Well, things are certainly looking brighter than they were a year ago. For a start, we are not in lockdown and, fingers crossed, 2022 looks set to see a return to some kind of normality.
I’m very proud of everything The Fellowship has achieved during 2021. We have proved just how adaptable we are as an organisation, just as hairdressing has proved how resilient it is as an industry.
It would have been easy to put so much on hold at the start of the year, with everything seemingly against moving forward as a creative organisation, but we weren’t prepared to do that. We continued to invest in all our teams and projects — including FAME Team, ClubStar Art Team, and PROJECT: X, Colour, and Men. All teams and projects were introduced virtually to their team leaders, who worked tirelessly to maintain motivation and engagement despite the challenges of not being able to meet face-to-face.
We also launched new online initiates to help of members stay connected and informed, including Fellowship Connect, our virtual networking forum featuring presentations from expert industry panels.
This year was definitely not a year for sitting still, it was a year of progression and growth. By the time we were able to meet and mingle again in May, our members were all buzzing not just with excitement, but with the knowledge gained through the Fellowship’s constant dialogue over the months of lockdown.
It has been so wonderful to see everyone again during the second half of 2021 and to finally get to witness live hairdressing and share our passion for the craft. This year has certainly continued to challenge us, but it has also reinforced our love for what we do and also our tenacity as an industry.
I’d like to thank the entire team at The Fellowship for their hard work and dedication to each other and to our members. And I’d like to thank all our members for their wonderfully positive feedback over the past 12 months.