With increasingly daring celebrity body art on show in the media, coupled with a new trend for tweeting and sharing pictures online, it is little surprise that figures have revealed a boom in the number of tattoo parlours coming to the high street.
According to new data from online business insurance provider, Simply Business, based on over 250,000 quote requests, there has been a 112 per cent increase in tattoo start-ups over the past three years.
Celebrities including Chris Brown, Rhianna and Selena Gomez are among the latest to flaunt their new designs on social media over the last two months. Following the impact of heavily-inked populist predecessors, such as David Beckham, the tattoo trade appears to have undergone a renaissance in recent years.
The tattoo craze has taken Scotland and Greater London by a storm, with insurance quotes for start-up tattoo shops increasing by 388 and 263 per cent respectively between 2009 and 2012. East Anglia and Wales closely follow behind having seen a 197 and 174 per cent increase over the same period.
Jason Stockwood, CEO, Simply Business says: “Using data gleaned from the thousands of businesses that we quote each week, we are able to gain a unique insight and track trends developing on the UK high street. With the social perception of tattoos changing as a result of media, celebrity and fashion trends, it’s good to see the enterprising spirit of entrepreneurs and start-ups shining through as they respond to the evolving demands of the modern consumer.”
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Launched in 2005, Simply Business provides an online brokerage service, delivering policies tailored to individual business requirements. Using the power of tech and data to create the best possible customer experiences, Simply Business employs over 600 people across offices in London, Northampton, and Boston in the US.
Owing to its internal underwriting capability, Simply Business can cover over 1,000 trade types – ranging from plumbers to accountants to dog walkers. An accredited B Corp for their positive social impact, Simply Business has also been voted the Sunday Times Best Company To Work For twice in a row.
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