Salon Smart 2022
Monday 21 March
The Chain and Buoy Stores, London
Salon Smart 2022 tickets cost £90, or £75 if you’re a HUB subscriber (if you are, check your inbox for details!)
Prices are inclusive of VAT and include:
- Access to the full business agenda
- Light breakfast on arrival
- All-day refreshments
- Gifts from our event partners
- Access to the closing drinks and networking session
ON THE AGENDA
Salon Smart is back IRL in a new home, with a new format, a packed agenda and a fresh perspective – providing a unique chance to re-energise body and mind.
Get stuck into subjects like client engagement, pricing, employer-employee dynamics, switching screen time for face time – and so much more! Engage in live Q&A and panel sessions covering BIG industry topics like recruitment, gender inclusivity, texture education and sustainability.
There will be plenty of opportunities to network with your peers, too, as well as our product partners, and gain invaluable and lasting connections.
MEET THE SPEAKERS
Dozens of names and faces – set to deliver bucket loads of advice, insight, inspiration, and fresh thinking, at Salon Smart 2022
Over 25 years’ experience as a hairdresser, salon manager and salon owner, plus eight years working in social care, Kerry Anderson is now the proud founder of Brave Strong Beautiful, a hair salon with a social mission – to provide young people from disadvantaged backgrounds with employment and training opportunities.
Ebony Atakorah, co-founder and managing director of brand storytelling agency, Sync Studios has over 15 years experiences working in events, brand communications and Project management for luxury brands and world-renowned fashion and media publications. Plus, with newly launched beauty business, Palais, Ebony is now preparing to take the beauty world by storm too.
Founder of Hair Has No Gender, Keri Blue is a queer non-binary barber who believes the industry is outdated and that the time for change and diversity is now. They’re dedicated to educating hair professionals to give clients the haircuts that make them look the way they feel, regardless of gender identity.
Errol Douglas MBE
Errol Douglas MBE has championed a three-decade career in hairdressing and has run a successful salon in London’s Belgravia since 1998. He’s an icon among clients and industry peers, and a trusted ‘go-to’ expert – respected most notably for his expertise with textured hair.
Winner of The It List Entrepreneur Award 2021, Brooke Evans is a name to remember. Owner of sustainable salon, BE Ironbridge in Shropshire, Brooke set up the business in 2019 and it’s been a roaring success ever since. However, overcoming flooding and a global pandemic pre-opening, Brooke knows just how important a positive mindset can be in times of hardship.
Co-founder of The Chapel, Amanda Faith is a visionary who is devoted to evolving the hairdressing industry for the better. By listening to what women universally disliked about visiting salons, she set out to create a different type of experience where everyone receives the care and attention they deserve.
Award-winning session stylist, texture expert and educator, Lisa Farrall has been making moves in the industry for over 20 years. Claiming Most Wanted Texture Expert in 2021, Lisa is passionate about teaching the art of texture neutral hairdressing, which saw her found brand WIG London, an academy, agency, and salon focused on education and hair equality in hairdressing.
Nicole Hewitt is the founder and manager of award-winning ethical salon, The Salon of Chi. Since opening in 2006, The Salon of Chi has championed sustainability as the core of their brand ethos – from upcycled salon furniture to energy efficient practices, Nicole is passionate about encouraging others to make a difference in the hairdressing industry, leading by example.
Sophia Hilton is the social savvy salon owner of Not Another, and she’s not afraid to speak up and get heard – with more than 120k followers on Instagram, it’s clear people are listening! She's a two-time Most Wanted Legend (Colour Expert and Business Thinker Awards), a passionate educator and an industry force to be reckoned with.
Most Wanted 2021 Colour Expert, Chancellor of the Fellowship for British Hairdressing and global director of the Hairdotcom art team, Ashleigh Hodges is making waves throughout the industry – bringing expert knowledge, creativity and inspiration to everything she does.
Master stylist at Gro London and an expert in both Afro and European hair, Claire Martin-Kennedy can be found styling up a storm in the salon or travelling the globe as a hair educator. She’s also responsible for online brand, cLHAIR – an exclusive members club, where she provides a variety of valuable advice and practical tips for fellow hair passionistas.
Murray McRae & Bridget Honan
Murray McRae and Bridget Honan are the proud co-owners of double Most Wanted award-winning salon, Stag in Edinburgh. With an ethos based on inclusivity and community-support, they are salon owners wanting to make a difference in the industry – starting right at the core, with their salon team.
Award-winning hairstylist and owner of the Hairlounge salon in London’s famous Portobello Road, Charlotte Mensah is an industry legend. Her phenomenal talent and impressive list of accolades have allowed her to become a Go To authority for natural haircare subjects for over two decades – being a regular columnist for magazines such as Elle, Vogue and Tatler. Charlotte is also the founder of acclaimed premium hair care collection, Charlotte Mensah Manketti Oil, which specialises in afro/mixed/curly hair types.
Owner of luxury hair salon, 5 On The Square in Cheltenham, Sara Rigby-Holmes has successfully run her prestigious business for over 20 years. With a background in marketing and finance, as well as exceptional customer experience and an appreciation for luxurious personal touches, Sara’s business skills are unmatched, and she's not afraid of change.
Co-founder and director of Chop Chop London, Kaye Sotomi is an established entrepreneur making a difference in the industry. Successfully setting up three inclusive salon spaces across London, Chop Chop provides a unique experience by delivering exceptional and efficient services that respects everyone’s individuality.
Successful entrepreneur and co-founder of luxury London salon, Forbici Knightsbridge, Nadia Suliaman is a confident, straight-talking industry professional with a background in business and finance. Previously working for global brands such as Coca Cola and Lego, Nadia is an expert in management, to which she credits the rare success of her pandemic-born business, Forbici.
Anne Veck & Keith Mellen
Sustainability experts and enthusiasts, Anne Veck and Keith Mellen are the recent winners of the Most Wanted Sustainability Hero Award and innovative creators of Salon Re:Source, a user-friendly sustainable salon toolkit. Trailblazers in their field, Anne Veck Limited in Oxford continues to work on the mission to make hairdressing more professional, ethical, and sustainable.
Hellen Ward knows everything about salon management. She runs a salon, she’s developed a salon management system, she’s written books about salon management for City & Guilds, and she educates in the art of it. Most recently, she co-founded the newly formed SEA (Salon Employers Association), a group of directors and educators campaigning on behalf of salon employers in the industry to ensure parity across the sector's business models and fairer taxation.
ABOUT THE VENUE
Situated on the banks of the River Thames in East London and connected to London’s only Lighthouse, The Chain and Buoy Stores are Grade II listed Victorian buildings featuring high ceilings, basking in natural light and connecting to a private adjoining riverside terrace, providing fresh air on tap and affording stunning views of The O2 and Canary Wharf.
A big change of scenery for Salon Smart, and far from the traditional conference-style setting, we’re excited to welcome you into a refreshing new space and hope you’ll feel both relaxed and re-energised as you soak up a whole day of business insight and inspiration.
And don’t let the postcode fool you – our Salon Smart home for 2022 is well connected to public transport links!
GETTING TO THE VENUE
Jubilee Line: Canning Town Station – 10 minute walk (5 stops from London Bridge; 7 stops from Waterloo)
DLR: East India Station – 10 minute walk (4 stops from London City Airport; 6 stops from Bank)
Please note: there is no public parking on-site
For directions click here
Trinity Buoy Wharf, 64 Orchard Place, London, E14