Charlie Miller and Peter Collinge both receive OBEs for their services to hairdressing
Veteran hairdressers Charlie Miller and Peter Collinge have both received OBEs in the Queen’s New Year 2012 Honours List in recognition for their services to hairdressing. Miller, who celebrated 50 years in the business in 2009, is the first Scottish hairdresser to be presented with the accolade. His chain of Edinburgh-based salons have won a host of awards since the first one opened its doors in 1965. The hairdresser has also received a series of gongs for his personal work as well as attracting an impressive list of celebrity clients including the likes of Sean Connery. In 1998 Miller turned his focus around from hairdressing to the company’s marketing, PR and business development and since 2007, he has been committed to personally cutting and styling wigs for Teenage Cancer Trust teenagers and young people undergoing treatment for the disease.
Meanwhile Collinge, who has spent over 70 years in hairdressing, opened his first salon in Liverpool in 1952. He later established a training programme for North West stylists in the ‘70s before handing over the reigns to his children Andrew, Sarah and Liz. Today the business, now named Andrew Collinge Hairdressing, has branches in Liverpool, Manchester, Chester and Lancashire including two academies that train around 100 apprentices a year. He says: “Investing in young people and providing them with great training has been the backbone of our company and made it strong. We have trained thousands of hairdressers over the years, some have worked for us and others have opened their own salons. I am proud to have contributed in this way.”