The BCA Annual Business Seminar 2014

The Beauty Companies Association Seminar 2014

Attendees flocked to the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden for the Beauty Companies Association’s annual business seminar, which took place on September 30th. 

Concentrating on maximising the success of businesses within the beauty industry, the event was a great chance for the range of high profile speakers to share stories and invaluable knowledge on how they first started out in the beauty industry and managed to pave their way to success.

The packed audience welcomed Dean Nathanson, chairman of the BCA, to the stage, who commenced the seminar with a warm welcome to all attendees and speakers, whilst discussing the benefits of joining the BCA. Dean then introduced our first speaker, Leah Totton.

Dr Leah Totton, current title holder of The Apprentice and Alan Sugar’s business partner, shared her journey from the beginning, where she worked for the NHS, to taking part and winning The Apprentice in 2012. Leah confessed how she had struggled to overcome her lack of confidence whilst taking part in The Apprentice and revealed how she wanted her clinics to eventually expand nationally.

Following this, Sandra Vallow, Senior Beauty Buyer at QVC, took to the stage to share her journey and experiences of working at QVC. She was able to share a short marketing video, which broadcasts how QVC works to help companies to expand and grow. Companies who work closely with QVC are able to use their marketing tool to predict how their target market reacts to key terms which can then be used to their own advantage.

Sean Harrington, Managing Director of Elemis, then addressed the packed room by detailing how the company had first come about, which had been because of the need to pay back some owed money, drawing a few laughs from the audience! Alongside speaking about his own success, Sean also offered attendees top tips and advice on running a successful business.

After a packed morning delegates then had a chance to network with other senior members of the Beauty Industry over lunch and drew the raffle, to raise funds for the Healing Hands Network, the BCA’s nominated charity, who also benefited from 10% of proceeds from the event.

A delighted Dean Nathanson summed up the event; “Our annual business seminars have proved to be a big success with great feedback from attendees and speakers alike. I believe we have well and truly succeeded thanks to all our speakers and members who attended the event, and really relished in the opportunity to learn more about how to maximise their success. As the BCA grows, we feel like the industry benefits as a whole from the effort we have put in to ensure we stand as one and be recognised as the leading authority of the beauty industry. ”

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Healing Hands Network Support

Healing Hands Network

The Beauty companies Association is pleased to be supporting the Healing Hands Network for another year!

The Beauty Companies Association is pleased to be supporting the Healing Hands Network for another year. The charity offers holistic and complementary therapies to those affected by war and its aftermath. They work overseas in Bosnia and also with UK veterans.

on 20th September 2014, the Beauty Companies Association Annual Business Seminar will include a raffle, thanks to the kind donations of 13 prizes from our generous members. The prizes range from commercial B2B advertising to cosmetics and spa treatments.

The Beauty Companies Association wants to thank all our members for their willingness to support a very worthwhile cause. Tickets will be available on the day at the London Transport Museum.


Do you want to maximise your route to success in the beauty industry?

Do You Want to Maximise Your Route to Success in the Beauty Industry?

We all lose our way sometimes and for a beauty business, this can be disastrous. With the correct advice, tip, and support from the people in the know, you can get your business back in the right lane.

On Tuesday 30th September at the London Transport Museum in Covent Garden, the Beauty Companies Association (BCA) will hold their Annual Business Seminar which will give you access to valuable tips, advice and contacts to get your business back on the right track, help it to grow and make your mark within our industry.

You will hear from an array of successful industry leaders who will be sharing their own experiences and insights into how to succeed in the beauty industry.


Key Note Speakers:



Sean Harrington, Managing Director of Elemis Limited, will share his business insights and reveal how he transformed Elemis into a global, award winning skincare brand. He will also be sharing his story as an entrepreneurial leader and offering advice on how to make it in this competitive and somewhat fragmented beauty industry. Sean is an inspirational speaker whose tips and advice on how to succeed in business will prove fascinating and insightful.



Sandra Vallow, Senior Buyer of Beauty at QVC Home Shopping, will share with the audience the impact that QVC can have on brands. QVC is one of the world’s largest multimedia retailers. They aim to provide an outstanding brand experience for customers, engaging them in a community of people and ideas. Sandra is the Deputy Chair of Copra and an excellent public speaker, who will impart her wisdom as a QVC buyer on the way to succeed within the industry.







Dr Leah Totton, Winner of The Apprentice and Founder of Dr Leah Clinics will explain what winning The Apprentice has meant for her business, and provide examples of how being in partnership with Lord Sugar has enabled her business to grow. She will discuss the challenges she has faced, and where she sees the growth of the industry. Leah is the epitome of hard work, passion and never giving up on a dream, and we are sure you do not want to miss this exclusive opportunity of hearing her share her exciting success story with you!



The Beauty Companies Association are also proud to confirm that we are supporting the Healing Hands Network (Registered Charity Number: 1080268)

10% of the profit from this event will be donated to the charity and a raffle will be held in support of the Healing Hands Network

Protecting Your Brand

Protecting Your Brand

BCA Seminar held in London proves a roaring success

The BCA (Beauty Companies Association) held an educational seminar on Tuesday 22nd July to help raise awareness and offer expert advice, on how to protect your brand from the issues of unauthorised stockists and un-trained therapists.


Improve Your Success at Beauty Exhibitions

Improve Your Success at Beauty Exhibitions

On Tuesday 24th March, the Beauty Companies Association (BCA) had their first ever educational seminar, over a delicious lunch hosted at the Institute of Anti-ageing. The thought-provoking conversation covered a number of common issues that companies face whilst exhibiting at beauty shows, with talks from Simon Naudi, the Managing Director of training company Answer Training, Ian Archbold, the Show Director of Olympia Beauty and Mark Maloney, the Managing Director of Professional Beauty.


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