About us

About Ellisons

Way back in 1930 when Ethel Ellison started delivering hair preparations and sundries to Birmingham’s hairdressers and barbers, Ethel could barely have imagined how Ellisons would grow up to become the UK’s leading next day supplier of hair and beauty products brands and treatments. Today, over 85 years since those first orders were delivered, her passion for professional hair and beauty lives on in everything we do. So whether your business is large or small, our dedicated Ellisons team is always on hand to ensure you have an enjoyable and informed experience every time you shop with us.

With free delivery on all orders over £50 and expected same day despatch on orders placed before 8pm, there has never been a better time to shop with us. Please click here for a full list of the benefits you can expect to receive by shopping with us.

Hair, beauty and equipment

As the UK’s leading supplier in hair and beauty, we’re delighted to bring you the latest and most popular products in the industry, including CND™ Shellac™, Phd™ Safewax, St. Tropez, Wella, L'Oréal, Macadamia, Schwarzkopf and much more. Whether you shop online, on your mobile, in-store or through our Directory, you’re sure to find thousands of products, treatment and furniture ideas from many of our exclusive brands.

College

At Ellisons, we do all we can to support the hair and beauty professionals of tomorrow by providing valuable support for colleges and their learners. From providing student kits to offering expert training with the leading brands and products, our expertise covers the key areas which can help make all the difference to providing excellent course content.

The Academy

We offer all therapists the chance to develop and learn at our established Academy. Whether you’re looking to kick start your career, a professional looking to brush up on your skills, or you wish to introduce new treatments into your business, we can help you build on your career in professional beauty. Download our prospectus for more information on The Ellisons Academy today. 

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Corporate social responsibility

Being a responsible business is extremely important to us. We are led and guided by strong principles and an inclusive culture which translates in the way we approach business, our environment, community and colleagues.

Supporting our staff

We’re committed to invevsting in our staff and supporting their career aspirations. We do this through our Passport to Success scheme, where we provide weekly training and development for those looking to develop skills in hair and beauty, in addition to supporting colleagues looking to achieve academic qualifications. 

These initiatives have resulted in Ellisons being recognised as one of the best employers in the UK. Recent awards include One Star status on the ‘Sunday Times Best Companies to Work for 2015; Workplace Well Being Charter and consistently achieving ‘Investors in People’ since 2002.

Supporting the community

We supported the WorldSkills UK Skills Show in 2013 with competition equipment, prizes and a Have a Go at Beauty Therapy area. As a Senior Competition sponsor we show our commitment to the industry and excellence as a standard. There were nearly 100,000 visitors who came to see over 50 skills competitions and Have a Go areas. We are committed to our support of this important national initiative and the ethos of excellence it promotes.

Zoe's Place Baby Hospice

We have chosen Zoё's Place Baby Hospice as our company charity to support in everything we do. We hold regular coffee mornings, dress down days and various activities to help raise as much money as possible. Zoё's Place provide care and support 24 hours a day for both the child and family.

Local charity support

We fund raise for our local charities such as the Mary Ann Evans Hospice in Nuneaton and the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust. In the past 12 months, we have supported Exhall Grange physical, sensory special school and have donated to Zoe’s Place in Ash Green.

Local education

We work closely with King Edwards 6th Form College Careers Academy. We mentor business and finance students and have a 6 week paid internship each summer. The college gains from our business knowledge and our people gain from mentoring and lecturing as part of their personal development. We also offer work experience for young learners from local schools as well as talks about careers in our Academy.

Supporting the environment

We responsibly source our products and equipment. Our own brand products have minimum packaging and we actively work with our suppliers to look at ways of reducing packaging.

Our iconic Ellisons parcel boxes are made from responsibly sourced cardboard with a fully recycled lining. The boxes themselves are reusable and recyclable. We use a void fill packing system which is mainly air. The plastic bags can be reused and are fully recyclable in plastic waste.

We have targets set each year for waste management and reduction and are always aware of our carbon footprint.

Our Directory is printed on paper manufactured from wood pulp sourced from well managed and sustainable forests. 

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Careers

As the leading supplier in the hair and beauty industry, we’re always on the lookout for talented and ambitious individuals. If you’re a team player and full of ideas, we would love to hear from you. So have a look at the positions below and see if you’re what we’re looking for.

Customer Support Advisor - View job

New Business Advisor - View job

Sales Assistant - View job

Beauty Therapy Trainer - View job

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Reasons to shop with Ellisons

As the UK’s leading supplier in the professional hair and beauty industry, we’re delighted to bring you the latest products and treatments that can make a real difference to your business. From our excellent customer support team to our exclusive brands and inspiring ideas; there has never been a better time to shop with us. See a list of full benefits you will receive from shopping with us below.

  • The Ellisons Directory with a comprehensive collection of hair and beauty products and many exclusive brands.
  • Free delivery on all orders over £50†
  • Same day despatch on orders placed before 8pm*
  • Dedicated personal account management for national account customers, colleges and
    overseas customers
  • HABIA/VTCT approved academy and regional trainers offering specific skills
    and CPD accreditation
  • Bespoke product sourcing
  • Monthly promotions offering fantastic value
  • Pan European service offering 3-5 day delivery
  • UAE region service offering 7-10 day delivery.
  • Comprehensive web and mobile shop with payment facility in Sterling or Euros
  • On site brand demonstrations
  • Salon design service and consultation
  • Salon leasing

 *Monday to Thursday.
† UK mainland only, excludes large items of equipment
and special orders.

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