Chancellor Rishi Sunak opened the British Beauty Week 2021 on Wednesday (September 8) with a speech celebrating the industry.
“If anyone ever doubted, the pandemic brought home that the services you all provide are essential,” Sunak told attendees.
“What you give people is something that is impossible to measure in all the spreadsheets that I see – confidence, self-esteem and a sense of wellbeing. Beauty parlours, hairdressers or nail salons are places where people can come together for a chat and catch up while you get your hair cut or your nails done. That is no small feat and I applaud you for it.”
He added: “Thank you for everything you have done to keep going over the last year. The beauty industry is the best of British business, you are creative, you are entrepreneurial, and you are innovative – no wonder you are worth £30 billion to the UK economy.”