Day: May 28, 2020

Anxious Brits plan to invest holiday budget into home improvements

Two thirds of British consumers have advised that they will not travel abroad this summer even if Government guidelines permit.

The research revealed that just 16% would be happy to travel overseas amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, with 62.7% advising they felt ‘too anxious’ to go abroad.

With 20% of respondents saving between £3,000 – £5,000 and one third  saving in excess of £8,000 due to cancelled trips abroad, Brits are now planning to invest their holiday budget into home improvements.

Stuart Dantzic, Managing Director of Caribbean Blinds, who commissioned the research, explained: “The COVID-19 pandemic has completely transformed how we live, work and operate in society, with mounting concern as to how and when we will be able to return to some form of normality without causing a second spike in cases. Therefore, it came as no surprise that the majority of consumers feel too anxious about travelling abroad

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Hairdressers say they are ready to open within weeks

A group representing hairdressers in the UK says politicians are taking too long to give salons permission to open.

The Hair and Barber Council, which represents 11,000 salons, estimates most of its members would be ready by mid-June.

The Department for Business has told the BBC that 4 July remains the earliest date they can open in England.

Salons have been closed since the lockdown began on 24 March.

Keith Conniford, the CEO of the Hair and Barber Council, says many salon owners want to open on June 15, alongside other non-food retail outlets.

He says: “I have spoken to a number of practitioners I know within barbering and hairdressing and resoundingly they said yes.”

The July date applies only in England – Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are setting their own strategy for opening up businesses.

But Keith says if any national government in any part of the UK

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