Over 50 years ago in 1963 the first Scissors salon was opened in Westbourne which was the beginning of what is now one of the largest and most successful salon groups in the Dorset/Hampshire area.
From those early years in Westbourne, Scissors went on to open salons in Ferndown, Bournemouth, New Milton, Poole, and Winton. In 2008 Scissors was acquired by Francesco Group who continued the growth with 2 new salons opening in Ringwood and most recently Christchurch.
The story of the Francesco Group began in 1968 when Frank (Francesco) Dellicompagni took a step up from running his original Francesco Group from ‘Francesco’s van’ and opened his first salon in Stafford. Later in the 1970’s Peter Dellicompagni, Frank’s brother joined the Group and together they built the Francesco Group brand to be one of the largest hairdressing franchises in the UK.
In 1983 they decided to begin franchising and the business grew incredibly over the coming years opening a total of 32 salons across the Midlands, from Chester to Derby, to Cheltenham.
Francesco Group also have 4 training academies and are now one of the largest private hairdressing training providers in the UK, winning a National “Training Award” at the 2014 British Hairdressing Business Awards and prioritise a high level of training for all learners, ensuring that hairdressing standards are maintained on the salon floor.
In September 2013 Francesco Group appointed Yogi Parmar as the Managing Director of Scissors. Along with direction and support from Francesco Group, Yogi focused on opening a training academy in the South. With a large investment of around £100,000, the Poole Training Academy was opened in September 2014 under the Francesco Group brand.
The Francesco Group Academy in Poole now offers apprentices in the southern region a different choice for hairdressing training rather than the normal college facilities and boasts a huge range of new and innovative career choices in the hairdressing industry.
The Academy is open to all levels of students, with an Ofsted Outstanding status coming from the partnership with Francesco Group. The Academy is overseen by the Director of Hairdressing for Francesco Group who is Frank Dellicompagni’s daughter, Mia Dellicompagni. Mia has a passion and to motivate, stimulate and encourage all the learners that come through the door – introducing them to a whole new world of hairdressing that is not usually taught in the standard college setting. Her ambition is to see the Academy grow and enhance the levels of all hairdressers that come into the Academy and to steer them into a life-long career where they can express their passions and creativity.
Mia can often be found on photo shoots, behind the scenes of catwalks or educating the best hairdressers in the UK with inspiration and creativity. She heads up a large Creative team which has numerous British Hairdressing Accolades and is very well respected at the top of the hairdressing industry… Her passion is to give hairdressing the recognition it deserves as a career, as she tells us: “An industry worth £6bn that employs around quarter of a million people is something that I’m proud to be part of. The opportunities within hairdressing are endless. Gone are the days where just the less academic were put into colleges to do hair & beauty. Education is the future growth of our business and to educate hairdressers in an environment that operates commercially to a high standard is massively important to me. We cannot just teach from a classroom, we need to teach and demonstrate customer care to a high standard as clients demand this and rightly so! Our large salon facilities allow us to do this.
Having now been in Poole for 8 months, I feel the ‘family of Francesco Group and Scissors’ has become stronger and united and will grow from strength to strength.”