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Freelancers gain a new organisation to represent their interests

The old Freelance Hair and Beauty Association (FHBA) went into liquidation last year. This left freelance professionals without a voice in the wider industry.

Now the new Freelance Hairdressers’ Association (FHA) has been launched to fill the gap. The objectives of the FHA will be to maintain standards within the industry, promote training and personal development and provide help and support for members in both hairdressing and beauty.

Sheila Abrahams, who is guiding the new venture, said “It’s really important that the voice of freelancers is heard in the industry. They provide a much needed, specialist service in the community and now have the FHA to guide and support them with the many services and benefits needed when running self-employed businesses. This is a very exciting time for our sector, a time to celebrate the launch and new beginnings!”

The official launch of the FHA took place during the annual ‘Inspire!’ event. ‘Inspire!’ took place on Sunday 8th June 2014 at Hellidon Lakes Hotel in Northamptonshire with Patrick Cameron and Tim Hartley headlining the event and special guest Alan Austin-Smith. ‘Inspire!’ also played host to the UK Freelance Awards 2014 ceremony.

In partnership with Wella, the FHA offers Training Bursaries to assist members with their training. The Bursaries provide funding towards training courses at the Wella Studios in London and Manchester. Each Training Bursary is worth up to £200 towards a one day colour course.

www.thefha.org.uk