Royal Recognition for Industry Icon Andrew Collinge
Andrew Collinge Hairdressing has been honoured for its commitment to upskilling its workforce with a 2018 Princess Royal Training Award. Chairman and Creative Director Andrew Collinge personally received the award from HRH Princess Anne at an awards ceremony in St James’s Palace yesterday. The prestigious awards honour UK employers for their outstanding training and development programmes, which have directly resulted in measurable success.
The company received the commendation for its unique Graduate salons concept. Created by Hazel and Peter Collinge in the mid 1980s, who believed that training should be at the heart of the business, a Graduates salon is akin to a finishing school for hairdressers. All newly qualified Andrew Collinge apprentices go through a Graduates salon. These stand alone salons allow newly qualified stylists the chance to hone their hairdressing skills and to be given responsibility to help run the salons on their own; which sees them flourish and gain invaluable confidence. This successful programme has not only resulted in improving client retention year-on-year and fast-tracking careers but has also ensured the company has a solid base of loyal home grown talent.
Andrew Collinge, Andrew Collinge Chairman commented, “To receive this prestigious Award from HRH The Princess Royal in recognition of our Graduate salons gives me great pride. These stand alone salons, founded by my parents, have over years produced some of our finest hairdressers and tutors, many of whom play key roles in the company today. The Princess Royal commented to me that she had previously awarding my father an OBE for services to hairdressing training and congratulated all involved on this continued success and commitment to training.
Commenting on the awards, Charlie Collinge, Andrew Collinge Managing Director said: “We are particularly proud not only to be the first hairdressing company to receive a Princess Royal Training Award but also the first Merseyside-based company to be awarded. I am very pleased for our Graduates Salon teams, and the Graduate Apprentices themselves, to be recognised. They are hard working and talented teams."