Retail Consultant | Executive Coach | Life Coach
What we do...
Julia Darlington Retail Consulting and Executive Coaching is unique. It brings to you extensive, proven, first-hand retail industry knowledge and expertise to help you to create, build and grow your successful, profitable and innovative business. This is combined with an in-depth focus on the development and growth of you, your people and your teams through powerful coaching and mentoring programs.
We believe that to achieve true success you cannot separate your business from yourself and your people.
Whether working with you in an advisory capacity as a Business Consultant, or partnering with you as your Coach, we are truly committed to work with you to raise the bar for your business and for your people to the highest level possible To help and support you to achieve success in your business and your personal life.
In Your Business
Whether just starting out on your journey of creating and building your business or more established we can help you. We will be your trusted advisor, supporting, guiding and inspiring you to create and nurture a truly successful and profitable business, optimising your opportunities and realising your vision.
Strategy - Clarify your vision, develop and define your goals, build your multi-channel business strategy and tangible implementation plans.
Marketing - Create your robust Brand strategy, clearly define your target customer, market positioning and build your marketing plan.
Product - Review, advise and refine your product offer, your buying, merchandising and sourcing strategies to remain relevant in todays competitive and rapidly changing global retail landscape.
Processes - Develop and install robust, simplistic processes and procedures to deliver on time and maximise your turnover and profitability.
People - Review, develop and build your people and team capability through coaching, mentoring and training to deliver excellence.
Working alongside you as your partner we will help you to get really clear on your purpose and vision for your business, brainstorming with you ,motivating and inspiring and being your accountability partner to ensure that you follow through on your commitments.
Utilising coaching methodologies ,NLP and Meta Dynamics we will uncover and address mindset issues that may be holding you back from realizing your business vision and success. Limiting beliefs, fears and self-sabotaging behaviours will be identified and replaced with resourceful and empowering new thinking.
When you perform at your best, your business flourishes and your job satisfaction and well-being soars. Our executive coaching combines a powerful combination of first hand industry knowledge and experience of the challenges you and your teams face daily, with deep psychological insight and understanding. Our clients include business owners and leaders, senior executives, managers and their teams. We work in many different retail sectors including fashion, life-style, home wares and food & beverage.
In Your Personal Life
Coaching & Mentoring
Do you feel stuck? Are you unclear of what your purpose is and where you are heading? Maybe you’re managing a full time role, possibly have a family and are struggling to find the right balance between your personal aspirations and professional commitments? Maybe, as a consequence you frequently feel guilty, have feelings of not being as good as everyone else around you and fear failure. Your confidence and feelings of self worth are low and are negatively impacting your relationships, achievements and overall quality of life.
If any of this resonates with you, we can help! We can support you to get clarity and connect with your purpose, create your vision and develop your goals and simple action plans to achieve them. Whether in your personal life, your career or both we can work with you to uncover what’s holding you back from living the life you truly desire, and support you in developing new winning strategies to achieve happiness, fulfillment, self-belief and confidence.
Drop us a line for more information on our services, events and to arrange your complimentary free coaching session.
With nearly 3 decades of experience as a successful and respected Buying & Brand Executive, Business Leader and Retail Consultant in the International Fashion Industry I understand first hand the challenges, highs and lows of achieving and delivering success, happiness and fulfilment both in your business and in life.
My passion for the Fashion and Retail Industry has taken me around the globe leading and delivering success for numerous major Internationally recognised brands including Arcadia, Marks & Spencer, French Connection, Habitat, Accessorize, Coast and Forever New.
For over 25 years I have strategically led both the creative and commercial aspects of these brands to fully realise their full potential. I have inspired, coached and mentored my teams to achieve the aspirations of the business as well as their own personal goals and ambitions. I now support businesses and their leaders and teams to drive and deliver excellence.
I have always felt motivated to support and help people to overcome their fears and limitations that hold them back from living the life they truly desire, both in their careers and in their lives generally. This has led me to train and become a qualified Life and Business coach. This is enabling me to help and inspire as many people as I can to get really clear on their dreams, goals and aspirations and then go on to achieve these whilst becoming the very best versions of themselves.
"I recently completed some sessions of business coaching with Julia Darlington.
My outside catering business was expanding and myself and my co-owner had taken a huge step and decided to buy a restaurant. This massive undertaking left me feeling out of my depth and lacking in confidence so I turned to Julia to help me focus on the specifics of what needed to be done.
Throughout this journey Julia has been with me, constantly guiding me and helping me to plan the vision for the business. We’ve looked at both short and long-term goals, structure, processes and systems to enable the business to operate as efficiently as possible. Her wealth of experience as a business coach and consultant in the retail industry has inspired me and given me the self-belief that I can do this and achieve the success I want. She has an amazing ability to uncomplicate and clarify the jumble in my head. A truly special lady who I cannot thank enough".
Sally Poole, Co Owner of Bliss Foods Ltd
"Julia came to work with me at Jacques Vert Group upon her return from Australia with a brief to reinvent and energise what had become the rather tired eponymous brand. She very quickly became a pivotal member of the senior management team and performed duties beyond the initial remit.
She brings a gravitas and authority to her work which from her valuable experience in consumer-facing organizations, and couples this with an engaging personality that quickly endears her to both her peers and her team and engenders both respect and loyalty.
Her ability to put herself in the mind of her customer, and her thoroughness in feeling and owning a brand from end to end, produced some incredible results and set the brand well onto its recovery path. I was delighted with the progress made and wouldn’t hesitate to engage her again in the future".
Shaun Wills, CEO, Jacques Vert - Style Group Brands
"I cannot believe how you have given me the tools to make me feel so much better about myself during this time. I now believe that I can achieve whatever goal I set myself whether it's small or big. I know I will have setbacks along the way, but I will tackle them head on and not give up or feel defeated".
"I saw Julia as I was experiencing and struggling with a lack of self-confidence, self-esteem, procrastination and fears that were holding me back. Julia has helped me look at things from a different, positive perspective and as such life has taken on a different slant. I feel that I am no longer held back by fear and worry that would have overcome my thoughts in the past. It has opened up a world of possibilities and I feel excited to embrace the future".
"When I first spoke to Julia I was feeling pretty overwhelmed and I didn’t understand why. Why I felt like I was stuck and stagnant! Pretty soon I stopped feeling overwhelmed and was able to look at my life more clearly. Julia gets to the heart of the matter and with compassion. Julia’s coaching resonated with me and, importantly ,trying out her suggestions I have instantly noticed the benefits. Julia's coaching has been so beneficial to me and it is something I really value.I feel more positive about myself than I have in years.
"Julia’s sessions are very thorough and issues can be tackled in a realistic and energetic way. She has helped me to make realistic plans, in small steps, to take me towards my goals and dreams. Her sessions are motivating and inspiring with anecdotes and open conversation.
I would like to have more life coaching sessions with Julia in the future and can highly recommend her”.
"I found myself at a point where life had spun out of control and screeched to a grinding halt. I felt unclear of my future and was so lacking in confidence and self-esteem that I felt unable to trust my own decisions.
Over the weeks and months of my coaching sessions with Julia I have come to a point of confidence, optimism and self-belief and as a result my life has started to head in a more fulfilling and enjoyable direction. I can't thank her enough and look forward to our continuing sessions and the future that they are enabling me to visualise and make into reality"
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