The world over the salon industry is a collection of small businesses, and in many cases, the owners of those businesses are often overwhelmed with issues around employment law, tax, health and safety updates, changing legislation, and a raft of other challenges as well as all the other fun stuff that comes with being a small business owner. Luckily, in many countries, we are supported by industry associations that are there to offer information, support and guidance to help salon owners navigate their way through the maze as well offering solutions and a sense of community. Today's podcast is the third in a series of ‘three’ episodes where we talk to the key representatives of associations in the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia to get an overview of the hairdressing industry in each of their respective countries, the challenges they face and the solutions they have. My guest on Todays Podcast is Richard Lambert who is the Chief Executive of the National Hairdressing and Beauty Federation otherwise known as the N.H.B.F… and in today’s podcast, we will discuss the hairdressing industry in the United Kingdom. In This Episode: [0:02:06] An introduction to today’s guest, Richard Lambert, and why Anthony is excited to have him on the show. [0:04:09] Richard’s role in the National Hair and Beauty Federation (NHBF), and a brief overview of his career path up to this point. [0:06:54] Impacts that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on the hairdressing industry. [0:09:21] Recommendations that the NHBF has recently made to the government with respect to the hairdressing industry. [0:10:28] Support that is provided to salons by the NHBF and other organizations like it. [0:12:03] How the NHBF is funded. [0:13:08] Growth that the NHBF has seen over the past year, and the challenge of retaining those members. [0:15:20] The number of salons who are currently signed up with the NHBF. [0:17:15] Average sizes of salons in the UK, pre-pandemic. [0:20:00] Richard explains the factors which he thinks have driven the change in the dominant salon model over the years. [0:22:09] What Richard expects to see happen in the commercial property space in the future. [0:24:36] Home hairdressing; the rise in popularity that this industry has experienced since the COVID-19 pandemic began. [0:26:29] Concerns that exist around certain elements of home hairdressing. [0:29:11] The single biggest worry about the rise in self-employment in the hairdressing industry. [0:30:30] Richard explains what college means in the UK context, and why this type of education in the hairdressing field is not the most ideal. [0:31:50] Benefits which hairdressers working in the UK are entitled to. [0:34:55] The methods by which the majority of hairdressers in the UK are usually paid. [0:36:00] A recap of the biggest challenges being experienced by the hairdressing sector currently (and some new ones). [0:37:11] The importance of improving business education within the hairdressing sector. [0:38:41] How the NHBF is addressing the hairdressing skills gap, and the perception of hairdressing as a career path. [0:40:20] Various positive elements of the hairdressing industry that Richard has noticed. [0:41:15] Hairdressing is considered one of the happiest professions in the world! [0:42:48] Where you can find NHBF online, and how to get in touch with Richard. Links and Resources: Grow My Salon Business Club House @antonywhitaker Richard Lambert LinkedIn National Hair and Beauty Federation Website | YouTube | LinkedIn | Facebook
What happens when Covid-19 cancels your book launch? - Richard Lambert returns!
The Writing Life
We spoke to Richard Lambert on the podcast in October 2019 about his debut novel The Wolf Road, which was to be published in early 2020. It never came out: instead, Covid-19 triggered global lockdowns, which forced bookshops and libraries to close, distributors shut down and Richard's dream of publication became another casualty of 2020. Fast forward to October 2020 and not only is Richard back on the pod to talk about the challenges and difficulties of the year, but The Wolf Road has, at last, been released into the wild. We talk about why the book had to be delayed, what Richard's publisher did about it and how he coped with the turbulent year. You can listen to the 2019 podcast with Richard here: https://nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk/article/preparing-for-publication/ Hosted by Steph McKenna and Simon Jones. Find out more about what we do: https://nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk/ Information on the Escalator Talent Development programme: https://nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk/escalator/ Music by Bennet Maples.
Writing from an animal's perspective; navigating publishing and why wolves are great - this is Michelle Paver and Richard Lambert in conversation with author and BookBound 2020 Founder Georgie Codd on the theme of ‘Dark Beasts’. This discussion was part of BookBound, a from-home literary festival that was held during the 2020 Covid-19 lockdown. BookBound partnered with Wasafiri Magazine to champion diverse authors, and raised money for the UK mental health charity Mind. Books: Michelle Paver, ‘Viper’s Daughter’ Richard Lambert, ‘The Wolf Road’ Georgie Codd, ‘We Swim to the Shark’ Find #BookBound2020: Our website: https://www.bookbound2020.co.uk/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BookBound2020 Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bookboundfest/ For subtitles, please visit the YouTube video of this discussion: https://youtu.be/YwbmK_c7kvg Festival Partners: Wasafiri Magazine: https://www.wasafiri.org/ Mind UK: www.mind.org.uk Music: Wonder Under by Glad Rags at https://freemusicarchive.org/
Richard Lambert's debut novel The Wolf Road is set for release in February 2020. The book is finished, edited, proofed. What's it like to be in the in-between stage between completion and publication? We talk to Richard about how he got to this stage in his writing, and where he's going next.Also on the pod today: we're very excited about the third and final International Literature Showcase of 2019, with Jackie Kay curating a list of 10 amazing BAME writers working in the UK today. Join us on Saturday 5th October at 12.45 for the live stream reveal.Hosted by Simon Jones and Steph McKenna.All about us: https://nationalcentreforwriting.org.ukILS live stream: http://nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk/ils/showcase-3-live/Early Career Awards: http://nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk/early-career-awards/Richard's website: https://richardlambert.org/The Escalator scheme for writers: https://nationalcentreforwriting.org.uk/escalator/Music by Bennet Maples