Launch of the first All-Party Parliamentary Group on Beauty, Aesthetics & Wellbeing

A cross party group of MPs have announced the launch of a new All-Party Parliamentary Group with a mandate to:

  • Celebrate the power of the British beauty industry and promote the industry as a force for good
  • Highlighting the substantial contribution it makes to the UK economy (£27bn in 2018 and the rich and flexible employment opportunities it offers
  • Explore the challenges the industry faces e.g. sustainability, inclusivity, transparency, regulation to lobby for change and a more beautiful future

The newly formed Beauty, Aesthetics and Wellbeing All-Party Parliamentary Group (BAW APPG), co-chaired by Carolyn Harris MP and Judith Cummins MP is working together and supporting the vital work being done by charity Beauty Banks. The group and the charity will work together to address hygiene poverty with the ultimate aim of making it history in the UK.

As part of this, the group have launched a panel series on the ‘Power of Beauty’, bringing together industry experts and professionals with parliamentarians to discuss a range of challenge including sustainability, inclusivity in the industry, beauty regulation and the link between beauty and wellness. This series will inform the group’s ‘Beauty Manifesto’ which it intends to present to Government in the coming months. 

Carolyn Harris MP and Judith Cummins MP, Co-Chairs of the APPG said:

“We are thrilled to be championing the power of beauty and the importance of wellbeing in Parliament along with colleagues from across the house. The beauty industry has the power to transform and empower many lives and makes a huge contribution to UK economy, employing more than 1 million people. It is also important there is appropriate regulation and sufficient support from policy makers, to ensure that the beauty and aesthetics industry continues to thrive.”


Further information on the All Party Group can be found at www.baw-appg.com

Notes to Editors

The Beauty, Aesthetics and Wellbeing All Party Parliamentary Group has been created to provide a forum for parliamentary discussions on the issues around beauty. To support the beauty industry, celebrate its economic contribution and discuss the challenges impacting the industry, particularly the need for more stringent regulations arounds cosmetic procedures. Officers of the group include:

  • Carolyn Harris MP  – Co Chair
  • Judith Cummins MP  – Co Chair 
  • Alberto Costa MP  – Vice-Chair
  • Victoria Prentis MP – Vice- Chair
  • Jenny Chapman MP – Vice Chair
  • Peter Dowd MP  – Treasurer
  • Jessica Morden MP – Secretary

About Beauty Banks

  • Established in February 2018 by Jo Jones (PR) and Sali Hughes (journalist) a non-profit whose aim is to tackle hygiene poverty in the UK. We are driven by the belief that being clean is a basic human right, not a privilege, and that our dignity, self-respect and mental health depends on it.
  • Beauty Banks works by galvanising the beauty industry and individuals to support those living in poverty by supplying them with personal care and hygiene essentials. We source donations of product, re-package them and distribute them to registered charities including foodbanks, shelters and refuges across the country.

For more information, please contact Carolyn Harris MP, the Chair of the Beauty, Aesthetics and Wellbeing All Party Parliamentary Group or the secretariat for the Group:  Victoria.McNish@interelgroup.com