The information requested falls within the responsibility of the National Statistician, who has been asked to reply.
Letter from Jil Matheson, dated 31 March 2008:
The National Statistician has been asked to reply to your recent question asking what estimate has been made of the number of (a) hairdressers and (b) beauty salons in England. I am replying in her absence. (197588)
The Office for National Statistics publishes estimates of numbers of enterprises that are VAT traders based on the UK Standard Industrial Classification (2003 revision), which combines hairdressers and beauty salons within a single heading (9302: Hairdressing and other beauty treatment). Estimates are not available separately for hairdressers and beauty salons.
The total number of enterprises in England in 2007 that were VAT traders and classified to hairdressing and beauty treatment was 11,780. Enterprises not registered for VAT are excluded from this estimate.