10 years of The Industry Awards

We’re extra excited about The Industry Awards this year, as 2019 marks the 10th year of Kitomba, HITO and NZARH coming together to celebrate the best in the hair, beauty and barbering industry.

Let’s revisit the past 10 years of The Industry Awards, and see how we’ve grown and changed into the wonderful event you know today!

The first year of The Industry Awards

Although Kitomba, HITO and NZARH had been recognising hair, beauty and barbering excellence in other forms, 2010 was the first year that the separate awards came together to form The Industry Awards. The first Industry Awards included NZARH competitions, Supreme Awards announcements, seminars, and an awards dinner. It was held in Christchurch and after some last minute changes to the venue following the earthquake, it was a full weekend of exciting activities.

A range of new awards

The awards categories themselves have changed over time as The Industry Awards strives to celebrate all areas of the industry. In 2011 we created a new award for the Trainer of the Year, and in 2013 the Sustainable Salon of the Year award was added. Training awards criteria changed in 2014 to welcome beauty entrants into the training awards. The Best Salon Design award was added in 2015 – to expand the meaning of business success beyond just the books.

Big changes for The Industry Awards

2018 saw an exciting change to the awards, with the addition of the Creative Awards categories. The HITO Training Awards and Kitomba NZARH Business Awards, formerly under The Industry Awards umbrella, also officially left their old names behind to be known only as The Industry Awards. This was the first year of The Industry Awards as we know them today, as one cohesive celebration of business, training and creative success in the hair, beauty and barbering industries.

10 years later

The Industry Awards have changed a lot over the years, always improving and adding new categories to celebrate the amazing people and business in our industry. It’s been an incredible journey so far, and we can’t wait to see what changes the future will bring!

We look forward to celebrating 10 years of The Industry Awards this November in Wellington and we hope to see you there!

The Industry Awards