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Welcome to my black book of beauty industry contacts.

I’ve worked in the beauty industry for 17 years and over that time I have worked with and highly recommend all of the amazing people and companies listed below.

When you contact them, do let them know you discovered them through me.

Loads of indie hugs and love, Rachel xxxx

AMAZON STRATEGIST

Fuel For Amazon

We help brands grow their business on Amazon

Amazon is changing Retail and brands need to control their marketplace presence. Fuel for Amazon supports clients in successfully launching their brands and growing and controlling their presence with the world’s leading retailer in all its major marketplaces – the UK, Germany, France, Italy and Spain, as well as in the USA and Australia.

Fuel for Amazon is part of Fuel PR International, the London based multi-award winning marketing communications agency. Since 1996, Fuel has specialised in supporting clients with intelligent, high profile and compelling brand building campaigns which deliver impact and success. We work with ambitious, forward-thinking national and international clients to enhance positioning, reputation and appeal.

Fuel for Amazon’s sector focus is aligned with Fuel PR’s long-standing experience and expertise in the Beauty (Hair, Grooming, Nails, Fragrances, Indie Brands), Health & Personal Care (Pharma, OTC, VMS, Natural/Complementary), Food, Drink & Nutrition, Baby & Infant Care and Sports Nutrition & Fitness categories.

The wonderful team at Fuel took the time to guest on an episode of Indie Beauty TV.

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BRAND AND RETAIL EXPERT

WIZZ&CO 

Wizz is a brand and retail expert. After heading up beauty buying at Selfridges she started a strategy business to help innovative brands to stand out and get noticed by buyers and customers

It is the cross-pollination of ideas between independent and established brands that fuels her knowledge of business growth. Clients include online retailers, beauty tech companies, global and indie brands. She has the unique opportunity of being able to help brands at all stages of their development

Wizz is a regular industry speaker having spoken internationally at The Future Laboratory, Cosmetics Business Live, Natural and Organic Show, Stamegna Retail and Enterprise Nation. Topics include: Indie versus legacy brands: who will survive, Building beauty brands, Retail and beauty trends.

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BRAND DESIGN AGENCY

Aligned Design Co

Aligned Design Co. is a brand design studio specialising in creating intentional, beautiful brand identities and packaging for inspired businesses.

Since 2015 they have worked with some phenomenal beauty clients in the UK and internationally, on full brand and packaging design projects, website creation, illustration, photography and more. At the heart of everything is Creative Director Nancy Poller’s passion and enthusiasm for transforming businesses with exceptional design.

As a trusted Vendor with Beauty Independent, Aligned Design Co. are perfectly placed to understand your unique needs as a beauty entrepreneur and work with you to create the brand your products deserve.

Nancy joined me on Indie Beauty TV to talk about choosing your brand colours

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BRAND EDUCATION MANAGEMENT 

Ai Beauty Consultancy

Arif is a highly experienced and skilled global educator with over 12 years of experience, working across omnichannel and multiple brand platforms. Recognised as top in the field, Arif expertly analyses brands strategy, creating education platforms to grow brand visibility alongside sales potential.

Over his many years he has worked in partnership with multiple brands in the beauty sector from Makeup, Skincare, Fragrance, Hair care and Nail care, working alongside and training major retailers such as Harrods, Selfridges, Liberty Of London, Fortnum and Masons, Harvey Nichols, JLP, House Of Fraser, Sephora, QVC, Hut Group and Space NK to name a few.

Arif created Ai Beauty Training for his love of Niche brands and wanted to help smaller brands achieve their huge potential. Wavering heavy full times employee fees, Ai Beauty Training offers flexibility to reflect the needs of the niche business – whether one day per month or five, working on creating a training plan, structure or on field and store visit support; Ai Beauty Training can be catered to all flexibilities, leading to innovative education solutions that can add value and impact to your business.

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BUSINESS SUPPORT AND ADVICE

Enterprise Nation

Enterprise Nation is a vibrant community of small businesses and business advisers that exist to shortcut your route to trusted business support.

Whether you’re starting or growing a business, we have the resources, expertise, and connections to help you get it right.

Access support at a selection of events held up and down the UK, or online via a dynamic platform that gets you to answers and advisers fast.

Watch out for their Wellness and Beauty Exchange – live events designed specifically for our industry.
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CONTRACT MANUFACTURERS

One of the most crucial parts of launching an indie brand is manufacturing.

This is not only where you get to see your ideas come to life, it is also the stage of delivering these expectations to your customers. Here, every detail counts! From emulsifiers to the packaging, every piece of the plan has a purpose towards achieving your vision. Keeping up with all these details can be challenging.

That’s why Croda, in partnership with Lion Spirit Media,  created an exclusive eBook “Everything You Need to Know About Working with Contract Manufacturers.”

If you are looking for a seamless manufacturing experience, download the eBook by clicking the image below ,it’s packed with information and top tips from industry experts.

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INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY 

BARKER BRETTELL

Rosalyn has 20 years’ experience as a trademark attorney and a particular interest in the Cosmetic sector.  She supports cosmetic businesses in;

  • creation and protection of brand names,
  • creation and protection of product packaging
  • protect innovations around the products themselves, such as formulations and new ideas.

She has a wide range of clients from start-ups and entrepreneurs through to multi-national organisations so is used to working to different budgets.

She can also assist when thing go wrong – adopting a brand that wasn’t free for use,  using unauthorised copyright material on a social media post etc.

