A HAIR salon in Salisbury has been recognised with three nominations in national awards.

Smith England has been nominated for Salon Team and Salon of the Year (which they won in 2018) in the HJ’s British Hairdressing Business Awards 2019.

Phil Smith has also been recognised as one of Britain’s best business brains as he is nominated for Business Director of the Year.

Phil , who has been in hairdressing for more than 35 years and runs Smith England., was shortlisted for the accolade based on a CV of impressive career achievements.

Scrutinised by a host of hair industry professionals, Phil came through came up trumps in the judging process, standing out as “a forward thinking strategist, successful salon team motivator, and a consistent entrepreneur securing great profit for his company as well as boasting an inspiring reputation in the wider hairdressing world”.

On hearing of his success, Phil said: “I’ve grown so much in leading and taking risks in business.

“The journey of trying new things, seeing what works and re-evaluating over the years has been an amazing path of growth, and I’m thrilled to finalise.

“I have been passionate about hairdressing since I can remember and winning this title would mean everything to me.

“I wouldn’t have been able to achieve this recognition without the support of my brilliant team who have run beside me with incredible enthusiasm and commitment. Without them we would not have finalised for these three awards.”

Commenting on the announcement, Jayne Lewis-Orr, executive director of the British Hairdressing Business Awards said: “To be named as a finalist in the Business Director of the Year category confirms just how exceptional Phil is.

“Already known within the industry thanks to his commercial acumen and exceptional client care, he is only rivalled by a handful of others. He has proven completely that he can lead a team and create a thriving business.

“We wish him and his team the best of luck.”

Phil will be grilled on the facts and figures of his salon business at an interview in July before the winner is announced in September.

The Business Director of the Year award is sponsored by industry magazine Hairdressers Journal International which has been reporting on British hair since 1882.

Editor, Laura Husband, says: “This title is the pinnacle of recognition for salon owners in the UK. We are extremely proud to see people like Phil raising standards and driving our beautiful industry forward.”