Taking 10 with...Jackie Allison

Taking 10 with...Jackie Allison

Sunday 14th October 2018

By Michelle Hammond

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

My Mum and Dad had very strong work ethics and encouraged me to
pursue my goals but also taught me to enjoy the experience along the way.

Q2 - What do you believe the principles of a successful business are today? 

It is not always about re-creating the wheel, sometimes all it takes is refinement and re-energising of an existing idea/brand – think Fever Tree!

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

To move away from Banking/Trading environment to pursue a career within the luxury sector.

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

Working alongside the Founders of both Mulberry (Roger Saul) and Jo Malone was the most incredible honour. I was able to witness first-hand the entrepreneurial flair and passion which formed the core of their incredible success

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

To leave Jo Malone for a rival brand. It just shows that money does not buy happiness!

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

The ability to find humour in even the most dire circumstances!

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

I have a tendency to over complicate the process and find it harder to concentrate.

Q8 - How do you invest in your own wellbeing. How do you look after yourself? 

I have been privileged to work alongside Clinical Nutritionist, Stephanie Moore, who
instilled in me the core elements to a healthier and more balanced approach to food
and well-being. So, I really try and live by her mantra of the 80/20 approach – 80%
diet comprising of freshly prepared food and then 20% naughty treats! Also working
for the amazing award winning sun care brand Ultrasun, has made me realise the
importance of amazing sun protection in all weathers!

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

Firstly, many Spa’s approach to “Wellness/Wellbeing” - this has become a major contributor to the Spa offering, however, this should not solely apply to treatments/facilities, this needs to be reflected in the quality of the food and
nutritional value provided. For example, many spas offer recovery breaks for post
chemo guests, however, will offer chips and heavily sweetened options within their
menu, which is completely counter-productive. Plus, an industry definition of the
word ‘spa’ - this has different connotations depending on your audience, this can
range from a 5 star destination ‘Spa’ to a Nail ‘Spa” on the high street. More clarity
and regulation required.

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

"Be Passionate About Your Product’ – Jo Malone

Never be frightened to show your true feelings and emotions, and don’t be
afraid to let your personality shine through your brand. This brings realness
and allows your brand to have a personal heartbeat.

FLASH FACTS - FOR FUN SECTION

1. What’s your favourite book?

John Grisham – The Partner – this was the first book I ever read which made me literally gasp at the twist at the end.

2. What’s your favourite film of all time?

Ben Hur – 'oldy but a goody!

3. If you could have dinner with anyone, past or present, who would it be and
why?

Robin Hutson – Founder of Pig Hotels – would like to explore his
creative drive to continuously stimulate and excite the hotel/spa industry.

4. You get taken to your favourite place to be, where are you taken?

Villa Mahl– Kalkan/Turkey

5. Your perfect dinner is?

Rare steak with all the naughty sides!

6. Your go to drink is?

Gin and Tonic

7. Your favourite sweet treat is?

Rhubarb and custard sweets

8. What’s your favourite essential oil / scent?

Rose

9. You go for a treatment - what do you have and why?

Anti-aging facial – for obvious reasons!

10. What’s your favourite flower?

Peonies

11.You want to sleep deeply, what do you do?

Hot bath with Aromatherapy Associates Deep Relax Oil

12.You want to energise fast, what do you do?

Go for brisk 5 minute walk with deep breaths plus a dab of Aromatherapy Associates Revive oil.

13.The theme tune to your life is?

‘Adventures of a lifetime’ - Coldplay

14.What makes you laugh to your belly?

The film ‘Some like it hot” – the last line always has me in fits of laughter!

15.What’s your favourite season?

Spring

16. What’s your favourite colour?

Blue

17. Your favourite time of day is?

Morning

18. If you could have been anyone or anything else, what / who would you be?

Ballet dancer

19. What’s your current TV guilty secret?

The Bodyguard

20. Magic dust - you can learn one new skill instantly, what is it?

Learn Spanish

Jackie has over 25 years working with some of the most illustrious luxury brands in the UK.  From Travel Retail collaborations with British Airways for Mulberry, to setting up of the first Corporate Gift department at Jo Malone.  Jackie, has also worked with some of the greats within the Spa arena, Aromatherapy Associates and most recently the award winning Grayshott Spa.  Jackie is now representing a number of beauty brands, including Ultrasun, as consultant for Spa’s/Travel Retail and Leading Department Stores.

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