In 2015 we decided to broaden our horizons and try to enter the sports apparel market for knitwear. Entering into any new market requires research and a thorough understanding of the potential challenges. After searching for advice, we were very lucky to stumble across Vicky Powell-Carden.
Vicky has a wealth of experience in the major-league football arena, but also boasts excellent contacts for international product-development. She quickly recognised our need for expertise & guidance, but offered us a really flexible consultancy service with minimal financial commitment. This was invaluable in our first year entering a new market.
I would have no hesitation recommending Vicky to any person or business. Whether it be just advice & guidance, or a more focused consultancy service to develop your business – Vicky is knowledgeable, flexible, courteous and extremely professional.Mark Miller
Vicky is brilliant! I’ve known her for a number of years and her expertise, knowledge and contacts are second to none. From small campaigns using UK suppliers, to huge campaigns for multinational clients, Vicky has helped us to design, source, import and test some amazing products for our clients – improving our relationships and driving additional revenue streams for our business! I’d hire her full time if I could!!Simon Jamieson
I met Vicky a few years ago in an online networking group and we realised we were quite local to each other, since then we have stayed in touch and have worked together to improve my business. Vicky’s knowledge of the retail industry world is invaluable to a small retail business like mine.
Her years of experience working in large organisations such as Matalan, Home Bargains, BBC Children in Need & Liverpool Football Club is extensive and she is so well placed now as she runs her own business to understand what a small retail business needs to do to compete and get seen in this very competitive world.
From advice about Trade Fairs, which ones to go to and how to get the best from them to guidance of which suppliers are best to work with in a specific area and how to negotiate the best price & service plus general advice about the best packaging options and making sure you are maximising every marketing opportunity around events such as Wimbledon, Royal Ascot etc.
Vicky currently has a free download called 10 Ways to Supercharge your Retail Sales. This is an amazing guide for small businesses and I definitely advise you to go and get your copy. This will give you an insight into her depth of knowledge.
I cannot recommend Vicky enough, she is a lovely, warm person who will work with you to understand what your problem is and provide you with easy to implement solutions.Michelle Grey
Vicky provided very valuable advice on building up sales channels for our business plan, how to approach and work with retailers, calculate margins and work the crowd at trade shows. She was also instrumental in finding a warehouse to store our stock in which with the coming Christmas season was really difficult.
Vicky is a very knowledgeable and experienced retail consultant who was very helpful in launching our business in the UK. She’s enthusiastic and hard working and makes sure that she provides excellent service and value for money.Villo Lelkes
Vicky came and delivered a session for the Women’s Organisation around “looking to Wholesale”. The session was aimed at female entrepreneurs who wanted to find out about this subject. Apart from being VERY knowledgeable about this subject and having great handouts for the group to take away, Vicky was able to connect with individuals and explain things in a real and understandable way. This is an essential skill in Vicky’s industry and line of work. If you have questions about the retail industry and want some support and insight, Vicky is definitely the person who you should book in for a cuppa.
Vicky is a professional and articulate buyer with an excellent eye for detail, design and products. Always pleasant and constructive with her comments and I have known Vicky also with her previous companies and she is dedicated and knows her product field extensively.Vera Gaughan
From the very first consultation with Vicky, she was intuitive and knew exactly how to help our business grow with her many years of experience, not just in the industry alone but with a kind and committed attitude. I would certainly recommend her valued knowledge
We commissioned Vicky to complete a piece of research work on 5 of our stores. She conducted the project work with professionalism and efficiency, and produced a report for each store containing detailed information. We have followed up on many of Vicky’s recommendations, and they have all proved to be successful for our business.
We will definitely be using Vicky for more project work and retail research work in the future as she delivered an excellent calibre of work at superb value for money.George Twist
Vicky is professional, friendly and efficient. We’ve worked together on a number of projects and every time Vicky always seeks to understand the most intricate details of each product in order to make sure her client gets the very best product that meets the specification entirely – at the right price. Always a pleasure to work with and respect her honesty and integrity.Rhys James
Vicky has a fantastic eye for product, is very hard in business but fair.David Lynch
Vicky is a very professional Buyer who is extremely knowledgeable on her product categories. She is adaptable and learns quickly when asked to source new products, is experienced in Far East sourcing and understands the import process very well. Vicky is enthusiastic and energetic and works well under pressure. She is a great person to work with, and is a person who thrives and excels in pressurised situations. She is loyal and dedicated to her career, colleagues and friends, and an asset to any company.Paul Britland
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