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#FG Love Stories!

Greg and Amy Corbett - Francesco Group Walsall

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10 February, 2022


#FG Love Stories!

FG Love Stories

LOVE IS IN THE HAIR!



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When we talk about the #FGFamily, we really do mean it! Many of our salons are run by successful partners who share a life together as well as a business.

We spoke to a handful of our Francesco Group couples to find out if love really is in the ‘hair’!




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Greg and Amy Corbett - Francesco Group Walsall

Greg & Amy

What came first: business or love?

Amy  –  We met when we were both working at the FG Wolverhampton salon and had a secret relationship for a couple of years before Greg moved on to work at FG Newport. It wasn’t until years later that we officially partnered together as joint Franchisees of the business, so I would say love first.


What’s your best advice for balancing your work and relationship?

Greg  –  I actually think the fact that we do the same job really helps us to balance work and our relationship, as you always have a sounding board and someone who understands the same problems that you have. We make a rule to try and not talk about work when we have a holiday so we can enjoy our time together as a family and we always have eachothers back, even if we disagree.


What are the main advantages to working with your partner?

Amy  –  The best thing about working with your partner is having a sounding board and someone to bounce off that is coming to the business from the same perspective; it can also be quite fun at work as we have a joke with each other and try to bring the staff and clients in on it.


What’s the most challenging thing about working with your partner?

Greg  –  The Challenge of working with your partner is that you never truly turn off. Both of us can be doing work-related things into the night at home and sometimes you realise all you have talked about all day is the salon.


What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?

Amy  –  Valentine’s Day plans for us…. we don’t really celebrate on the day, but he might buy me some flowers! Or maybe we’ll go out for a meal with the kids in tow at the weekend!


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Sarah and Paul - Francesco Group Telford

Sarah & Paul

What came first: business or love?

Sarah  –  Not a romantic answer but Business! Before dating apps were a mainstream part of dating you had to just go for it! I spotted Paul at the Gym; he was running his own Personal Training business and he offered to train me. Over a year our friendship then turned into a relationship. Paul even said at our Wedding that I paid him to be my friend!

I completed my L3 Apprenticeship during the year we met and Paul supported me in setting up my own business as a mobile hairdresser.

Our personal lives changed when we became parents 7 years ago. Becoming a parent was a new challenge and our focus shifted to providing a stable future for our daughter and finding a work life balance. This is when I decided to become a Franchisee of Francesco Group Telford and Paul joined me to support the smooth running of Front of House and by my side for business planning. The last few years in particular have been a rollercoaster ride! However, myself and Paul have made it through together.


What’s your best advice for balancing your work and relationship?

Sarah  –  It can be hard not to talk shop at home! Yet, some of our best plans are made when relaxing over a glass of red. We have a fantastic Team at Telford (our FG Family) and with their support we are able to enjoy our time away from the Salon – knowing that the Salon is in safe hands.


What are the main advantages to working with your partner?

Paul  –  So many great things….we have a lot of fun and enjoy each other’s company.

From a business perspective we are both invested in the success of the Business and being able to talk through plans openly really helps.


What’s the most challenging thing about working with your partner?

Sarah  –  It can be a challenge to switch off when away from the Salon, as I have always been driven by business progression. Paul will tell me to put the phone down and have a break! (This is great advice but don’t tell him I said that!)


What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?

Sarah  –  We don’t celebrate on just one day of the year – we celebrate every day together.

So typical Monday; school run, take away and a movie.


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Mark Izzard and Jonnie - FG Bramhall Love Stories

Mark & Jonnie

Mark opened Francesco Group Bramhall in 2017 and last year his husband Jonnie joined the #FGFamily as a Senior Stylist, whilst also working on the day-to-day running of the business with Mark.


What came first: business or love?

Mark  –  It was love that came first! We met at salon international in 2005; I had just come back from Australia; I was working in London and Jonnie was living in Manchester and running the hairdressing department at City College Manchester. I was demonstrating on stage for Goldwell and we met at the hotel afterwards. I saw him at the bar, and it was love at first sight. I asked the model I was working with to give him my number as I was too shy!


What’s your best advice for balancing your work and relationship?

Mark  –  Having clear boundaries and roles in the salon works well for us. Jonathan takes charge at home with my support and I take charge in the salon with Jonathan’s support. After 15 years together and in a civil partnership for 6 years, we know each other’s boundaries well and respect each other’s decisions.


