Our Company Timeline

1981 Parsons Hair and Beauty is established in Church Walk, Peterborough by newly-weds Chris and Tina Parsons
1982 Tina and Chris have a baby girl – Alexa
1983 Tina starts part-time teaching at Peterborough Regional College
1984 Chris opens second salon in Westgate Arcade, Peterborough
1985 Tina helps set up Beauty dept at Peterborough Regional College
1986 Tina runs first full time Beauty courses at Peterborough Regional College
1987 Alexa starts school and Tina teaches full time
1988 A seed of an idea is sown around the kitchen table with friends
1989 The seed grows into Burghley Academy – the house is transformed into a training school
1990 Church Walk salon closes to concentrate on Burghley Academy. Changed name of Westgate salon to Cheveux
1991 Burghley Academy is taking over our lives – we share a bathroom with the students’ wet room and a kitchen with the students’ common room
1992 A Beauty Salon is introduced at Burghley Academy – we are running out of living space. Chris has to go to the gym on his day off as there is nowhere for him at home
1993 Burghley Academy takes over the whole house and the family move out into rented accommodation
1994 Hard work and long hours
1995 More hard work and longer hours
1996 Amalgamate all parts of the business into Burghley Academy and move lock stock and barrel (against all advice) to city centre location in Cumbergate. We take on more staff. Family move back to the house
1997 We work hard to prove all advice wrong
1998 Tina becomes Community Therapist of the Year
1999 We celebrate ten years of Burghley Academy with an anniversary ball and as we dance the night away with staff and students, we realise that the hard work is indeed worth it. Furthermore, we win a Regional National Training Award
2000 Burghley Academy has a new lease of life, providing training for the next generation as Alexa leaves school and studies NVQ Levels 2 & 3 Beauty Therapy. We win a National Training Award
2001 Burghley Academy wins not one, but two business awards for customer care and training and are awarded Investors in People. Alexa starts working as a part-time therapist
2002 Tina’s first book is published – An Holistic Guide to Anatomy & Physiology. Alexa goes full time and Burghley Academy training moves to Keebles Chambers. The salon takes over the whole of Cumbergate and we take on more staff
2003 Tina’s second book is published – An Holistic Guide to Reflexology. We are invited to become Prince’s Trust Business Mentors. Built a Tree House in the garden for Tina to write
2004 Tina’s third book is published – An Holistic Guide to Massage. Alexa gets married and starts teaching at Burghley Academy which has taken on the adjacent building at Keebles Chambers and more staff
2005 Burghley Academy becomes a family business – Alexa joins the company as junior partner and opens a salon in St. Neots
2006 Tina completes a new writing project and the Anatomy & Physiology interactive CD Rom is published
2007 Alexa gives birth to Lola–Violet. The next generation of beauty therapists? Burghley Academy sponsors local Women of Achievement Awards and The Anatomy and Physiology Workbook is published to complement the CD Rom
2008 Burghley Academy St. Neots is sold to an ex-student and employee and Cumbergate gets a facelift and a new Burghley Academy website
2009 20 years of Burghley Academy
2010 Lots of hard work
2011 Tina’s first book for general release is published in October – The Beauty Chronicles to rave reviews.
2012 Tina wins the prestigious FHT Tutor of the Year award presented at their 50th anniversary gala dinner. Alexa makes her TV debut on Come Dine With Me. Viewers see her massaging one of the contestants.
2013 A new look, a new website and increased social media focus. Accepted by Best of Peterborough.
2014 Alexa becomes a finalist for prestigious Professional Beauty Awards – Beauty Therapist of the Year.
2014 Introduction of Hairdressing Training.
2015 launch of B Skincare professional range
2015 Burghley Level 3 students take over Facebook with amazing social media success.
2015 Plans for a move!
2016 Alexa finalist in Professional Beauty Therapist of the Year
2016 Big Burghley Move! New chapter with a Grand opening of new premises by Mayor and Mayoress of Peterborough
2016 B Skincare retail launch to include 9 products and 3 candles
2016 Student garden party
2017 Regional Finalists in the L’Oreal Colour Trophy
2017 Alexa winner of the Women Leaders UK Emerging Leader award