The Francesco Group celebrates 50 years

The annual Francesco Group awards night is an annual party but 2019’s bash was bigger than ever as the salon group celebrated half a century in the industry.

Held at The Vox in Birmingham, the evening opened with a fantastic hair show, created by FG Creatives and led by newly-promoted global creative Claire Chell. A showcase of the Group’s creative vision as well as sharing trends for the upcoming year, Claire said the show highlighted the “new trend movements and vision forecast for the next 12 months on a couture and fashion focused level; inspiring every hairdresser at any stage in their career.”

In addition to the Photographic and Business Awards, the evening also celebrated dedication to the company, with nearly 20 of the team awarded long service awards, spanning 15 to 35 years with Francesco Group. Jacky Crosby, franchisee of Francesco Group Hanley, was the recipient of a special award to recognise 35 years of service.

In addition to the incredible achievements of each individual salon and their teams, the evening also emphasised the incredible family values in which the Group has been built upon over the past 50 years. As founders of Francesco Group, Frank and Pete Dellicompagni gave an incredibly emotional speech on stage, where they reflected on the company’s growth: “From Francesco Group’s modest beginnings in a Morris Minor van, to where the Group is today, is outstanding. We really are a team and most importantly, a family,” said Frank.

The final part of the evening was dedicated to rewarding the hard work, determination and  artistic talents within the Group, with both the Business Awards and Photographic Awards.

Winners of the Francesco Group Business Awards 2019: 

Apprentice of the Year
Mackenzie Newlands, Francesco Group Bridle Road

In-Salon Trainer of the Year
Becky-Lou Thornley,  Francesco Group Weeping Cross

Newcomer of the Year
Tom Beale-Burchell, Francesco Group Knowle

Retailer of the Year
Francesco Group Leek

Reception Team of the Year
Francesco Group Northwich

Technical Team of the Year
Francesco Group Knowle

Technician of the Year
Sarah Benson, Francesco Group Newport

Stylist of the Year
Jill Bullard, Francesco Group Newport

Franchisee Stylist of the Year
Lisa Walby, Francesco Group Cheltenham

Top Salon
Francesco Group Northwich

Marissa Crowe, winner of the 2019 Hair Trend Image

Francesco Group Ringwood, winner of the 2019 Editorial Collection 

Drew Udall, winner of the 2019 Colour Image

Winners of the Francesco Group Photographic Awards 2019:

Year 1 Style & Finish
Louise Bedford, Francesco Group Ringwood

Year 2 Commercial Cut & Colour
Simran Kaur, Francesco Group Birmingham Salon & Academy

Year 3 Creative Cut & Colour
Beth Whittall, Francesco Group Telford

Afro Image
Shalani Williams, Francesco Group Knowle

Men’s Image
Danielle Barton-Williams, Francesco Group Knowle

Colour Image
Drew Udall Francesco Group Eccleshall

Hair Trend Image
Marissa Crowe, Francesco Group Walsall

Creative Editorial Collection
Francesco Group Ringwood