Rainbow Room International founders awarded an OBE in the New Years Honours List

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It’s the start of a new year and we only wish that 2021 will be the new beginning we are owed. Last year has been tough and challenging; yet this doesn’t mean that achievements and successes shouldn’t be celebrated. For founders of the 12-strong Glasgow, Ayr and Stirling based hairdressing group (Rainbow Room International), Alan and Linda Stewart, the new year has started with an OBE award in the New Year’s Honours List for Services to Hairdressing. It’s the fitting end to a year of celebrating the 40th anniversary of Rainbow Room International in 2020. Congratulations, Linda and Alan.

Only a few months ago, we featured the lush makeover of the Rainbow Room International salon in Glasgow’s George’s square. See HERE. It’s a fabulous testament to the style and skill with which Linda and Alan have built their business.

In fact, the husband-and-wife team claim the largest salon group in Scotland along with a renowned Training Academy and a product company. They have received an array of awards for their business acumen and creativity and have raised tens of thousands of pounds for charities in Glasgow and for the hairdressing industry’s charity HABB.

What a journey

The first Rainbow Room International salon opened in Glasgow’s Buchanan Street in 1979, and since then the brand has grown into one that’s synonymous with quality, luxury and innovation. In 2003, they opened their training Academy, which allowed them to cultivate and provide a career path for the next generation of Scotland’s top stylists along with training qualified professionals from all over the world in their bespoke cutting and styling techniques, as well as business skills.  Their passion for training is unapparelled ensuring each member of their team is trained to the highest standards.

Over the years Alan and Linda’s philosophy and philanthropy of constant change and continual improvement has never wavered. They have inspired countless hairdressers throughout the world and their team all uphold the same values and goals as their leaders – to embrace change and continuous progress in everything they do.

“We are delighted to have been awarded such a prestigious honour,” said the lovely couple. “2020 has been an exceptionally hard year for everyone and the hairdressing industry is no exception, this honour has given us, our team and the industry a reason to celebrate and to look forward to a promising 2021.”

We applaud and we wish you another successful 40, Alan and Linda.



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