ABC 2023 podcast special: top tips from the experts


Hamilton Fraser’s annual Aesthetics Business Conference (ABC) returned for its sixth year on 19 September 2023, at the iconic grade one listed Royal College of Physicians. Hamilton Fraser launched ABC – the UK’s premier dedicated business conference for aesthetic practitioners - to provide practitioners with the business tools they need to get started in aesthetics and build a successful business, while benefiting from a fantastic networking opportunity with lots of opportunities to interact with industry speakers and likeminded people.

If you couldn’t make it on the day, don’t worry – we’ve put together an ‘ABC 2023 podcast special’ where you can listen to highlights from interviews with all the speakers. You can also watch a video version of the podcast below. Hamilton Fraser will be sharing more insights from the ABC speakers over the coming weeks, and we regularly share top tips from our experts, so subscribe to our YouTube channel to make sure you don’t miss out.

The carefully selected industry speakers never fail to deliver, and this year was no exception. Dr Manav Bawa kicked off the day with his talk on how to start your business.

Followed by Dr Harry Singh, who focused on the patient journey.

Dr Priya Chadha delivered a fantastic talk on training.

And Owen Woods, Head of Marketing at Hamilton Fraser, shared his top tips on marketing for practitioners.

Eddie Hooker, founder and CEO of Hamilton Fraser, imparted his insights on insurance before the focus turned to the major legislative change coming to the sector.

What I wanted to do today is go back to the basics of what Hamilton Fraser is about. Fundamentally, we’ve built our success on providing the right type of insurance for practitioners. I have worried over the years that practitioners have looked at price as the driver, rather than quality and having the right cover. With licensing coming down the road you’re going to need to understand the covers you have so that they are relevant and will get you through the licensing hoops when they come in.”

Eddie Hooker, founder and CEO, Hamilton Fraser

This year’s ABC was the first opportunity for practitioners to learn about the proposed licensing scheme for non-surgical cosmetic procedures, and top licensing barrister, Sarah Clover, delivered an excellent talk on this topic. Sarah was followed by Professor David Sines, who is well known in the sector as Chair of the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP). David gave an insightful talk on the legislative changes coming to the aesthetic sector. There isn’t much David doesn’t know about the new regulations, and during the second half of the day guests had the opportunity learn how to prepare for the changes in the medicolegal session, where David was joined by Sarah and fellow JCCP board members, Diane Hey and Andrew Rankin, as well as Hamilton Fraser’s very own Eddie Hooker. The expert panel provided their advice to guests seeking answers to a range of questions, helping them to navigate the next stage in their aesthetic journey and future proof their practice.

Sponsored by Merz Pharma, ABC 2023 offered up to eight hours of CPD accredited points, knowledgeable speakers and exhibitors with a wide range of expertise in the aesthetic sector, and a champagne reception to round off the day.

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