Consultation Events for Beauty and Barbering Apprenticeships

Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board have been given approval to begin development work on a Beauty Apprenticeship Programme, and a Barbering Apprenticeship Programme. Following the consortium-led apprenticeship programme model, these apprenticeships will be industry-led. Programme development will be … Read More

VAT Rate Retained at 9% for Hairdressing and Barbering

HABIC welcomes today’s Government announcement confirming that the VAT rate on Hairdressing and Barbering will remain at 9% for an additional 6 months until August 31st 2023. HABIC commissioned leading Irish Economist Jim Power to author a report on “The … Read More

Consumer Protection (Gift Vouchers) Act 2019

The Consumer Protection (Gift Vouchers) Act 2019 which came into effect in December 2019 brought changes that your business needs to be aware of. Expiry Dates Your gift vouchers cannot have an expiry date less than five years from the … Read More

Payment of Wages (Amendment) (Tips and Gratuities) Act 2022

The Payment of Wages (Amendment) (Tips and Gratuities) Act 2022 came into on December 1st, 2022. The Act introduces new rules about how employers share tips, gratuities, and service charges amongst their employees. It also makes it illegal for employers to … Read More

Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme (TBESS)

Announced in the 2023 Budget, the Temporary Business Energy Support Scheme (TBESS) was introduced to support businesses with increases in their electricity or natural gas (energy) costs. Under the scheme, qualifying businesses can claim for 40% of the increases in … Read More

National Hairdressing Apprenticeship Occupational Profile Survey

The National Hairdressing Apprenticeship has been running now for three years. During this time many of you will have made use of this excellent resource. Now the NHA are undertaking a review of the programme, and are looking for your … Read More

National Hairdressing Apprenticeship currently enrolling, plus upcoming Employer Engagement Events for interested employers

Looking for a hairdressing apprentice? The National Hairdressing Apprenticeship is currently enrolling for the QQI Level 6 apprenticeship programme in the following centres around the country: LCETB: LCFE Mulgrave Street, Ennis Campus, Raheen Campus Cork ETB: St. Johns, Mallow WWETB: WCFE, Enniscorthy Community College … Read More

Gender-Based Bursary for Apprenticeship Employers Announced

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD launched a new gender-based bursary for apprenticeship employers yesterday, 14th April 2022, as part of the Action Plan for Apprenticeship 2021-2025 and the ongoing drive on gender … Read More

Free Diversity & Inclusion Training

HABIC, in association with Image Skillnet, is offering members the chance to sign up for FREE Diversity and Inclusion Training commencing in May. A fundamental aspect of building inclusive working environments is ensuring that everybody has the knowledge and awareness … Read More

VAT Rate Change

As part of the July Stimulus, the Government announced a temporary reduction in the Standard VAT Rate from 23% to 21%. The standard rate of Irish VAT will be temporarily reduced for a six-month period from 1 September 2020 to … Read More

5 Things You Need to Know About Afro Hair

With Curls, Coils, Kinks and Frizz the thought of working with Afro hair can sometimes seem overwhelming! So here are a few important facts that you need to know about Afro Hair. With Curls, Coils, Kinks and Frizz the thought … Read More

Are We Doing Enough to Keep Good Staff in the Spa Industry?

by Heidi Grimwood As the spa and wellness industry continues to grow Worldwide, spa professionals are shouting louder that we don’t have enough good quality spa staff to keep up with the growing demand. But as industry professionals I truly … Read More

SEO and Google Analytics

SEO is an abbreviation for Search Engine Optimisation.  When you are looking to book a holiday or to buy new furniture you google relevant words and the search engine returned you millions of website to choose from. But how did … Read More

We Buy What We Want, Not What We Need

Q. When a salon offers different treatments, doesn’t have specialization, is open since 30 years, how you can discover what they want? Could be an idea to give them a schedule to fill in, answer about specific question and discover … Read More

Things to Consider when Creating Your Business Website

Stage 1 – Preparation First of all don’t expect the web design company to do most of the work, you will need to go into your first meeting very prepared. Domain Name What will you call your website?  You will … Read More

Finding a Supplier

It’s important that when starting out that you find a reputable suppler for your salon. You may need to find several different ones depending on what products you need. Outlined below are a few tips on sourcing products and what … Read More

Ten Simple Steps to Your Accounts

It is so important as a business owner that you have an understanding of your accounts because this is your business and you need to make yourself aware of all aspects of it.  So let me offer you some simple … Read More

Business: Developing a Business Plan

by Linda Ennis, Beauty Academy Whether you’re starting a multi-national corporation or small venture from your own home, it’s always important to compose a business plan. In doing so, you can visualise and organise the direction of your salon, establishing … Read More

Understanding Milia: Causes and Treatment Options

By Mariga Sheedy Milia are very common and many clients will look to you to treat or remove them, mistakenly believing that they can be extracted like blackheads. In this article my aim is to give you wording to help … Read More

Advising Your Clients On Oncology Skincare

By Mariga Sheedy With cancer diagnoses predicted to reach one in every two people, it is becoming common in the salon to get questions from clients about any changes needed to their treatment routine. Here is Mariga’s advice on skincare … Read More