Taking 10 with... Nicola Elliott

Taking 10 with... Nicola Elliott

Friday 24th November 2017

By Michelle Hammond

Q1 - How did your childhood influence your work ethic and attitude towards business?

My Dad was strict. If homework wasn’t written neat enough, let alone done well enough, he drew a line through it and made us start again. Working hard was hugely important and I had part time jobs from the age of 16. 

Q2 - What do you believe the principles of a successful business are today? Hard work! Passion and resilience. 

Q3 - Looking back, what was your best business decision?

Meeting my business partner Oliver Mennell (don’t tell him). He’s great at all the stuff I’m not and vice versa. 

Q4 - Who has influenced you the most through your career?

Oliver and my Dad. 

Q5 - What was your most difficult / worst business decision?

Most decisions are hard, you have to rely on your gut for so much and that’s a risk. People who may or may not fit, shops that may or may not be in the right location, products that may fly…or may not. They don’t all work out and you have to learn to be fine with that and move on. 

Q6 - What would you say was the single most advantageous character trait for success?


Q7 - What happens when you’re stressed or overwhelmed?

I’ve had awful anxiety over the years which I learn to manage naturally by taking care of my wellbeing. So if I’m stressed I take myself for a jog, eat some really good foods, ditch the caffeine for a bit and get meditating in a bath filled with our Scent to De Stress - a total life saver!

Q8 - How do you invest in your own wellbeing. How do you look after yourself? see above….but all the time, that’s the key, keeping it front and centre of your world even if you’re busy. I have my own wellbeing checklist and it’s all about the small moments - making them really work hard for me. 

Q9 - If you could change one thing about the spa and wellness industry what would it be and why?

More drop in options….a day you book a month in advance is lovely, but sometimes you need to pop in on the hoof. 

Q10 - Finally, What’s your favourite quote or the best advice you’ve ever been given?

Learn to be calm and you’ll always be happy. 


  1. What’s your favourite book Bush Falls by Jonathan Tropper. 
  2. What’s your favourite film of all time The Notebook. 
  3. If you could have dinner with anyone, past or present, who would it be and why? Ariana Huffington, Iris Apfel and Ryan Gosling!
  4. You get taken to your favourite place to be, where are you taken? J Sheeky London. 
  5. Your perfect dinner is? Simple good food with a small group of best friends and a good wine. 
  6. Your go to drink is? Champagne.
  7. Your favourite sweet treat is? Green & Blacks. 
  8. What’s your favourite essential oil / scent? Right now…Neom Real Luxury Blend (lavender, jasmine & Brazilian rosewood)
  9. You go for a treatment - what do you have and why? I go to Suk or Della at Neom Wimbledon Treatment Rooms for a 2 hour Neom treatment - they tell me which one I need when I get there after doing the Scent Discovery Test.  
  10. What’s your favourite flower? Peonies

11.You want to sleep deeply, what do you do? Neom 3 step program - light the Tranquillity Candle, have a bath with the Bath and Shower Drops and spray the Perfect Night’s sleep pillow mist. I would probably add in the Tranquillity Body Oil too. Turn all tech off after 8pm, take 2 Magnesium supplements and a good half hour read before bed in clean sheets. Job done every time. 

12.You want to energise fast, what do you do? Spritz of Neom’s Energy Burst perfume - spritz, kick ass, repeat! even better with a brisk walk in fresh air. 

  1. The theme tune to your life is? Destiny’s Child Independent
  2. What makes you laugh to your belly? My best friend Lucy.
  3. What’s your favourite season? Summer
  4. What’s your favourite colour? Blue
  5. Your favourite time of day is? Bedtime. 
  6. If you could have been anyone or anything else, what / who would you be? A music video producer.
  7. What’s your current TV guilty secret? Say yes to the dress with my 7 year old daughter. 
  8. Magic dust - you can learn one new skill instantly, what is it? Be a computer whizz - I’m useless. 

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