For the Mobile Generation
HairportUK is the newest innovation in mobile hairdressing, from vintage fairs to festivals and weddings.
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Tell us about your personal background. Why are you passionate about this issue? Making an idea a reality takes innovation, dedication and strong leadership. Do you have the necessary entrepreneurial skills to realize your vision?
Hair Sculpting, Cutting, Styling, Colouring, Festivals & Events, Fashion Shows, Catwalks, Music Videos, Film, TV, Training.
The Hairport Collaboration Ltd.
June 2011 – Present (7 months)
The Hairport Collaboration Ltd. is a community-focused business for the mobile generation. The company's mission is to improve industry standards for mobile hairdressing, by broadening learning opportunities and by influencing the increased well-being of trainees. We collaborate with hairdressing academies and with local community employers to offer hairdressing apprentices paid, experiential learning; we leverage our professional & social networks to provide free access to corporate mentoring schemes, customer service training and good citizenship programmes. We're building a one-stop supply chain so that after they've qualified, our community of trainees can link into an easy to use business support service, to run sustainable mobile hairdressing businesses in their own communities.
Hair By Ben
2008 – June 2011 (3 years)
Hair By Ben has been offering Mobile Hairdressing Services in West Sussex since 2008, funded by a start-up award from The Princes Trust. We founded the Chichester Business Community on Facebook, we support Spindle Magasine, Brighton Fashion Week, London Fashion Week and The Little Princess Trust. We collaborate with a variety of catwalk events and music video productions and our work has been featured in Vogue. We're taking full advantage of the social networking revolution to give customers convenient access to quality hair-do's at affordable prices. We want to reach out to other stylists and create a community of mobile hairdressers who want to modernise our industry & encourage the development and well-being of mobile, talented professionals.
Toni and Guy
2003 – 2008 (5 years)
I completed my apprenticeship with Toni and Guy and qualified with a grade A, Dinstinction. Whilst training, I was promoted through to Head Assistant and achieved 1st place in T & G Cutting and Colouring competition in my 2nd year.
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Reino Unido, WSX, Chichester
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La necesidad: ¿Cuál es el problema que tratas de solucionar?
Mobile hairdressing is a growth industry but there’s a problem – it’s long had a back-street image and @HairportUK believes 2012 is perfect timing for a British make-over.
The National Apprenticeship Service reports that Hairdressing schemes generate more complaints about employment conditions from trainees and their parents, than any other industry sector. Poor pay, long hours, sweeping of floors and making the tea, persuades many trainees to migrate to casual, mobile working. These are talented people, seeking opportunities to express their creativity. Too few invest in business skills training and many trade beneath the radar of safety and quality regulators.
La solución: ¿Cuál es tu solución? Sé específico.
Development of the HairportUK model was funded by the Prince’s Trust. Proposed, is a range of excellent service innovations, tested by competent, agile & tech savvy hairdressing professionals. A ‘smart’ booking portal solution with an 0800 contact centre co-ordinates brand engagement, nationwide service appointments, transaction processing, logistics, supply chain, vocational training, business mentoring and community outreach activities.
Individual stylists are personally credited for their artistic achievements through social networking campaigns and this encourages local communities collaborate with HairportUK to create safe, fun, vocational learning experiences for trainees; it’s all about shared commitment to social and economic development.
HairportUK is different.
El Modelo: Muéstranos a través de un ejemplo específico cómo tu solución hace una diferencia, incluye tus actividades primarias
Because we don't have the overheads that a salon has, we can spend quality time with our customers. One at a time. Oh, and we are cheaper than a salon too!
With a central network for our stylists with managed bookings, comprehensive insurance and a mobile phone for every stylist working with HairportUK the team gets the support they need.
El mercado: ¿Quiénes son tus pares y competidores? Identifica a otros que también estén trabajando para dar respuesta a las necesidades que tú abordas y en qué te diferencias de ellos. ¿Cuáles son los desafíos que estos jugadores podrían representar para tu éxito o crecimiento?
HairportUK is a different approach to hairdressing. By embracing technology and social media our team are proud to be mobile. From glamorous design work and innovative event ideas we make hairdressing fun. We are Britain's first branded team of professional hairdressers.
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What is the social impact you have had to date and how you measure it?
What barriers might hinder the success of your business? How do you plan to overcome them?
Funding! We are trying to over-come this issue through a CrowdFunding, creating an online community of shareholders with HairportUK's interests at heart. Check it out @ http://www.crowdcube.com/ and search for HairportUK
How does your model address financial, social, and environmental sustainability?
HairportUK's strategy is to build a relationship-oriented business through social hubs and portals, with quality content, good value and excellent support for both customers and employees. This will lead to long-term relationships with both, making Hairport a lifestyle choice for luxury well-being at affordable prices. A key marketing objective will be to help everyone understand the value of social networking.
Our go-to-market strategy is comprised of direct sales and selective partnership agreements with
the following objectives:
• Community involvement in training of apprentices
• Collaborations with Professional Associations e.g British Safety Council, UKCAE, the Institute of Directors
• Evolution of services to optimized levels to maximize profit and quality.
• Networking via other experts and high value businesses in the community
• Website advertising and search engine optimization
• High profile, high value interactions between our employees and our customers
Through search engine optimization and search engine marketing, HairportUK will be strategically placed near the top of both Google, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn search engines.
Awareness & learning
How do you see social entrepreneurship contributing to the improvement of developing countries?
By the end of this decade, power and influence will shift largely to those people with the best reputations and trust networks, from people with money and nominal power. That is, peer networks will confer legitimacy on people emerging from the grassroots. This shift is already happening, gradually creating a new power and influence equilibrium with new checks and balances. It will seem dramatic when its tipping point occurs, even though we’re living through it now. - Craig Newmark
What aspects of your stay in Uganda as part of the competition do you think you will find most challenging and rewarding?
I think I would find the culture shock the most challenging thing to deal with. It is obviously not like home and it would take a little time to climatise.
The most rewarding thing to take away from the trip (other than the success of wining) would be the opportunity to see a different way of life and a different way of thinking. It would be very inspiring.