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British Hairdressing Business Awards 2020 Winners are Announced

by eleanor / last updated January 26, 2021

British Hairdressing Business Awards 2020

On Monday 25 January, HJ announced HJ‘s British Hairdressing Business Awards 2020 winners and brought the UK professional hairdressing industry together to celebrate the best in the hairdressing business.

The BHBA 2020 finalists and the biggest names in the hairdressing industry gathered together during an online ceremony to virtually celebrate the talented winners.

After the challenges to hairdressing businesses last year, it was even more poignant to recognise the standout successes of our finalists and reveal HJ’s British Hairdressing Business Awards 2020 winners.

“If ever there was a year to recognise and celebrate the individuals and teams that have continued to demonstrate incredible talent, creative ingenuity and great business acumen, it is this year. Giving the industry a reason to come together and celebrate is hugely important and allows us all to continue to champion the industry, and those working in it. A huge thank you to all our sponsors for their ongoing support and congratulations to all of the finalists and winners,” said Jayne Lewis-Orr, executive director, Hairdressers Journal International.

Jayne was joined in the studio by co-host and comedian Joel Dommett, who entertained us all with his quick wit on the night.

Here are HJ’s British Hairdressing Business Awards 2020 winners

Customer Service Award Sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional

G&E McIntyres, Northampton

Gavin McIntyre said: “Our team have been outstanding this year. We’ve had to adapt and adjust quickly and we’re so proud of them for taking on the challenges of the past 12 months. They’ve been a dream to work with and we’re so delighted to have won. Well done to all of the 2020 finalists as it’s been a difficult year for all of us!”

Franchisee of The Year Sponsored by Kao Salon Division

Nicola Hughes, Saks, Chester

Nicola Hughes said: “I’m absolutely thrilled. To be honest everyone has been amazing – the franchise group Saks has been fabulous throughout the pandemic and my team are incredible. I’m overwhelmed and I’ve got happy tears!”

Independent Salon – Business Newcomer Sponsored by Revlon Professional

HARE & BONE, Esher

Sam Burnett said: “Thank you so much – I’m over the moon. I’d like to say a massive thank you to the team in Esher – they’ve worked really hard and this is all for them. This accolade is really going to cheer everyone up so thank you!”

Assistant/Junior of The Year Sponsored by L’Oréal Professionnel Paris

John Alfred, Paul Edmonds, London

John Alfred said: “My heart is beating so fast. Thank you so much. I wasn’t expecting this and I’m over the moon. Thank you HJ for giving us something to look forward to during lockdown. Thank you to the whole team at Paul Edmonds London and Jack Howard for their ongoing support – I couldn’t do it without them!”

Salon Team of The Year Sponsored by Alan Howard

fowler35, London

Darren Fowler said: “We’re absolutely stoked to have won this tonight. There are great people in the room who we have come up against. Thank you so much for hosting this and to our team – past and present. I want to thank all of them from the bottom of my heart.”

Educator of The Year Sponsored by Wella Professionals

Sanrizz, London

Sharon Cox said: “SANRIZZ is 40 years old this year and it’s wonderful for us so huge thank you to our education team, Tony Rizzo and everyone who has ever visited our fabulous education academy.”

Salon Stylist of The Year Sponsored by JOICO

Joshua Goldsworthy, Goldsworthys, Swindon 

Joshua Goldsworthy said: “The industry means so much to all of us and we’ve been hit really hard this year so to bring this award back to the salon means so much to us. I’d like to take the opportunity to thank HJ, JOICO and all of the sponsors. It’s given us something to look forward to at the moment. Congratulations to all of the finalists as well – as I know what it’s like to be a finalist and not a winner so huge congratulations to all of you too.”

Social Stylist of the Year Sponsored by Schwarzkopf Professional

Jack Howard, Jack Howard, London

Jack Howard said: “This is the second time I’ve won this award and I can’t believe it. Thank you to HJ for putting on such a great event. I’d like to thank John Alfred who does some filming for me, I want to thank Carrie for looking after me and helping me with my social, Schwarzkopf Professional and Paul Edmonds London. It’s been so difficult for us all this year, but we’ve managed to pivot and offer training and education online. Thank you to every single person who has followed and tuned into a live – it really means the world to me.”

Marketing Campaign of the Year Sponsored by Phorest Salon Software

Adam Reed London, London

Adam Reed said: “Thank you so much – it’s honestly amazing as last year we weren’t even open yet and right now we’re not open again. I’d like to thank the brands I work with who allow me to make the crazy things that go on in my head marketable, Jonathan and Caroline and the rest of my team who allow our ideas to become a reality for our clients. Thank you for bringing our community together and to all of the hairdressers in the UK who have supported one another! I’m over the moon – thank you so much!”

Salon Design Award Sponsored by Takara Belmont

Linnaean, London

Elena Tayleur said: Thank you so much. I’m inviting you all back once the salon reopens. It was our first year and what a year to be launching our new salon concept. Thank you so much to everyone as for us it’s been so important to translate our brand ethos into the design and it’s been amazing to work with an incredible team of designers to create Linnean. This is the highlight of the year for all of our team – it will bring light and joy to all of us.”

Manager of The Year Sponsored by Kao Salon Division

Sean Butt, Alchemy & I, Berkhamsted

Sean Butt said: “I don’t want to scream really loud but it’s such an amazing thing to happen. Thank you so much. I think we’ll be having a party at my house tonight. I’d love to thank Hayley who was screaming earlier on. Thank you to my team because I couldn’t do what I do without them. Thank you to my other half and thank you to all of you!”

Salon of The Year 2 Sponsored by L’Oréal Professionnel Paris

Bloggs, Bristol

Joe Bloggs said: “Thank you very much. This has been a fantastic evening. I’m speechless as I didn’t expect to win this. It’s been a tough year so this really means a lot – this is brilliant!”

Innovation of the Year Sponsored by VTCT

Jessica Crane Ltd

Jessica Crane said: “I’m quite shocked but I want to say thank you to all of our clients and to everyone who’s joined us this year. Without them I couldn’t do what I do, especially this past year, so thank you so much!”

Salon of The Year 1 Sponsored by Wella Professionals

Ego Hair Design, Inverness

Caroline Sanderson said: “Thank you so much – I’d love to thank my amazing team who are absolutely phenomenal – I love them to death! I have to thank HJ, all the sponsors, the finalists and everyone within the industry.”

Male Grooming Salon/Barbershop of The Year Sponsored by Modern Barber

Gatsby & Miller, Amersham 

Dawn Montgomery said: “I want to thank John and all of the team who have been incredible during this situation we’ve found ourselves in! It’s an incredible end to not such a great year so thank you so much!”

Business Director of The Year Sponsored by Hairdressers Journal International

Colin McAndrew, Medusa, Edinburgh

Colin McAndrew said: “To be in this category with absolute superstars is incredible and Collette has been absolutely amazing during this lockdown, I take my hat off to you. Thank you so much. My skin is tingling as I’m so blown away to have won as we’re always a bridesmaid and never the bride. It’s even more special as it’s Burns Night here in Scotland tonight. Thank you to my team – brilliant efforts from everyone. I’ve won because of what our team has achieved. Thank you to my wife Kate and all of the finalists tonight – it’s a real honour to be up against all of you. I think we’re all winners tonight, especially after the last 12 months we’ve all experienced. My message to everyone is that things can only get better. We will get through this and I want to say – if anyone wants to chat I’m here to help! And God bless to our accountant Gary, who was with us for 13 years and passed away before Christmas.”

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