History

Beginnings

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The first Collinge salon was opened in 1940 in West Derby, Liverpool by Wilfred and Molly Collinge. His son, Peter, followed in his footsteps, training to become a hairdresser in the 1940s – honing his skills on the Mauretania.

Throughout the 1950s, Peter Collinge was a prolific competition hairdresser, winning competitions in the UK and Europe. Peter's growing reputation, gained from competition hairdressing, enabled him to open his own salon in 1954 in Liverpool.

As Liverpool's own beat generation made their mark, the company flourished and by the late 1960s there was a group of Peter Collinge salons within Merseyside.

Andrew Collinge, Peter's son, started hairdressing in 1974, completing his training at Michaeljohn, Albemarle Street, London. Whilst at Michaeljohn, Andrew assisted both Michael Rasser and John Isaacs on their photo shoots. On moving back to Liverpool in 1982, Andrew produced his own photographic work, entering the British Hairdressing Hall of Fame in 1987.

In the 1990s, Andrew won the British Hairdresser of the Year twice and launched his hair-care range, Andrew Collinge Salon Solutions. An excellent decade was capped off by Andrew winning the Grand AIPP Trophy, the first British Hairdresser to be presented the award by the Mondial Coiffure de Beaute in Paris.

The 1990s and 2000s saw the salon group, now called Andrew Collinge, expand into Chester and Manchester.

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Present Day

Today, there are six Andrew Collinge salons, two Graduate salons and a Training School. The group's flagship salon opened in 2005 on Castle Street in Liverpool, and in 2008 it was voted UK Salon of the Year by HAIR magazine. The company also have a salon situated within the prestigious department store Selfridges & Co, Trafford Centre, Manchester.

The Andrew Collinge Creative Team represent the company at major hairdressing events – most recently at the 2015 Alternative Hairshow at the Albert Hall in London. In February 2017, the team was on stage at Pro Hair Live at Manchester Central.

Over the years, members of the Creative Team have either individually or collectively been recognised as winners and nominees at the British Hairdresser of the Year Awards. Their creative work is often featured in UK and International magazines.

A premium new product range has recently been launched. CO by Andrew Collinge is a professional performance styling range and is available from our salons and website. CO by Andrew Collinge is a collaboration between clients and stylists, drawing from years of experience.

With Peter as Life President and Andrew as Creative Director and Chairman, the company is today being managed by Charlie Collinge, Wilfred's great grandson. Charlie joined the company as Managing Director in April 2015. His background is in design and retailing.

With Charlie's experience and knowledge, together with the dedicated and talented teams within the Andrew Collinge group, the company is set up for an exciting future.

Training

To keep the salon stylists up to date with trends and techniques, Peter opened the Peter Collinge Hair Study Centre in Liverpool. The training salon also offered short bespoke private courses to visiting hairdressers from other salons throughout the UK.

In 1984, with training still very much in mind, the company was invited to become a Government Management Agent for Vocational Training. The initial training programme, known as Youth Training, was set up by Hazel Collinge and was soon recognised as the benchmark for NVQ training hairdressing.

Shortly following this, the company opened a Graduates salon. This new salon concept was the brainchild of Peter and Hazel and allowed apprentices in their third year to work in a stand-alone salon whilst being prepared for a position in the main salons.

Today, Andrew Collinge Training, under the direction of Peter and Hazel's daughter, Sarah Collinge, continues to deliver NVQ training to over 200 apprentices from 110 local salons in our two training schools in Birkenhead and Liverpool.

In their last inspection in 2007, Andrew Collinge Training received their third consecutive Grade 1 'Outstanding' achievement from Ofsted. This prompted the then Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Education, Christine Gilbert, to say “I wholeheartedly congratulate Andrew Collinge Training on their success and hard work in delivering such high standards for their trainees, excellence does not happen by chance. The support and expertise which Andrew Collinge trainees can count on really helps to inspire and challenge these young people into becoming some of the most talented hairdressers in the country. There is no reason why all apprenticeships and work-based learning can’t be outstanding and I hope Andrew Collinge will be a source of inspiration to others".

Company Timeline

1910 Wilfred Collinge starts his training in barbering at Browns, Cambridge Arcade, Southport.
 
1920 Following fighting in the First World War, Wilfred joins the Merchant Navy ships barber on board the Apapa. For the next 20 years he sails regularly in and out of the port of Liverpool to the west coast of Africa.
 
1940 Wifred and Molly Collinge open a barbers called Collinges.
 
1942 At the age of 14, Peter Collinge takes up a hairdressing apprenticeship with Symonds on Bold Street, Liverpool.
 
1945 Peter follows in his fathers footsteps by going to sea. He works in the hairdressing salon on the Cunard flagship liner the Mauretania – at that time a commissioned troop carrier returning troops and service personnel home from around the world following the Second World War.
 
1946 After the war, the Mauretania was restored to her former glory as a luxury Trans-Atlantic liner. Peter was invited to stay and joined the team in the ship’'s hair and beauty salon.
 
1948 Peter returns to Liverpool and works in his parents' salon. Around this time he starts to enter hairdressing competitions in the UK and Europe.
 
1951 First Peter Collinge salon opens, Church St , Liverpool.
 
1952 Peter is invited to join the Fellowship for British Hairdressing. One of eight members.
 
1974 Andrew joins the West Kirkby salon on the Wirral.
Peter elected President of the Fellowship for British Hairdressing.
Peter Collinge Training Academy opens.
 
1975 Andrew moves to London to undertake his hairdressing apprenticeship at Michaeljohn.
 
1984
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Andrew wins North West Hairdresser of the Year at the British Hairdressing Awards three years consecutively.
 
1987 Andrew enters the British Hairdressing Hall of Fame.
 
1988 Andrew and Liz appear on the newly launched daytime TV show This Morning. They go on to become the regular hair and make-up team on the show, completing over 500 makeovers the during the next 10 years.
 
1993 Andrew wins British Hairdresser of the Year.
Andrew Collinge Salon Solutions product range launched.
 
1996 Andrew elected President of the Fellowship for British Hairdressing.
 
1997 Andrew wins British Hairdresser of the Year for a second time.
Andrew and Liz open Make Over Studio in Harrods, London.
 
2000 Andrew is the first British Hairdresser to win the AIPP Grand Trophy.
Andrew styles the hair of Sophie Rhys-Jones on the occasion of her marriage to HRH Prince Edward.
 
2005 Andrew Collinge flagship salon opens on Castle Street, Liverpool. Today the salon is firmly established as one of the finest in the UK.
 
2008 Castle Street salon voted Salon of the year by HAIR magazine.
 
2008 Liz and Andrew are invited by Autumn Kelly to look after her hair and make-up on the occasion of her marriage to Peter Phillips, the Queen’s eldest grandson.
 
2009 Andrew Collinge Graduates salon opened on Bold Street, Liverpool.
 
2010 Andrew Collinge Training has become one of the most recognised training providers in the UK. Gaining Beacon Status from Ofsted.
 
2015 Charlie Collinge, Andrew's son joins the company as Managing director.
 
2016 CO by Andrew Collinge, a new styling range, is launched by the company.