Hairdressing Industry And Its Governing Bodies

The hairdressing industry as various governing bodies intended to protect the client and the hair salon

National Hairdressers’ Federation (NHF) provides salon members with help and information for the hair industry currently has over 6,000 members, which includes small and medium salons that include hair and beauty salons, and Independent Chair Renters.

The NHF works on behalf of its members to raise the professionalism and commitment to the hair and beauty industry. Members have access to a range of benefits, including services, products, advice and information that help them to develop their business, including access to a free legal helpline, salon insurance, discounted rates on PPL Licences. It helps its member through representation legal and employement advice.

If a salon displays it’s a member of the NHF this does mean it better than another salon down the road. Although it should be noted that the hair salon itself takes its business and contractual arrangements seriously.

Association of Hairdressers and Therapists, founded in 1963 by a group of hairdressing teachers as a like minded national network of specialists who exchange good practice and support. This organisations members are more made up from the educational sector of hairdressing. Ranging from lecturers, teachers and assessors who hold relevent teaching qualifications or are working toward achieving those qualifications. The AHT holds National Training initatives, events and specialist demonstrations across its network.

In 1986, the Hairdressing Training Board (HTB) was formed with the objective of working with employers, educators and government to design and implement training and education programmes for the hairdressing industry.

Habia is the government appointed standards setting body for hair, beauty, nails, spa therapy, barbering and African type hair, and creates the standards that form the basis of all qualifications including NVQs, SVQs, Apprenticeships, Diplomas and Foundation degrees, as well as industry codes of practice.

In 1997, HTB, HTB Scotland, and the Beauty Industry Authority (BIA) formed the Hairdressing and Beauty Industry Authority (HABIA) to include the beauty therapy industry within its remit. Habia was formally launched by Dr Kim Howells, then Minister for Lifelong Learning, at that year’s Salon International exhibition.

By 2001, the organisation was being referred to by its initials, HABIA, and by the end of 2004 the decision was made to officially make the company name Habia. By this time, nail services and spa therapy had been added to Habia’s remit.

Habia was officially recognised by the government as a National Training Organisation (NTO) until these were abolished in 2001. Currently, Habia is recognised by the government as the Standards Setting Body for the hair, beauty, nails and spa sectors (including barbering and African Caribbean hair). The core responsibilities for Standards Setting Bodies include sector research and information, national occupational standards, qualifications strategy and learning frameworks. A central point of contact for information, Habia provides guidance on careers, business development, legislation, salon safety and equal opportunities, and is responsible to government on industry issues such as education and skills.

Habia raises the profile of its industries through the press and media, and is the first port of call for news organisations and broadcasters on news items and background information.

Habia also delivers solutions direct to:
salons to help them understand complex legislation such as health & safety and employment law, improve client retention and raise business performance;
employees to gain the skills that employers need to stay up to date with client demand and the latest techniques, equipment and products, as well as where to go to access learning and suitable qualifications;
trainers – to deliver qualifications with training support manuals, and to create successful teaching programmes including induction and initial assessment;
learners – by offering books and teaching guides directly related to their studies, and by providing advice on career paths and qualifications.

HABIA is very similar to the NHF in its support for salons and individuals.

The Future For Hair Associations
State registration is looking like a possible requirement for hair salons moving forward to promote best practice and tidy up the industry

Steel Industry- Useful Information

The steel industry has undergone many changes in the recent years, especially in the US. With the competition for business becoming more competitive, steel producers have had to look for ways to reduce costs while increasing their production. The USA has quickly become one of the world leaders in steel production due to all of the efforts of these companies to remain competitive. It is still forecast that the employment opportunities will continue to decrease yet the production rates are forecast above average making the steel industry a profitable business.

The steel industry produces steel by combining scrap metals, iron, and additional products and melts them down to produce other products. The molten steel is poured into molds, or cast into other forms such as rods, sheets, wires, cold rolled steel or whatever the demand may be. It is a complicated process but with this small description you can see the amount of work that goes into each product.

How do scrap steel prices affect me as a consumer?

To know just how much your scrap is worth you can check the steel price index. As demands for scrap (which is the base product of many production companies) increases the prices go up to encourage vendors to get rid of their stock. Even the average Joe has learned to make a profit off of this industry by offering to clean out garages, take in your junk cars on trade and so on.

Five short years ago used car dealers were able to buy up cars, repair them and turn a profit by offering affordable transportation to you, the consumer. Now we see a downslide in the auto industry because it is more profitable for an auto owner to take their car to the scrap yard and make a higher profit therefore making the price of a used car go up because there are fewer affordable vehicles available to the public.

