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TRADE ASSOCIATIONS THE UNITED KINGDOM


British Association of Beauty & Cosmetology (BABTAC) Ambrose House, Meteor Court, Barnett Way, Barnwood, Gloucester, Gloucestershire GL4 3GG, UK T: +44 845 250 7277 E: enquiries@babtac.com www.babtac.com Country represented: The UK Description: Created in 1977, BABTAC represents around 10,000 beauty professionals in the UK and is one of its longest established membership organisations. Member benefits include the association’s core insurance, training portfolio and Vitality magazine, plus access to Benefits by BABTAC – a free online discount tool offering discounts on suppliers and training.


Federation of Holistic Therapists (FHT) 18 Shakespeare Business Centre, Hathaway Close, Eastleigh, SO50 4SR, UK T: +44 23 8062 4350 E: info@fht.org.uk www.fht.org.uk Regions represented: Mainly the UK, but also has Irish and overseas members Description: The Federation of Holistic Therapists is the leading professional association for complementary, holistic beauty and sports therapists in the UK and Ireland. Founded in 1962, the FHT is a not-for-profit organisation and remains a leading authority in multidisciplinary therapies in these countries. Member benefits include an annual subscription to the International Therapist magazine and discounted insurance policies designed specifically for the beauty, complementary and


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sports therapy sectors. The association will be hosting its annual Training Congress at the NEC in Birmingham, UK, in May this year.


Habia Oxford House, Sixth Avenue, Sky Business Park, Robin Hood Airport, Doncaster, South Yorkshire DN9 3GG, UK T: +44 845 2 306 080 E: hsasocial@habia.org www.habia.org Country represented: the UK Description: Habia, previously an acronym for the hairdressing and beauty industry authority in the UK, was formed in 1997. It’s recognised by, and receives funding from, the country’s government as the Sector Skills Council for the hair, beauty, nails and spa sectors. Its role is to represent the sectors on matters such as training, skills and business development and to create industry specific national occupational standards which form the basis of all qualifications and codes of practice. Significantly, in January, Habia announced that it’s to develop a professional register for spa, nail and beauty qualifications in the UK to measure the multitude of certificates and courses against national standards.


The UK Spa Association Suite 5-6, Philpot House, Station Road, Rayleigh, Essex SS6 7HH, UK T: +44 8707 800 787 E: spabusinessassociation@gmail.com www.spabusinessassociation.co.uk Regions represented: UK and Ireland Description: This February two previously independent UK spa associations – the British International Spa Association (BISA) and the Spa Business Association (SpaBA) – joined forces to form one unified


body for the country’s spa industry. The UK Spa Association has identified three priority areas for development: education; accreditation, benchmarking and the implementing of a code of practice; and market intelligence and providing quality data for the UK spa industry. Figures from BISA and SpaBA will serve on the board of the new association.


MIDDLE EAST


Middle East Spa Business Group, Dubai (MESBG) Coress Solutions International Secretariat, Middle East Spa Business Group, Sheikh Zayed Road, PO Box 7631, Dubai, UAE T: +97 14 303 4778 E: csi@emirates.com Regions represented: The Middle East Description: MESBG promotes the spa, wellness, health and beauty industries in the Middle East. Members enjoy information sharing and benefits such as spa seminars and workshops, newsletters and updates, regular member meetings and activities, as well as networking with spa, beauty, health and wellness professionals from the UAE and other figures international wellness organisations.


NORTH AMERICA


The Spa Association (SPAA) 1001 East Harmony Road, Suite A 167, Fort Collins, CO 80525, USA T: +1 970 218 5414 E: melinda@spaminton.com www.thespaassociation.com Regions represented: North America Description: SPAA provides information,


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