According to the Guild of Professional Beauty Therapists there are approximately 14,000 beauty businesses operating in the UK. A 2011 report by Simply Business suggested that, between 2008 and 2010, beauty salons were amongst the fastest growing high street shops in the UK and industry analysts claim that beauty salons have performed well during the recession. There is a lot of money to be made in beauty as evidenced by the widespread magazine advertisements for a wide range of cosmetics, skin care, microdermabrasion products, retinoids, antioxidants, peels and minor cosmetic procedures such as Botox and dermal fillers.
However, in an industry that is often poorly regulated and treatments can be performed by unqualified people, the rise in popularity of beauty treatments has also led to an increase in salon injuries and accidents. As it is not compulsory for the salon or the therapist to have insurance to cover them in the event their client suffers an injury, clients can be left with no recourse for compensation.