Hairdressing, barbering and beauty businesses are among the most popular independent start-ups for would-be entrepreneurs. So, if you’ve decided it’s right to launch your own hair or beauty business, then take a look at how the NHF could help you.

First things first download our free start up guide to make sure this is the right decision for you.

This section covers:

Included in your membership: 

Start-up guide

Employment law support:

  • 24/7 employment law advice helpline 
  • Up to £50,000 automatic legal expenses insurance cover for employment and tax disputes*
  • Restrictive covenant enforcement advice and support


  • Guide to apprenticeship changes in England from May 2017
  • Guide to recruitment 
  • Template job description 
  • Example interview questions
  • Application form template
  • Guide to hiring a manager

Ready-to-use contracts, letters and policies:

  • Employment contracts
  • Apprenticeship agreements 
  • Chair & room renting agreements 
  • Staff handbook 
  • Data protection policy
  • Bribery and corruption policy 
  • Employee contract letter 
  • Maternity leave & adoption leave acknowledgement letter
  • Restrictive covenants template letters

Health & safety

  • Discounts on health & safety toolkits 
  • Health & safety advice line 
  • Allergy alert testing kits and guide

Managing your team:

  • 24/7 employment law advice helpline 
  • Guide to employing people 
  • Staff handbook 
  • Guide to managing performance 
  • Performance appraisal template 
  • Guide to absence management and templates
  • Employment attendance record 
  • Guide to prices, wages & profits 
  • Guide to NMW & NLW 
  • Guide to work place pensions 
  • 24/7 payroll helpline 
  • Guide to chair renting or employing staff
  • Health & safety toolkit 
  • Staff incentive discounts

Business support

  • Latest news & advice 
  • Special rates on insurance, licences, magazines, employee benefits & card payment solutions
  • Data protection (GDPR)


  • Up to £50,000 automatic legal expenses insurance for tax disputes
  • 20% discount off employers’ liability insurance 
  • Quote & buy for immediate specialist cover

Courses & coaching

  • Discounted rates for business and creative events
  • 1:1 coaching

Lobbying for you

  • Apprenticeships 
  • Self-employment and employment status
  • NMW & NLW

Become an NHF Member for less than 75p a day and get instant access to a wide range of additional benefits that offer incredible value for money. We’ll help you boost your business while keeping you safe, legal and bang up to date with all the latest business legislation that will affect you.

How we can help you

Please see below typical scenarios that we help our members with daily:

Starting point:

Q: I want to start my own business where do I start?
A: First things first – download the NHF start up guide. There’s a lot to think about including finding premises, financing your business, getting licensed, organising and insurance and ensuring health & safety. We can support you but you’ve got to be sure it’s the right decision for you.

Employing staff:

Q: I am opening my own salon and taking on staff. What do I need during the recruitment process and after I’ve recruited them.
A: The NHF can provide you with the latest tools for recruiting and managing a team. We also provide contracts and staff hand books free to NHF Members. You’ll also have 24/7 access to the employment/HR helpline.

Latest legislation:

Q: How do I keep up to date with the latest changes to legislation and ensure that my business is complying with law?
A: As an NHF Member you’ll receive communications through our Members magazine salonfocus, e-newsletters and the quarterly CEO update. These are packed with the latest news, advice and changes which could impact your business. GDPR is a great example where we provided NHF Members with a GDPR toolkit. 

What our members say

Louise Loughran Smith, Salon Owner: Loughran Hague Salon

“We became members right at the start of setting up our business, and from the beginning the NHF has been an invaluable source of information. We’ve used the NHF for everything from employment/HR support, marketing and business ideas. There’s a guide for pretty much everything!” 

Join the NHF

NHF Membership is open to all barbershops and hair & beauty salons and costs from just £149 for Solo Members. Why not join the NHF today or call us on 01234 831965 or email us? We’re here to answer your questions and chat to you about how NHF membership will benefit your hair or beauty business.

Already an NHF Member? To learn more about the support the NHF offers your business just login, call one of our Membership Team on 01234 831965 or email us with your questions. We’re here to help you run a successful business.

*Important information about your legal expenses cover: 

Worried about lawyers’ costs? As an NHF Member you are automatically registered in our Commercial Legal Expenses Scheme for employment and tax disputes.

This cover (free and part of your membership benefits) will pay your business legal costs up to £50,000*. The comprehensive cover extends to solicitors’ and barristers’ fees, court costs, expenses for Expert Witness and accountants’ fees (subject to normal policy terms, conditions and limitations being met). The policy may also pay the costs of appealing or defending an appeal.

Download a PDF of the NHF Legal Expenses Summary of Cover and the Master Policy for details of the terms, limits, conditions and exclusions of your cost protection cover.

The first £250 of costs and expenses in respect of any claim must be paid by you direct to the representative appointed to act for you as soon as a claim is accepted.