What are the main advantages to working with your partner?

Jonnie  –  The support we give each other and having someone who is as invested in the business as you are. Our strengths and weaknesses balance each other out well to create a strong team.


What’s the most challenging thing about working with your partner?

Jonnie  –  Keeping work and home separate and not letting work take over.


What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?

Mark  –  A bottle of champagne and spending time together. We are not huge Valentine’s people as we celebrate our anniversary of meeting early in February and our Civil Partnership anniversary in March. We tend to make sure we spend time together regularly throughout the year, I get so busy with work and I work away a lot, so we need to make sure we spend quality time together.


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Mia and Yogi - Francesco Group Love Stories

Mia & Yogi

Mia & Yogi are on our board of directors; daughter of Francesco Dellicompagni, Mia is used to intertwining business and family! When Yogi joined the business, it was the perfect fit.


What came first: business or love?

Yogi  –  Business came first believe it or not, I was working as a consultant for a software company and was asked to represent them at Francesco Group Awards in 2004 as they were a sponsor and FG were clients. I remember meeting Mia through some friends whilst having a drink at the bar! It was a fantastic awards night and the next day I had the opportunity to contact Mia directly and love certainly followed. When I went to meet her on a date and saw her again, it was “WOW”, my first reaction was that Mia was absolutely beautiful and stunning! 15 years later and Mia is still as beautiful and an incredible person, I am such a lucky guy!


What’s your best advice for balancing your work and relationship?

Mia  –  I’m still trying to work that one out! Yogi is better than me and switches off readily. Patience and strong communication are key.

Yogi  –  This is really tough, as not only do we live together, we work together and share an office! Sometimes it is difficult to completely switch off as we are both engrossed in what we do and are passionate about the business. We live in a great part of the country, so on occasion we remove ourselves from the office and take a walk along the beach and just chat. It’s often where our best ideas come. We have started 2019 by walking to work, which is really a great way to start the day and it makes our days much more productive.


What are the main advantages to working with your partner?

Yogi  –  We are on the same page, we trust each other; we do have disagreements, however we share the same vision, so we are able to sort out our differences eventually!

Mia  –  We both have full understanding on each other’s pressures and recognise when we need to pick each other up, it’s also great we can enjoy each other’s achievements and help to motivate each other… we both get IT!


What’s the most challenging thing about working with your partner?

Yogi  –  Definitely forgetting to switch off sometimes and enjoying our family, we are very blessed to have two wonderful children Rocco and Latika.

Mia  –  It’s hard when one of us can’t switch off from work, but we make sure we frequently have family time!


What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?

Yogi  –  There is nothing better that cooking a lovely meal at home and chatting over a glass of wine, as I have the best company and don’t need a fancy restaurant! Mia would probably disagree!

Mia  –  I’m hoping it’s better than last year’s Tesco Finest range! We will be sharing it with our two beautiful children.


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Kerry and Judy - FG Love Stories

Judy & Kerry

Kerry and Judy have been involved with FG since 1981, becoming Franchisees in 1984, with the ownership of Francesco Group Church Lane.


What came first: business or love?

Judy  –  Kerry and I met 40 years ago this year! We were both working for Steiners on board the Canberra – Kerry as a Stylist and me as Beauty Therapist. He joined FG in April 1981 and we got married in the July. We bought the salon in August 1984 and have always been in partnership with the business, but I didn’t join the team as Front of House until 2001.


What’s your best advice for balancing your work and relationship?

Judy  –  Lots of people thought we wouldn’t be able to work together, but it has never been a problem – mainly because Kerry was quite happy to say to the staff “Judy is the boss”! They all know that we discuss everything – they’ve never been able to play one of us against the other!


What are the main advantages to working with your partner?

Kerry  –  : I think we have done this for so long now that we couldn’t imagine anything else! It also works because we are not in each other’s way – we both do different jobs and as we have gotten older, we do less hours so we’re not together every day!


What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?

Judy  –  We have no plans for Valentine’s Day as the weekend after we are going to Tom Kerridge’s Restaurant – The Hand and Flowers in Marlowe. We can’t wait!


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Paul and Saranne - FG Love Stories

Paul & Saranne

Both Paul and Saranne began their careers at Francesco Group Streetly and in 2012 they took ownership of the salon.


What came first: business or love?

Paul  –  We first met when I was a client at the Streetly salon and Saranne was an apprentice, but our relationship didn’t start until years later when we were at a hair show in Paris!


