27 March 2023

Kao Salon Division: The Hub Network 2022

Earlier this spring, Kao Salon Division was delighted to welcome back its salon partners to The Hub Network 2022 – a truly unforgettable experience for everyone involved!

Kao Salon Division chose the most beautiful setting imaginable for its long-awaited HUB Network 2022. Under cloudless spring skies and alongside the shimmering blue sea of Carveoiro on Portugal’s Algarve, over 150 salon owners and HUB team members descended on the stunning five-star Tivoli Spa retreat. The venue offered refined rooms and suites, three pools, spa, dive centre and tennis courts, as well as excellent hospitality and customer service from its staff. 

This was the fourth time that this hugely successful event has been held. After a 2-year hiatus was even more eagerly-anticipated than ever. Hosted by Director of Sales, Mitch Lucas, and also Kao Salon Division Director of Education Irene Meikle, the official focus for the 2022 event was on how to add value to your business, build your brand and achieve your ambitions. However, the desire to meet up, engage with like-minded people and share personal experiences proved to be an equally important element to the proceedings.

Inspiration and Networking

Participants were able to enjoy two full days of inspirational business presentations. There were insights and advice from expert speakers as well as exclusive networking opportunities. Two incredible nights of al fresco dining and also entertainment perfectly complemented these experiences. It took place under the stars overlooking the Atlantic Ocean on the Vale Covo cliffside.

“How fantastic to be back together in such a stunning location,” commented Julie Winchester, General Manager Kao Salon Division UK, Ireland. “We received some incredible insights and inspiration from our amazing host of speakers. I hope all of our customers, who are all part of our Kao Salon family, enjoyed hearing from them. I’m certain they took home some practical ideas to help support their business. We can’t wait to reveal the destination of our next HUB Network 2023. I’m also looking forward to spending more time with our salon family soon. It’s great to finally be back together!”

The Hub Network Speakers 2022

Charles Marcus: Charles inspired the audience with his powerful story of overcoming adversity to carve out a highly successful business and career. He shared personal experiences of being different yet having the courage to use those differences to stand out.

Hellen Ward: Hellen tackled the subject of ‘how to future proof your salon business and face challenges with fluid managerial thinking in a changing market.

Sophia Hilton: Sophia addressed the challenging matter of toxicity within the salon. She explained that toxicity is driven by behaviours and not people. She also highlighted that they can be in one part of our lives and not in another.

Anthony Bennett: Anthony enthralled the audience with his emotional story of a near death experience. This led him to turning his biggest fear into his biggest passion; achieving his dreams by facing his fears as well as using the power of imagination to envision the desired results.

Richard Lambert: Richard instigated some lively discussion and debate, as well as plenty of audience participation. He addressed the recent and growing challenges of skills and recruitment within the industry currently faced within the industry.

Penny Etheridge: Penny took to the stage to share her story of ‘how to turn an impossible situation into a success story.’

VIN+OMI: KMS enjoyed a recent partnership with sustainable visionaries and fashion powerhouse, VIN+OMI. The HUB Network welcomed Vin onto the stage to share the inspiring story behind one of the world’s most recognised as well as pioneering sustainable brands.

Holly Tucker: Holly closed the event with an inspiring as well as uplifting speech ‘do what you love, love what you do.’


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