PLANT CITY – Paul Granville originally came to America from Warwickshire, England, 13 years ago on a marketing trip. However, when he touched down in the states, his career plan quickly changed. After meeting his cosmetologist wife, Nanette, he decided to also pursue a career in cosmetology. Now, Granville is the successful business owner of Focus 4 Beauty career institute.
“I went to barber school here in America, well in Florida and had a terrible experience in the two schools I went to and that I knew we could do it better. So we sent out a journey of putting the school together” said Granville.
The idea of helping develop people is what originally attracted Granville to pursuing a cosmetology career. He wanted to go beyond teaching aspiring stylists about the fundamentals of cosmetology.
“But he helped me build up my confidence and believed in me when I didn’t believe in myself and wouldn’t even imagine doing this” said Val Thompson, Cosmetology student.
He aims to fill the gaps in their education, and teach them about marketing, personal management, and how to look after themselves.
“Their success is our success,” Granville said. “We need to see them go out into the community and continue to be successful.”
Students at Focus 4 Beauty are appreciative of how Granville goes beyond just preparing them for the state test and take his unique approach in preparing them for life as a stylist.
“I couldn’t ask for a better place to be,” Thompson said.