What are the main advantages to working with your partner?

Paul  –  I get to spend nearly every day with my best friend.

Saranne  –  I get to see his handsome face all the time!


What’s the most challenging thing about working with your partner?

Paul  –  Learning to switch off. There is always work to do, so you can both end up burning the candle at both ends.

Saranne  –  Trying not to bring work home with you. In our job the business side of things is hard to fit in to your day, so we can end up staying up working until late.


What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?

Saranne  –  Chinese takeaway and Netflix. Same as every year!


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Rich & Kate

Rich and Kate have worked together at Francesco Group’s Head Office for the past 8 years, Kate as PA to our Director of Hairdressing, Anya Dellicompagni and Rich as Head of Design in the Marketing team.


What came first: business or love?

Rich  –  Love! We met at Primary School, age 5, but didn’t get together until we were at high school.

Kate  –  Love! We were childhood sweethearts. Rich and I have grown up together – we lived on the same housing estate and attended the same Primary School, High School and College. It all started with a short romance at 15.


What’s your best advice for balancing your work and relationship?

Rich  –  We work in the same office but have vastly different roles. We don’t take too much work home, we leave it at the office with any other challenges overcome during the day.

Kate  –  We sometimes talk about work too much but try and leave ‘work’ at work.


What are the main advantages to working with your partner?

Rich  –  If it’s raining, rather than cycling to work, I can start a bit later and get a lift!

Kate  –  We get to car share and he buys me lunch if I’ve forgotten mine! As we both work in the same building, we understand the pressures at Head Office and are able to support each other. We both take pride in our work and are quite particular in what we do. We have this ‘internal’ challenge to try and spot mistakes in each other’s work!


What’s the most challenging thing about working with your partner?

Rich  –  Nothing really. As long as you can leave home life at home.

Kate  –  We are both quite outspoken, so it is sometimes challenging when our opinions clash.


What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?

Kate  –  I will leave it in the capable hands of Rich to organise something super romantic! (Probably catching up on Coronation Street with a chippy tea!)

Rich  –  A nice meal out somewhere followed by a movie at the new Stafford Odeon.


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Matt and Jill Carey - FG Love Stories

Matt & Jill

Matt has been with Francesco Group for 21 years, taking ownership of Francesco Group Nantwich 19 years ago. His wife Jill joined him as a salon partner in 2017.


What came first: business or love?

Jill  –  Matt and I met in a pub, I was on a night out with Jacky from Francesco Group, Hanley and she introduced us. I can’t say it was love at first sight, I had enjoyed too much red wine that night and couldn’t remember exchanging numbers!


What’s your best advice for balancing your work and relationship?

Matt  –  Don’t get too upset about the small stuff, in some ways it’s a blessing to work together and we both feel fortunate for the flexibility it gives us in terms of planning family holidays and childcare arrangements.


What are the main advantages to working with your partner?

Jill  –  We are both looking towards the same goals and we are able to communicate the business needs on a regular basis, we both have the same end in mind and we know exactly what we need to do to achieve it!


What’s the most challenging thing about working with your partner?

Matt  –  The challenges are not taking work home, it’s a tough one when it’s your own business and I would like to say we shut off at home…but it’s often not the case!


What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?

Jill  –  Matt may cook me a meal which would be a rare occasion! He is however a romantic and always gets me flowers and chocolates, what more could a girl ask for?!


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Anthony & Zoe

Anthony and Zoe have owned Francesco Group Westbourne for 13 years, the salon where they originally met.


What came first: business or love?

Anthony  –  Business! We both worked in the Westbourne salon as stylists. We then left to go travelling around the world for 15 months.

Zoe  –  When we came back Anthony worked in the Bournemouth salon and I went back to work in the Westbourne salon. After 7 years the then Franchisee, Jacky approached us to buy it off her as she wanted to retire. We have now been Franchising it for 13 years.


What’s your best advice for balancing your work and relationship?

Anthony  –  Have great friends and family around you, have your own outside interests & hobbies and know when to stop talking shop!


What are the main advantages to working with your partner?

Anthony  –  Seeing so much of them!

Zoe  –  Working and being in business with someone you completely trust and knowing each other’s strengths and weaknesses.


What’s the most challenging thing about working with your partner?

Anthony  –  Talking shop 24/7 and taking work home with you every night.


What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?

Zoe  –  Working, plus a bottle of fizz accompanied with seafood.


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