find out more about the Independent Beauty Association here.


JCCPThe Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP), was formally launched In February 2018 as a ‘self-regulating’ body for the non-surgical aesthetics and hair restoration sector in the United Kingdom and has achieved Professional Standards Authority (PSA) recognition and charitable status. The charitable status reflects the overarching not-for-profit mission of the JCCP which is to improve patient safety and public protection.
The concept of the JCCP was envisioned by the Department of Health and was instigated by Health Education England on behalf of NHS England and the Department of Health.

Find out more about JCCP here


NHBF logoThe National Hair & Beauty Federation (NHBF) is one of the UK’s largest trade body for businesses working in the hair, beauty and barbering industries. The NHBF focuses on helping Members to run successful and profitable hair and beauty businesses by providing advice, specialist support and tailored services to meet the unique challenges of running a salon or barbershop.

Find out more about the NHBF here


Founded in 2007 by the pioneers of the sector, NATRUE AISBL (, the International Natural and Organic Cosmetics Association, is a Brussels-based international non-profit association whose mission is to protect and promote authentic natural and organic cosmetics for the benefit of consumers worldwide. NATRUE’s work is divided between advocacy, standardisation and label criteria, and research activities. NATRUE is supported by 70 members from 17 countries worldwide, and the NATRUE label can be found on nearly 7000 independently certified products from over 300 international brands

Find out more about Natrue here


The Society of Cosmetic Scientists is a not for profit organisation and currently has 1,000 individual members who are either involved with or work in the cosmetic science industry.  The SCS is affiliated to the International Federation of Societies of Cosmetic Chemists (IFSCC), which links 50 Societies in 80 countries across the world.

The main objective of the Society is to advance the science of personal care and cosmetics. It does this by attracting membership among highly qualified individuals with both academic and industrial experience in the field of cosmetics and related sciences. The Society aims to educate, inform and bring together members  through its activities, including publications, a scientific journal, educational programmes, training and qualifications, scientific meetings on current topics of interest and working to maintain and enhance the professional standing of members and the industries represented. The SCS is a member of the Science Council and the SCS Diploma is approved for training purposes by the Royal Society of Chemistry. The SCS welcomes applications from anyone with involvement in the personal care and cosmetics industry.

Find out more about the Society of Cosmetics Scientists here.


At STEM Learning, their commitment to STEM education is part of everything they do. Whether that’s delivering teacher CPD (continuing professional development) in STEM subjects, bringing STEM role models into schools as part of the STEM Ambassador Programme or providing bespoke, long-term support for groups of schools in collaboration with companies through their ENTHUSE Partnerships, their aim is always the same – to provide a world-leading STEM education for all young people across the UK.
STEM Learning work in collaboration with the UK Government, employers large and small, organisations and educational establishments to deliver positive STEM interactions for teachers, young people and beyond.
Find out more about STEM Learning here.

The UK Spa Association (UKSA) founded during 2013 is the official not-for-profit trade body for the nations 8000 spas and salons. It is comprised of members and partners from across the UK spa, salon and wellness sector. It exists to progress the positive contribution made by the spa and salon industry to UK health, social and economic wellbeing, and to drive continuous improvement in quality training, inclusiveness, high standards and professionalism at all levels within the industry. The ambitious long-term goal is to make real impact on the reputation and commercial viability of the industry, at trade, government and consumer level.

Find out more about the UK Spa Association here


VTCT (Vocational Training Charitable Trust) is a specialist awarding organisation offering vocational and technical qualifications in a range of service sectors (hairdressing and barbering, beauty therapy, complementary therapy, sport and many more). VTCT has over 1,500 approved centres globally, offering smarter support for brighter futures, ensuring the learner is at the heart of their work.

Find out more about the VTCT here

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