Go on, try us...!

×
  • Hair
  • Education
  • Careers
  •  
    • »  HOME
    •   »  
    • BLOG
    •   »  
    • Salons
    •   »  
    • Where Strong Family Values are the Key to Success!

    Francesco Hair Salon Northwich Team Outside Salon

    Salons - 16 October 2023

    Read time - 6 mins

    Where Strong Family Values are the Key to Success!

    Francesco Hair Salon is renowned for its strong family values and Loretta’s salon in Northwich certainly supports that ethos; in 2009 Loretta’s Husband, Allan joined the team as Front of House Manager, shortly followed by her Daughter, Nicola as a salon Stylist who has more recently moved into the Salon Manager role.

    We spoke to Loretta about her history with Francesco Hair Salon and why opening her salon with us was the ideal choice.

    Francesco Hair Salon Northwich - Loretta Davis

    Loretta Davies – Francesco Hair Salon Northwich

    Why did you choose to open your salon with Francesco Hair Salon?

    I began my career with Francesco Hair in the Northwich salon, originally as a Master Colour Expert, but then I got to the stage in my career where I wanted to progress and own my own business. I liked Francesco Hair Salon because of all of the training and the support I received whilst working for my Salon Director and that’s what made me think that the group would be ideal for me. I felt I needed that business support from them, certainly in the early years. I just like Francesco Hair Salon! It’s a very friendly company, not pretentious; ideal for someone who is passionate about hairdressing and wants to do well. I was never made to feel like I couldn’t do it, I was completely supported by everyone.

    How do you keep your team happy?

    The main framework for the business is looking after the team; I minimise my turnover because I want my team to stay and be happy. I have a lot of senior team members who bring experience and maturity to the salon, as well as the younger members, which creates the perfect balance. It’s important to view each member of your team as an individual with individual needs. We do lots of things to support them in their home-life as well as work-life, ensuring that there’s an equilibrium. I think we’re an extended family.  For example we once took them to Magaluf on a three-night stay and we didn’t talk about work, we just got on as a team and chilled out and bonded! It took us to another level of communication, we laughed together so much!

    Francesco Hair Salon Northwich Reception

    Francesco Hair Salon Northwich

    What makes Francesco Hair Salon a better business option over opening an independent salon?

    The support at Head Office, especially in the early years. I’d say for the first 5 years of being a Salon Director you need that support and guidance. You wouldn’t get that if you were an independent, it would be quite a lonely place. As the business grows, you don’t need the Head Office team as much as you once did. You are given the space to run the business as you would like to, which is a bonus. Yes, we pay for royalties, but the Group’s buying power when it comes to manufacturers gives us added benefits. An independent salon wouldn’t get the amount of training we get, you’d pay more for a wages clerk and pay more for your accountant. So, I think it balances it out and you’ve got this great network of other Salon Directors too, so we get to know each other and ask for advice and information, you never feel alone with your problems. 

    We set a standard across the salon and that is expected from everybody who works with us!



    What do you do that sets you apart from other salons?

     If I asked that question to my team, I think that they would say that it’s the customer service we offer. The hairdressing side is a given, or it should be. If you’re working for a brand salon like this, you should be offering top service. It’s the difference between Tesco and Waitrose for me; when you walk into a store like Selfridges or Harvey Nicks you should be served by people who are well versed in their industry, they’ve got to have the knowledge and not be uncertain. I feel that Allan and I have set a standard that is expected from everybody who works with us. It’s the little things that matter to a client; it’s the nice drink, it’s the clean salon, it’s being made to feel special every time you come in; it’s got to be absolutely spot on. Clients say to me “I never feel the same when I leave another salon as I do when I leave yours”, “When I leave this salon I feel like a princess”. That’s when I see the hard work paying off.

    You’ve got to strive to be the best, to stay on top. It’s important to never grow stagnant and always be looking for what’s new and fresh to keep striving towards improvements for staff and clients alike. If you’re going to chat, chat to your client, make sure they are completely involved in the salon experience. I view our salon as their salon too and I think that’s what helps us to grow. I believe Francesco Hair Salon is the best salon Group in the country for standards and what we deliver. 

    Francesco Hair Salon Northwich - Nicola Hopley

    Nicola Hopley – Francesco Hair Salon Northwich

    What is one thing you wish you had been told before embarking on a professional career running your own salon?

    It’s important to know that you can never switch off; once you have your own company it’s not something you can step away from. You will always have phone-calls from staff if things go wrong, you will always be the number one contact. I felt prepared for that because I grew up with a family who ran their own businesses, but it’s certainly something to keep in mind before you take the leap! You will never really have a day off!

    Client retention is also so important, we try to ensure that each client has a back-up stylist that they go to, so that if a stylist leaves, the client knows there is someone else who can do their hair just as well. We view client retention as something that the whole team is responsible for.  

    Francesco Hair Salon Northwich

    Francesco Hair Salon Northwich

    What is your favourite part of the job?

    I’m starting to like the background business side more. I do still have a full column and work the same hours as everybody else, but I fit the business side in-between that. I would like more time to be able to do staff incentives and different things in the salon. I’ve never been as interested in the competitions side of the industry; I prefer to focus on the business and managing the team. I like mapping out the client experience and improving it.

    What are the core principles & values of your salon and have they changed over the years?

    When I started running my own salon I knew that the most important thing was my team and my clientele. I view my team as the first row of clients, it’s about looking after them and in return they will look after the clients. If my staff are happy, they will ensure that clients have the pampering experience that they deserve. This ethos hasn’t changed at all; it remains my leading priority. 

    More recently, Loretta and the team at Northwich have fully embraced Francesco Hair Salons new era and undergone a beautiful renovation that oozes Italian Heritage. 

    It is clear that Loretta is always striving for improvement and this desire to always be better, paired with strong family values and a loyal team, ensures that her salon will always be one of the best.

    Find out more…

    Contact Francesco Hair Salon Northwich to book in for a bespoke consultation today…

    Wella Professionals

    Express Colour Menu

    Elevate the vibrancy of your hair colour in a matter of minutes with our express colour services. Just add to your Cut & Blow Dry... and prepare to turn heads!

    VIEW THE COLOUR MENU
    Wella Professionals

    YOUR ULTIMATE GUIDE TO

    Hair Treatments

    Everyday hair concerns, we've got you covered! Upgrade your visit today with our highly effective and indulgent Treatments...

    VIEW THE GUIDE

    Get the App!

    Book your appointments effortlessly! Choose your stylist & service at the time you want, with just a few taps!

    Get the App on Google Play
    >

    By downloading our app you agree to our Francesco Hair Salon T's & C's




    Categories:

    Comments are closed







    Wella Professionals

    Express Colour Menu

    Elevate the vibrancy of your hair colour in a matter of minutes with our express colour services. Just add to your Cut & Blow Dry... and prepare to turn heads!

    VIEW THE COLOUR MENU
    Wella Professionals

    YOUR ULTIMATE GUIDE TO

    Hair Treatments

    Everyday hair concerns, we\'ve got you covered! Upgrade your visit today with our highly effective and indulgent Treatments...

    VIEW THE GUIDE

    Get the App!

    Book your appointments effortlessly! Choose your stylist & service at the time you want, with just a few taps!
    Only available at South Coast Salons.

    Get the App on Google Play
    >

    By downloading our app you agree to our Francesco Hair Salon T's & C's