How does Cold Rolled Steel get priced?

When production is high and the demands are low the cold rolled steel prices go down. When just the opposite happens the prices skyrocket and steel producers once again begin to see profits.

The steel industry is always based on supply and demand so being able to produce more products with less production workers is always an important part to keep the business thriving and competitive.

In conclusion, If the demand for scrap metal goes up, the scrap steel prices will continue to rise. During times of war this has been seen in the past and we are continuing to see it today. If you have an old car sitting in the driveway taking up space you may want to go to the local scrap yard and find out just how much its worth, not only will you be ridding yourself of the eyesore in the driveway, you may just be making a little extra money to spend on other items that you were unable to afford.

Niching the Online Handmade Industry

Niching the Online Handmade Industry:
Setting up Shop

By Dennis Speer

Copyright 2011 All Rights Reserved

Nooks and crannies. It congers up visions of an old house in a Hardy Boys adventure. A complex floor plan, three stories, hidden stairways, secret passages, lots of nooks and crannies and maybe even haunted. For those who remember The Hardy Boys or even those who have actually been in a house like this, you know what Im talking aboutthey just dont build them like that anymore.

These nooks and crannies had niches used to display a special vase, a special memento or other special home dcor, and the effect could be very powerful. These niches became a special presentation of things of importance that demand recognition. The more special the item, the more special the attention it derived from it. This unique presentation creates uniqueness and appeal.

This unique specialization creates the niche effectspecialization within a specialization. And so it is within the influence of internet marketing and the niche effect of the Online Handmade Industry. To be recognized here you must be uniquely special!

The Online Handmade Industry is driven by handmade artists. So, just what is a “Handmade Artist”? Just ask one and you will get a myriad of answers. To be sure, they are artists who are devoted to their craft. They are artisans who craft their devotion. And they are crafters who create handmade art products and visual arts. They all have a significant impact and influence on the Online Handmade Industry.

Establishing a niche isnt difficult, but it requires what some call the three PsProper Prior Planning.

Identify your specialties. What you are really good at will drive quality in your products. By prioritizing your specialties you instill uniqueness of your products. And when you create your specialties you infuse them with the finest qualities that become the reputation for your niche.

The process of establishing, prioritizing and creating special things is critical to niche marketing, and even more so if your market is online. There are many marketplace venues representing the Online Handmade Industry and literally millions of art products competing to be seen, selected and purchased by consumers. Most handmade artists are keenly aware of this condition.

So, add presentation to the checklist. The quality of presentation is as important as the quality of the products being presented. The niche effect requires a high degree of specialization, the finest quality achievable and the best, and most unique, presentation online. Digital imagery becomes a significant part of the equation and the image presented must reflect all of the other components. A bad photo of great art work or crafted products wont sell online, plus the visual attraction of the products can be a large part of its uniqueness. Many handmade buyers are attracted to the idiom because most of the items presented are one of a kind.

The next step is to find your audience. Simply creating great stuff and presenting it online wont in itself attract buyers. Sellers need to find their buyers, not vice versa. The unique nature of niche marketing is especially evident in this regard. When using titles and descriptions of products understanding the implications of Search Engine Result Pages (SERPs) becomes the key. Word competition is enormous, so choose the keywords used in these areas carefully, using words and phrases buyers would likely use to find you. This is especially important when your shop is located on a handmade marketplace where thousands of items reside.

Other important marketing tactics include social media (some marketplaces have complete social media applications built in), networking and follow up with buyers. Creating your brand identity will help buyers remember your products. (See my article: Evolution of Branding: The Art of Buzz)

With niche marketing quality teams with quality. Maybe MacGyver could build a rocket launcher out of a few Popsicle sticks, but Popsicle sticks arent really the stuff of quality art products or visual arts.

Display your works in the midst of other quality products. Present your works with the finest quality venues and surround yourself with the finest quality artists. Its attractive!

Crichina Maintains Its Leading Position In Textile Industry – After years of development, Chinese textile industry has possessed obvious competitive advantages in international market, which are mainly reflected in cost, scale and quality, i.e., complete industry chain, abundant labor resources, increasing investment, brisk demand in the market home and abroad, and steady social and political environment. Since China has a large population, Chinese textile industry enjoys a huge market.

