POSTED IN FG Family ON 10 September, 2020
10 Sep FG’s Pearl – Franchisee Becky Whitehouse Celebrates 30 Years at FG!
FG’S PEARLBecky Whitehouse
Celebrates 30 Years at Francesco Group
Here at Francesco Group, we really believe in helping people to excel and doing everything we can to support them. Franchisee Becky Whitehouse is a perfect example of this, she has gone from Saturday Girl at FG Bridle Road, to Francesco Dellicompagni’s Junior, to owner of one of our most successful salons, Francesco Group Weeping Cross.
We spoke to Becky about her career so far, to celebrate her 30th year with Francesco Group.
How did you become aware of Francesco Group?
Becky – I knew about FG as my Auntie Marg was a mobile hairdresser at the same time as Frank and she knew Helen, who was then the Manager at Bridle Road, where I started as a Saturday girl.
Becky was a Saturday Girl at FG Bridle Road
What’s the secret to running a successful salon?
Becky – I’m not sure there is a secret to running a successful salon! I just love our job as we learn something new every day and I love working with lovely people and creating beautiful haircuts and styles. It’s important to me that we always work as a team in the salon and we make decisions together and learn from each other.
Becky and the Team at FG Weeping Cross
What is your favourite part of the job?
Becky – My favourite part of the job is creating a style for a client and making them feel good about themselves. It is such an amazing feeling, being able to make someone feel beautiful.
Becky and family
What advice would you give to someone wanting to start their own FG salon?
Becky – The best thing about having your own salon is watching your team grow, but you certainly get out what you put in, so you need to be prepared to go that extra mile to be successful. I love having a salon that is part of Francesco Group, as it is nice to know that the FG family is behind you, especially in the last few months with Covid-19. It has meant the world to me, knowing that I’m not alone and that I can pick up the phone to another FG Franchisee or Director at any time.
The FG Weeping Cross Team
What has been your proudest moment in these 30 years?
Becky – I have had so many proud moments at FG! One of the best moments has got to be my time as Frank’s Junior and learning from the master. It was also such a huge honour when Frank asked me to manage FG Weeping Cross after 6 years of working at FG Bridle Road, then watching the salon double in size. I’m also proud that I still take care of clients I’ve had since I was 17. I think the proudest moment for me was when I was off sick during Christmas 2018 after I was diagnosed with a malignant melanoma, I had to have it cut away, which meant a long recovery time. My team fitted in all my clients and their own, whilst still being one of the top salons in the Group. When you have a good team supporting you, you really have it all.
The FG Weeping Cross Team
Our Managing Director Mia Dellicompagni worked alongside Becky for many years at FG Weeping Cross, so we asked her to share what makes Becky such an integral part of Francesco Group.
Becky and I were YTS together (Young fairly Thick and Stupid!) Becky was always my peer and she had the full ingredients to make a fantastic hairdresser, team player and leader. She was always the one to make us laugh and engage with everyone, never leaving anyone out. Everyone warmed to her, she was always approachable, loving, caring with a naughty sense of humour, and she was regularly getting me into mischief!
Her personality is infectious, but with an intense passion applied to whatever she does with 100% effort! Becky has the most endearing ways to always make you feel special and loved, her ability to draw people together and feel part of a family is how I always think of Becks.
I’m not sure if she is aware of this amazing talent, but the modesty and ability to be always humble reflects in her business acumen. Driving an amazing team and consistently pushing the business forward hitting high standards and targets. The amount she does for charity in itself shows the caring side of Becky.
In short, she is one of those people you cannot help but love and want to be around.
Mia Dellicompagni, Francesco Group Managing Director
Congratulations Becky, here’s to another 30 years!
Becky & Matt at FG Weeping Cross