Hair salons welcome £19m cash support as covid has severe impact on business

A Paisley hairdresser has welcomed the cash boost announcement for salons after covid decimated its bookings during the festive period.

Kaoss Hair and Beauty Salon said the £19million allocated for salons and beauticians would be vital in supporting those impacted by the rapid rise in covid cases in recent weeks.

The Gauze Street salon suffered financial losses throughout the month of December following the Scottish Government advice to limit socialising.

Christmas nights out were cancelled, leaving restaurants and venues fearing the devastating impact it would have on their business.

But another industry which was rocked by the covid restrictions was the hair and beauty industry, with KAOSS salon manager Stephanie Thomson telling the Express how her staff lost a number of clients during what is usually their busiest time of the year.

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She said: “I think some people forgot the knock on affect it was having on the beauty industry.

“The amount of cancellations we had was horrendous with people testing positive, people isolating and people who just didn’t need their hair done anymore as their night out had been cancelled.

“People come to us before their nights out and because of the advice issued by the government, it was the quietest December we have ever had.

“Every day our phone was ringing non-stop. The worst day was December 22, almost the whole day was wiped out.”

During her briefing to Scottish Parliament, Nicola Sturgeon announced that £19million would be allocated to close contact industries such as beauticians and hair salons to provide support to those who had been impacted by the rise in covid cases.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon
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The cash is part of £55 million of Scottish Government support which will also see £28million for the taxi industry, £5 million for sport and £3 million for tourism.

It will be available for businesses to access through Renfrewshire Council.

Stephanie added: “It’s good to know that there will be some more support as I feel we have been a bit forgotten about.

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“We were one of the first to close during the first wave of the pandemic and there was help then but after that there has barely been nothing.

“If the government are going to restrict businesses then they need to help them financially, otherwise there will be none left.

“So I hope this money can help make a difference as people still need to pay their staff and keep their businesses running even with all the cancellations.”

The news was also welcomed by Kelly McInally, who owns Slate Hair Styling in Barrhead.

She said: “The health and safety of our clients and my staff has been the priority since day one but there’s no escaping the fact the several lockdowns, appointment cancellations and social distancing requirements in salons over the past two years has had a huge financial impact on the industry.

“Even now, when we’re allowed to keep the salon doors open, every day there’s new cancellations by clients who have either caught covid or have been advised to self isolate.

“So any extra support from the Scottish Government should be welcomed to help hairdressers make it through this and still have a jobs at the other side.”

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