Members Webinars

Wednesday-Webinar-400x275We are planning a schedule of great webinars to help you and your businesses this year. To help us achieve this we want some feedback from you.

  • On the topicHow to successfully pitch your business to corporate clients”, Which topic would be of most interest to you?
    1. Identifying Your Target Market
    2. Deciding What You Offer
    3. Getting In The Door


  • How long do you think the webinar should last:
    1. 30 mins
    2. 60 mins
    3. 90 mins
    4. State how long
  • What time of the day would suit you best:
    1. Morning
    2. Afternoon
    3. Early evening

Please email your answers to Elena at [email protected]

Thank you!

Spring Trend Cards To Help Your Business

Would you like to get hold of 20 beautifully presented slides with lots of high street inspiration for Spring Summer 2016? What is coming to the shops and what are the biggest trends influencing our buying habits this season? If you would like beautiful and specifically designed trend cards to use as a tool with your clients for workshops, presentations and consultations, these may be perfect for you.


Ready to go, colourful and impactful, they can be yours for only £15 each. Choose from Men’s Style and Colour or Women’s Style and Colour. Prepared by Lynne Nicoll and Geraldine Wijsbeek from ‘Have Great

Email [email protected] to order.



Meet Styleissimo!

Hi all,

Stylissimo-EmmaWelcome to our new series of FIPI members chat!

Would you like to be featured on our blog and in the FIPI Newsletter? Get your business noticed and share your story with us! For February Emma Russell from Stylissimo has given us insight into her own journey into fashion and told us more about her business.

Emma is an accredited member of FIPI and is passionate about helping women to feel empowered through their clothes thus boosting their confidence and saving them money!

What’s your background before you started your business?

Prior to setting up Stylissimo I was an Account Manager in the Commercial Radio Industry. In short I sold the advertising space, be it the adverts in the ad break, sponsorships right through to large events. I worked with commercial clients and public sector clients in putting together a radio marketing campaign which achieved their marketing objectives. It was a role I truly loved and am still passionate about radio as a medium, it really can change and build businesses.My favourite projects that I put campaigns together for would be the launch of the Comic Relief T-shirt’s sold at TK Maxx, An Anti Truancy campaign in Greater Manchester which helped boost attendance in THE worst school in Manchester and finally the Free Radio Live Event which is a pop concert for 15,000 people which the last event I worked on was headlined by Ed Sheeran. No I didn’t get to meet him sadly.

Tell us a little about your business, what’s it called, how can people find you and when did you start?

My company is called Stylissimo, I started the business shortly after training with First Impressions in 2012. My website is or you can find me on pretty much every social media including facebook, twitter, Instagram and pinterest if you search stylissimouk!

What is your Unique Selling Point do you feel?

I teach ladies the rules and how to make them work for them and their wardrobe. I’m honest and try to work within their personal boundaries, gently pushing them to step out of their comfort zones without being too forceful.


What do you most love about your job?

I love being able to boost ladies confidence and self esteem, when I receive a customer review or some feedback which tells me how confident they are feeling or that others have noticed a change in them I feel a real sense of achievement.

What is your biggest challenge this year in your business?

Finding private clients is my greatest challenge. I have set out a marketing plan which includes the use of social media and blogging, I am also working hard to make connections and partnerships with relevant industries and businesses to help extend my reach with the aim to find potential clients.

What 3 tips would you give someone who is just starting out in the image industry?

  1. Conduct some research into your potential market size and forecast your potential earnings based on the results. I would say its important to truly understand where you are positioning your business and the size of the market you think will want to book your services.
  2. Once you’ve trained decide where your niche will be, what will you offer that’s different.
  3. Write a business plan, ensure you have a structure to your business and build your brand. Is your brand you? Or do you want to have a brand name and build your business around the brand name that could be potentially sold on in the future. Take Jo Malone candles for example, Jo sold the business and is now building another but with it she sold the rights to her own name. Be conscious that if you name your business after yourself, what happens if you decide to sell it?


For you, what makes image consultancy different from fashion styling?

Fashion styling is about how to wear the latest trends and creating a “look” based on those trends. Fashion styling is time sensitive and will change season to season. Image Consulting is teaching a lady how style can be eternal and how to celebrate individuality.

What part of your business do you find the biggest challenge and why?

