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Ipswich: Salon stands up for a better profession

09:00 05 April 2014

Francesco Hair Salon in St Matthews Street, Ipswich is now a British Barbers

Francesco Hair Salon in St Matthews Street, Ipswich is now a British Barbers' Assocaition accredited salon. Franco De Lellis with sons Fabio, Ciro and Giovanni

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A `first step’ in the regulation of the hair industry

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Francesco Hair Salon in St Matthews Street, Ipswich has become the first in the town to become accredited by the British Barbers Association.

Hairdressing is one of the few professions where somebody, without qualifications and training, can simply open premisese and begin tradiing.

The accreditation is the first step in trying to regulate the hairdressing industry in the UK, as there are many unqualified and therefore uninsured salons opening up around the UK, as hairdressing is currently unregulated by the law in the UK.

The family business is one of the longest established in Ipswich.

Giovanni De Lellis said: “To become accredited you must provide evidence that the salon is working to the highest standards, that staff are all appropriately qualified and insured, and that health and safety is taken seriously.

Accredited salons will mean that the public will be able to easily identify the professional salons.”

Mike Taylor, BBA director, said: “With the influx of so many unqualified barbers and growth in fly-by-night barber shops, it is important that the public has a means to identify professional barbering enterprises. This is what the BBA Accreditation Scheme provides.”

Franco De Lellis, said, “Not many realise it but you can open a barbers shop tomorrow and offer poor hygiene, inadequate skills, ignore Health and Safety issues and be uninsured.

“This scheme shows that our salon has the right credentials and it supports the professionalisation of barbering. It is good for the public, good for decent barbers and bad for the cowboys. All professional qualified barbers should be a part of it.”

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