POSTED IN Occasions ON 12 March, 2018
12 Mar Frank’s Family Values
Frank’s Family Values
FRANCESCO GROUP FOUNDER TURNS 70
Our founder Frank Dellicompagni turned 70 this weekend, to celebrate we thought we would share with you his reflections on his long and successful career in the hair industry!
What is unique about FG?
Our strong leadership is one of our most unique qualities. We are passionate and we want to be the best in the craft of hairdressing. That passion runs through our family, as does the belief that the customer always comes first. This filters down to every team member as an integral part of being in this unique family. All members of our family are determined that our business must keep evolving to be the best. This is our ethos.
What made you choose hairdressing?
I was very influenced whilst I was at school in the 1960s, by a quiet revolution
in fashion and music. I bought into the sexy world of hairdressing as a way to
enter the fashion world.
If you had to give advice to a trainee starting out, what would it be?
My first piece of advice would be to practice, practice and practice. I would also tell you to develop your communication skills, it is important to connect with your clients. I’d encourage you to stay in touch with the world of fashion, we are part of the fashion world and it is important to keep up with it. My final point would be to keep your mind & body fit. Due to the physicality of the job it is important to keep healthy by living a healthy lifestyle. So Practice, Communication, Fashion & Fitness, keep these in mind and you will go far.
What motivates you?
Working towards becoming the leading hairdressing brand in the U.K motivates me.
How do you define success?
I do not know how to answer this yet, because I have not yet achieved what I set out to. When we have reached our goal I will know how to define it.
What do you value most in business?
I value having a team around me that cares about our brand and are as passionate as I am about being the best.
Who has been your biggest inspiration, and why?
As a leader I have great admiration for Winston Churchill. He was able to overcome challenges that most people would be unable to comprehend. In fashion I greatly admire Mary Quant, she worked with Vidal Sassoon to create the iconic looks in the 1960s that ignited my passion for hair and fashion.
What has been your proudest career moment?
My proudest moment was when I finished training and after cutting my first client’s hair she immediately booked her next appointment with me. She stayed with me as a client until I retired 55 years later.
What is the most important thing your parents taught you?
They instilled in me a strong work ethic, there was no work start time or finishing time, it was just life.
What is your fondest childhood memory?
Seeing my two younger brothers George & Peter born.
What is your strongest personal quality?
Persistence and a strong resolve to overcome any challenge.
What have others said are your strengths and virtues?
I have never asked anyone. I have a stubborn self-belief and the vision is for all to see.