However, the current development of Chinese textile industry is restricted by the following respects: firstly, improvement of grade and quality of processed and OEM products is promoted by the upgrade of textile machinery, while high-end textile machinery heavily depends on import; secondly, production lines mainly concentrate in traditional clothing field, while household textiles and industrial textiles own weak competitiveness; thirdly, since China lack marketing channels in international market and well-known international brands, Chinese control capacity of high added-value links in industry chain is weak, and China is often in an inferior position.

In addition, influenced by the financial crisis, RMB appreciation, export tax rebate decline, tight monetary policy, adjustment of processing trade policy, labor cost increase, Chinese textile industry faces enormous difficulties and challenges. In this context, many textile producing enterprises experience difficulties of production and operation, some of which successively shut down, or stop the production, posing a serious threat to Chinese textile industry.

Currently, as labor costs of Chinese textile industry have exceeded those of many Southeast Asian countries, the monopoly position of Chinese textile industry is gradually disappearing. On the one hand, prices of raw materials are on the rise rapidly, especially for cotton and chemical fiber, which exerts an adverse impact on corporate production and operation. On the other hand, enterprises own few fluid capitals, and experience interim and seasonal labor insufficiency, which raise a more urgent requirement for transforming the textile industry from the traditional labor-intensive industry to the industry with quality and efficiency innovation.

Generally speaking, Chinese textile industry sees good prospect.

Seen from international environment, there is still much space and opportunities in international market. As quota limitation on Sino-Euro textiles expired at the end of 2007, and that on Sino-U.S. textiles concluded at the end of 2008, Chinese textiles enter an era of no quota limitation, in which about over 60% regions of global textile market will fully open to China, bringing enormous opportunities into Chinese textile trade. In the next few years, the world economy is still recovering, which will inevitably promote the growth of international trade, and give favorable international market guarantee to the increase of Chinese textile and apparel export.

In order to maintain the leading position of Chinese textile industry and fight against the impact of the financial crisis, the State Council of the Peoples Republic of China puts forward 8 major tasks for adjustment and rejuvenation of Chinese textile industry, namely, stabilizing the market home and abroad, upgrading independent innovation capacity, accelerating technological transformation, eliminating backward productivity, optimizing regional layout, improving public service system, speeding up independent brand construction and enhancing corporate competitiveness.

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How To Use Hr Scorecard For Publishing Industry

Evaluation of human resource performance has become one of the most popular recent trends in business performance assessment. Balanced scorecard is widely used to optimize performance and evaluate efficiency of human resource departments, especially in huge transnational companies and corporations. Business owners came to understand that human resources are worth to invest in, as such investments proved to be the most effective in the long term. One should not underestimate the power of human resources, and the recent financial crisis is the best proof that efficient and dedicated personnel can help company solve problems and even perform better in post crisis economy.

HR scorecard for publishing industry is gaining popularity. There is a tough competition in the market of both online and offline media. Thats why efficient use of human resources is a precondition for success. Publishing business is not an exception here.

Perhaps, the right choice of key performance indicators for HR scorecard in publishing business is the most important stage of BSC implementation. It is very important to find critical success factors for an effective HR policy. Publishing business has its own peculiar features, business environment and specific nature. It should be taken into account when creating key performance indicators in all categories of balanced scorecard.

Lets review a couple of indicators that might be very helpful in assessment of HR efficiency for publishing industry.

Average equipment cost per employee. Such an indicator is truly considered to be very representative. Personnel uses various equipment in publishing business, like printing machines, powerful computers etc. Inefficient use of equipment may result in huge expanses. In order to optimize production expenses per employee, it might be very helpful to keep track on this KPI. On the one hand, an employee should get everything he or she needs to fulfill duties. On the other hand the company should not overpay. Based on the evaluation results, human resource managers may think of the ways to optimize expenses by forming teams of the right size, allocating the right amount of resources, office space and equipment. Employees may share the same equipment without feeling uncomfortable which will decrease average equipment cost per employee, and thus the company may save money which can be used, for example, for training or personnel coaching.

New hire turnover during the first 12 months. Publishing business involves advanced knowledge and experience in working with specialized equipment. Thats why if a company hires and educates new employees it sometimes spends a great amount of money. If the new employee eventually leave the company having worked less than 12 month, the company is more likely to suffer losses. It is very important to create suitable working conditions for freshly hired personnel, so that newcomers can use obtained knowledge to benefit the company. New higher turnover is a very indicative measure that directly evaluates efficiency of human resource department. Logical leap, the lower turnover is, the better for the company.

Finally, it should be mentioned that when evaluating HR performance one needs to keep balance between interests of personnel goals of the company.

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