Repeat business is my biggest long term challenge, my private clients will give me at least one referral if not more and some even book for one other service but after that its back to searching for new clients. I find that new clients take a long time to make that final decision to actually book, they will say “Oh I’m going to book for an analysis” but then when it comes to putting a date in the diary its hard to gain a commitment. I spent 15 years selling so I’m not afraid of closing a deal, but find it difficult to strike the right balance between gaining a commitment and selling too hard.

Why is it important to you to be part of the Federation?

I feel that being a part of FIPI gives my company a stamp of approval and reassures potential clients that I am working within a reputable industry. From a business point of view I appreciate being part of a network where we can share best practices and work together to be able to promote our industry further to gain more customers.

Thanks Emma!




Members, we need you!

chatHappy New Year everyone! 

We want to talk to you!

This month we want to give you, all our members the chance to have their say about how FIPI can make your membership better for you in 2016!

We want to really help support you in getting customers and growing your businesses this year but as we all know, growth does not come by itself. Sometimes we need to invest in learning new skills, building our presence online, working together and coming up with new ideas… along with everything else!

We want to help support you in this ‘goal for growth’ in 2016 and so we NEED YOU to share with us what you want from Fipi?

What you would like to see, hear or change about our Federation and your membership? I know we mentioned our online members chat in our Christmas newsletter and perhaps it got a little lost with everything that Christmas brings! Now that we have all reached the new year, we would love to hear from you and put your name down to help us make things better. Check out dates and times below and simply email [email protected] to let me know which suits you. Each chat will only be approx 20 mins so I promise it won’t take long but may make a big difference to how FIPI helps you this year.

Help us to create change for you!

If you would prefer to chat on the phone if you can’t make any of the below times, please do let me know and I would be delighted to arrange a time that suits you.

Wednesday January 20th 11am 

Wednesday January 20th 8pm

Thursday January 21st 11am

Thursday January 21st 8pm

Tuesday January 26th 11am

Tuesday January 26th 8pm

Julie & all the FIPI team x






A Christmas note from our President

Geraldine Wijsbeek-Abee MFIPI FIPI European DirectorDear members,

Trusting this finds you all well, feeling happy with 2015’s achievements and that you are looking forward to the festive season ahead!

I hope you are as excited as we are about our new experienced and enthusiastic board for 2016. We are all very much looking forward to moving Fipi forward in extraordinary ways next year. We have already been busy on your behalf getting things in place for a wonderful 2016 for you, our members.

Here are just some of the areas we will be putting our energy on in the coming months.

• A review of our CPD policy and what needs to be changed to make sure that everyone grows and develops in their area of interest, both within Europe and internationally.

• We want to find ways of promoting your business within FIPI and to a wider network.

• PR will be a top priority, as this will raise our profile on a national and international scale.

• We want to grow our membership, which will help us grow our membership support structure and the opportunities within that.

• We want you to make sure your voice is heard and that we are moving forward in a way that adds more value to you. To that end, in January we invite you all to sign up to take part in one of our planned webinars with Communications Director Julie and myself. We are looking for your thoughts on how Fipi can add more value to your membership and we want to find out more about you and your business to do that!

Finally, I just want to share with you my admiration for the dedication and time the current board members have already committed to ensuring that you the members will benefit from the organisation you have invested your money into. I am sure will join me in thanking Elisabeth, Elena, Huong, Jane, Julie, Lesley, Jane, Pauline and Susan for the work they have already put in on your behalf and we are all very excited for a great 2016!

With best wishes to you all,
With caring vibes – Geraldine x


Seasons Greetings!

Is the FIPI Masters Accreditation for you?

Our Accreditation Director Pauline Shares her Insights

Pauline Bell FIPI Regional Meetings TeamPauline is FIPI’s new Director for Accreditation with FIPI. Based in Glasgow, Pauline delivers a variety of soft skills training throughout the UK as part of her own business.

“My Masters qualification in Image has opened many doors for me and I use the content of it within different training packages I deliver. In particular it has given me kudos within the corporate and educational sectors.”

Pauline explains how the FIPI Masters Award is made up of 4 parts that can be taken over 2 days or as individual stand alone modules – gaining recognition for each module as you go. “If like many of our members colour is your strongest skill? You can start with this and become an Accredited Practitioner in Colour Analysis.”

“Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.The important thing is not to stop questioning” Albert Einstein

What’s the first step?

The first step is to take part in a pre assessment webinar with Sue Donnelly and will be starting shortly on a monthly basis. We will shortly be uploading a calendar of dates for you to choose from.

Getting your Masters Accreditation has to be at the right time for you. Everyone is different and we at FIPI would be delighted to chat to you individually about when might be the right time for you to go for it!

Please contact Pauline directly for more details on [email protected] and to find out more about our upcoming pre assessment webinars.

You can also read more on our Masters Awards page here.

Young model & campaigner Rosie Nelson calls for law to protect young models

Brave young model and campaigner Rosie Nelson was 22 when she joined her first modelling agency. The first thing she was asked to do was to loose weight. 4 months later having lost a stone, that same agency weren’t satisfied and wanted Rosie ‘down to the bone’.

Rosie Nelson

Rosie has written very eloquently and bravely about her experiences and talks about events like London Fashion Week putting so much pressure on young girls and boys to be thin just for their job as models. We all know in fashion modelling can be a very lonely place especially when you work a lot away from family and friends and your usual support network. Rosie’s message has become that modelling agencies have a responsibility to the well being of the girls on the catwalk at fashion week and in the industry as a whole and last week she had her voice finally heard when she delivered a petition signed by over 113,000 and spoke at the official all Party Parlimentary enquiry on body image on December 1st.

Rosie is looking for a law to be enacted to protect young models from being pressurised into becoming dangerously thin.

Read Rosie’s views in the Independent here and read more about Rosie’s petition on where you can support this cause close to all our hearts in the image industry.

Balmain x H&M Collaboration

This week social media went into overdrive and hashtag meltdown as the much anticipated collaboration of Balmain for H&M landed in shops this morning (Nov 5th)! We previously learned of the pairing back in May when we were introduced to two pieces from the collection but this week it is official, H&M has established itself as a ‘fast fashion’ king with it’s latest collection from a fashion great – Balmain. Following on from hugely successful collaborations with the likes of Isabel Marant, Alexander Wang and Lanvin we have been waiting with bated breadth to see what’s in store and it has not disappointed.

Stylists, Image Consultants and fellow fashion lovers here’s our Top Tip Must Knows for shopping the collection!

  1. The collection went on sale on November 5th at 8am online (US time). All retail stores opened at 8am on the 5th to launch the collection. (Check with your local store to see if it is stocked as not every store will have the privilege).
  2. Purchases online are limited to one style per customer.
  3. Purchases instore are limited to two styles per customer.
  4. Returns in the original form of payment or exchanges are offered until Nov. 8 (with receipt and a valid photo ID) for purchased items from the collection in stores. After Nov. 8, all refunds will be issued as store credit at the current selling price.
  5. Accessories are not returnable for hygiene reasons.

Here are some of our favourite looks from the collection to share with you.


Balmain’s Creative Director, Olivier Rousteing, said. “H&M allows me the unique possibility of bringing everyone into the world of Balmain, get a piece of the dream and create a global #HMBalmaination: a movement of togetherness, fueled on a hashtag. The collaboration felt extremely natural to me: H&M is a brand that everybody connects to. It calls for unity, and I am all for it.”


This amazing beaded jacket (above) can be worn dressed down or closed (if you have the legs!) and worn as a dress. A unique piece for your wardrobe.




All images courtesy of See the Balmain catwalk looks that inspired the collection here.


FIPI Goes to London Fashion Weekend

Saatchi Gallery

London’s most fashionable weekend was back this year and FIPI Members got together to experience first hand the fashion and be part of what is the biggest week in the fashion calendar.  Finding a new home this year at the beautiful Saatchi Gallery, which is renowned for its incredible displays and dedication to seeking new talents in contemporary art.  There were over 150 designers to browse through, top catwalk shows plus behind-the-scenes talks and panel discussion including on of our favourites, listening to the advice of NET-A-PORTER founder Natalie Massenet and London-based fashion designers such as Anya Hindmarch and Bella Freud. 

Thank you to all members who came along and made this such a great day, inspiring new ideas, connections and a fresh motivation to inject into our businesses!

Keep an eye on our events page for more events happening or if you have anything you think would be of interest for members to know about email [email protected].



Julie x