She’s always happy to give some initial advice for free so well worth getting in touch with.

Rosalyn was interviewed on Indie Beauty TV

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INTERIM MANAGEMENT

Kerry Spence

Kerry was the Operations Director and General Manager at Vita Liberata  – managing and driving rapid international growth. She now use her experience and expertise working with business owners across retail, fashion, beauty and home fragrance industries. She thrives working IN  businesses doing whatever it takes to allow the founders to work ON their business.

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PINTEREST CONSULTANCY, TRAINING AND COACHING

Jen Stanbrook

Jen Stanbrook helps female creative entrepreneurs triple their website traffic with Pinterest Marketing and creates confidence, focus and a new found financial security for her clients’ businesses.  As an award winning blogger, she uses Pinterest to grow her audience and traffic, bringing extraordinary opportunities and work collaborations and giving her the freedom to live her life according to her rules. Through her Power Hour 121 sessions, online courses and Pinning Club Membership she helps hundreds of online businesses master Pinterest and achieve a thriving, stable income.

Jen was interviewed on Indie Beauty TV

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SALES SUPPORT

ETHICAL SALES

Corinne Thomas, Managing Director

Our mission is to transform natural, organic and green businesses with strategic sales support. We take the sting out of sales so you can change the world, one customer at a time. We can help you to grow your customer base with bespoke and targeted sales campaigns (B2B and D2C); set growth goals and practical sales roadmaps that work; get support and advice at a Sales Director level when you need it the most.

Our team has decades of experience in direct sales, retailer strategy, online advertising, social media and strategic sales. We are proud to work exclusively with purpose-driven businesses who balance profit with people and planet

[email protected]

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SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGEMENT

Nikki McCaig

Nikki McCaig is a freelance creative, specialising in social media marketing and content creation. She works with small-medium businesses to help develop their social strategy, encourage inclusive marketing in their copywriting and improve their digital presence, to reach new audiences and users alike. Having worked in the marketing industry for over five years, she’s worked with brands and businesses in the beauty sector, healthcare, education and construction, as well as writing professionally for mental health publications and news outlets. Nikki has also recently started a podcast, entitled The Lonely Freelancer, where she shares her marketing and freelancing advice to listeners, and covers relevant topics such as branding, consultancy, mental health and client management.

Nikki joined me for an episode of Indie Beauty TV where we shared tips and ideas on how to plan and schedule content.

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SOLICITORS

BIRD & BIRD

Bird & Bird  provide legal advice to beauty brands of all sizes – from early-stage ventures, to SMEs, to established multinationals – and can help you at all stages of your business lifecycle.

In the early stages of your business, we can help you to incorporate your company, ensure you are structured in a tax-efficient way, and develop your brand strategy and protect your key intellectual property.

As you grow, we can advise you on taking on investment, and help you negotiate your contracts with manufacturers, logistics providers, distributors and retailers.  In some cases, we may be able to introduce you to investment/finance partners and providers.

We can also help you navigate the various areas of regulation that will affect your business, helping you to comply with the rules regulating product formulations, labelling, health and nutrition claims, data protection, and advertising and marketing.

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VIDEO STRATEGIST AND PRODUCER

Justina Rosu

Owner of Purple Square Video and an ex-BBC Production Manager, Justina now works mostly with solo business owners and entrepreneurs in coaching, consulting and therapy.  As Video Strategist, Producer and Trainer  Justina helps her clients use video to increase audience authority and business growth, from helping them DIY through to full service filming, as well as speaker reel editing and a subscription editing service.

Before launching her businesses, Justina had a long career at the BBC.  During this time she worked throughout the entire broadcast spectrum of television production, from programme creation to development, network transmission, promotions and commissioning.  Notably she pioneered the self filming producer, was part of the small team who launched BBC3, seeing in the transition from analog to digital.

In her video production company she has produced videos for Tate & Lyle helping to achieve their best ever ROI for any marketing campaign, for global financial organisations bringing in 100x ROI, and also training video strategy, leveraging social video and using video on your phone inside large organisations.

She is passionate about businesses not only having polished professional video content, but also embracing non-professional, self shot video, and having video that gets results.

Justina joined me for an episode of Indie Beauty TV where we discussed hot to use video to liven up your marketing.

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VISUAL MARKETING 

PERCEPTION STUDIOS

Simon is a former radio and television presenter / producer and now runs the award winning visual marketing agency Perception Studios.  Specialising in creating bespoke social media content that helps a brand and business stand out from the crowd he’s worked with brands an agencies to create content for the likes of Mountain Dew, Pepsi, Bednest, Walkers, Lionel Hitchin and many others with excellent results for all brands.

Simon is also a huge advocate of social media in general for brands and has written a former number one book “how to 9 x your social media”.  He prides himself on helping small brands understand the importance of social media content and what they can do themselves for FREE, or at least for a very small cost, if they need an editor for a video or a podcast, after they’ve created the content themselves.

As a consultant and creative, Simon has worked with beauty industry leaders like Rachel, helping them to make their current content work harder for them, as well as creating bespoke short form content to help with building brand online.

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USA WAREHOUSING AND LOGISTICS

3rd Party Logistics Group

http://3plg.com/

3rd Party Logistics Group (3PLG) is a well-established, specialised third party warehousing/order fulfilment partner.

We exclusively service the Beauty Industry:  skincare, cosmetics, bath / body, tanning, hair care and fragrance. 

100% Woman-Owned Business and Beauty Focused!

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