Beauty Remains a Thriving Business

There are certain types of shops that appear in every high street in Britain and one of these is the beauty parlour.

Many retail outlets have been swallowed up by competition from the big out-of-town supermarkets. Examples of this include butchers and bakers and grocery shops with the result that the supermarkets hold the monopoly on such produce and the town centres get emptier and emptier.

This is such a major concern in Britain that recently the government set up an enquiry to look into the problem. It recently published a report that revealed many towns have as many as forty per cent empty and boarded up shops in centres.

Over all the figure is around twelve per cent and there are many obvious concerns about this. There are one or two notable exceptions and as it seems even in times of a recession women and some men still need the services of beauty shops these establishments are some of the few shops that still seem to thrive.

Fortunately the supermarkets do not seem to believe there is sufficient demand to incorporate beauty salons in the store unlike their move into dry cleaning which has severely damaged the old high street operators.

There is hardly much left for the out-of-town supermarkets to poach from the high street and even petrol stations in small towns have given up the ghost if a supermarket is nearby.

The only small interest for these empty shops comes from mobile phone retailers, betting shops, coffee bars and charity shops. Rates, rents and parking problems have all contributed to the loss of shops and with town centres looking like ghost towns the retail outlets that do still exist are getting very resentful about the high costs they have to pay the local councils.

Along with beauty shops it seems there is one other service that the supermarkets have not yet laid claim to and that is men's and women's hair salons and small corner convenience stores for the little things it is not worth going all the way to the supermarket for.

Just occasionally things can be turned around but it often takes the supreme efforts of new shopkeepers to work very long hours for very little pay to get them off the ground.

Invariably examples like this are achieved by people with a different work outlook and usually are first or second generation immigrants. In the two small villages in our part of middle England the only shops in both villages closed as did the petrol station within a year of a big out-of-town supermarket opening nearby.

One day an Indian man arrived and started operating a newspaper and milk round from one of the shops and gradually over two years of single-handed hard work and very long hours worked out what essentials people needed which did not entail going to the supermarket.

Now both shops are thriving and operated by managers who are all part of the same family and on a fixed wage and the results quite remarkable. The man has bought a house in one of the villages and it seems singlehandedly has revitalised the communities.

Beauty salons London abound in their thousands and it looks like they face a healthy future as long as they keep up with the competition. The beauty business is like many other fashion business and that is they must accept the bread and butter essentials like nail therapy and make up and add extras as demanded whilst all the time keeping up with the latest technological advances.

When in London get in touch with beauty salons London for all beauty care by making use of the listings in the directory of