Francesco Group Derby are a luxury boutique hairdressing and beauty salon located on Iron Gate in the Cathedral Quarter. The salon is owned by business partners Chris Halls and Oliver Stephenson.

Oliver said “Our vision is to create a relaxed, social, and non-judgemental experience. Team Colours are applied at the colour bar where guests can enjoy a complimentary drink from the gin & prosecco bar, sample the pick & mix and enjoy the social experience.”

When Chris spotted that the unit he trained in as an apprentice was available, he jumped at the opportunity to re-locate the salon, formerly of Victoria Street. The space has been completely transformed into a stylish new boutique salon, blending reclaimed materials with industrial chic furniture. Chris and Oliver both have more than 12 years experience in the hairdressing sector. Chris has a sharp eye for business having completed his Business Management degree, while Oliver boasts an expert knowledge in colour having previously worked as an educator for Wella Professional.

Chris said “We have formed a great partnership where each of us can use our knowledge and skills as strengths within the salon. Oliver takes care of all thing hair related, freeing me up to focus on the operational side of the business.”

Francesco Group is a winner of the Training Award at the British Hairdressing Awards. Oliver said “Investment in young hairdressers is an essential part of our business plan. We want to get young people excited about the possibilities open to them and to be proud of their profession.”

Francesco Group Derby have recently converted to become a L’Oreal Professional Portfolio Salon allowing them to stock the prestigious Kérastase brand. Chris said “Making the move to L’Oreal feels like a natural fit for our brand and the direction we are taking our business.”

Chris and Oliver are inviting all new guests to experience the new salon at 50% off. Appointments can be made online at, via instagram @francescogroupderby or on 01332 340532.