The Copra Awards Lunch

Dear friends,  we do hope you enjoyed this year’s Copra Awards Lunch, this year’s event was one of our most successful, and we were delighted to welcome nearly 400 guests to the fabulous Dorchester Hotel. Each year we congratulate and pay tribute to some of the Best of the Best, in beauty and fragrance with our highly acclaimed Copra Awards.  Thank you for your continued support with our fund raising efforts, we are pleased to announce we raised over £3,600 for our charity Look Good Feel Better. Thank you to all our sponsors for their generosity.  It was a day to celebrate with our colleagues and we were thrilled to be able to share it with all of our winners and guests. We do hope you enjoy this year’s Copra Awards Lunch photos.

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The Copra Ball

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Copra welcomed over 650 of the most influential Beauty Industry insiders to its annual Ball at the fabulous Park Plaza Hotel, Westminster Bridge, London on Thursday 9th November 2017….

This year’s ‘Hollywood Red Carpet’ event was Glitzy and Glamorous. Copra welcomed its guests to a fabulous drinks reception, where they were greeted by the elegant ‘Top Hat and Tails Hollywood Dancers’. Everyone had plenty of fun, and of course, dancing into the early hours.

This is the Beauty Industry’s Christmas Party and Fundraiser for Look Good Feel better….  The night was a fabulous success; Copra would like to thank all of its wonderful supporters and sponsors.

A big thank you to goes out to everyone, for helping us achieve this year’s total funds raised of £40K for our Industry charity Look Good Feel Better, helping men, women and teenagers Face Cancer with Confidence.

Furthermore Copra would like to thank everyone involved for their kindness and continued support and look forward to welcoming everyone to the 2018 events.

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The Copra Awards Lunch

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The Roaring Twenties at the Copra Ball

Copra welcomed over 650 of the most influential Beauty Industry insiders to its annual Ball at the fabulous Park Plaza, Westminster Bridge, London on Thursday 10th November.

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Meet Copra

Pure Beauty talks to Debbie Trumper, Copra’s consultant and Camila Pascucci,  the Copra Secretary about the inaugural Retail Consultant Awards and what we can expect from Copra in the future.

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Meet the Retail Consultants

Pure Beauty talks to Anthony Lewis, MAC Business Manager at Beales, and Paris Cressy, Dior Counter Manager at Jarrolds, about working in beauty retail and what it means to be a 2016 Copra Retail Consultant of the Year Awards winner.

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Meet the Buyer at Debenhams

Sarah Edwards

Sarah Edwards, Cosmetics Senior Operations Manager at Debenhams, talks to Pure Beauty about her role and what she’s most excited about bringing to consumers in the near future.

How did you become the Cosmetics Senior Operations Manager?
I started my career with C&A as a Merchandiser, which gave me a good grounding in stock management and how to work front of house. I joined Debenhams 25 years ago as a Personnel Manager and after ten years, I found I had an interest in cosmetics. A role became available in head office to manage the staffing budget and I took it. Since then, my position has evolved into what’s become an operations role.

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Meet the buyer at Boots

Julia Simpson

Pure Beauty talks to Julia Simpson, Boots Premium Beauty Buyer and COPRA’s new Chairman, about the business of beauty buying

How did you become a beauty buyer?

I’ve worked at Boots for about 18 years and have loved every minute. I started in the gifting team and have worked on a wide range of other categories, including food, health care and on In 2012 when I was asked to join the premium beauty team I jumped at the chance, but who wouldn’t?

What specific skills and characteristics do you need in your role?

It is an incredibly busy time in the world of premium beauty so being able to juggle lots of balls is a must. You also need a lot of patience as well as great communication skills to ensure everything lands brilliantly.

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Meet the Beauty Buyer at

Rakesh Aggarwal

Pure Beauty talks to Rakesh Aggarwal, Founder and CEO of about the business of beauty buying.

Can you tell us about your role?

I’m the Founder and CEO of and still actively involved in buying for the business. I attend all of the brand strategy meetings and work closely on the selection of new brands and products that we will list.

What do you regard as the most exciting beauty launches over the past year?

The exclusive launch of La Roche-Posay Serozinc was very exciting. The PR campaign got lots of exposure for the brand and we sold out of the initial batch within hours. We had anticipated that it would do well but it exceeded our expectations. We re-stocked quickly to meet the demand and La Roche- Posay was thrilled with the response. We want to work on more exclusive launches, especially serum and oil launches, which have been huge recently in terms of sales.

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Meet the Beauty Buyer at de Gruchy department store

Samantha Nesbitt

Pure Beauty talks to Samantha Nesbitt, Buyer at de Gruchy department store, Jersey, about the business of beauty buying.

How did you become a beauty buyer?

I have always been interested in buying and retail. I completed a Consumer Studies degree and while I was working in a buying role, I completed a MCIPS through the Chartered Institute of Purchasing & Supply. I started my current role four years ago.

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Meet the Beauty Buyer at Harrods

Vesa Kalho

In June’s Meet the Buyer article, Vesa Kalho, Perfumery & Cosmetics Buyer at Harrods, talks about the business of beauty buying.

How did you become the Perfumery & Cosmetics Buyer at Harrods?

I have been in the Harrods beauty department for over 13 years. I started on the shop floor and progressed to the buying office, first as a Beauty Apothecary Assistant Buyer and after a couple of years I was promoted to Beauty Apothecary Buyer. In February 2014 I was promoted to my current Perfumery & Cosmetics Buyer position.

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Meet the Buyer at Jarrolds

Suzie Abel

Q. How did you become a beauty buyer?
A. In the mid 1970s, I moved to Wells-next-the-Sea in North Norfolk, having worked for Air France at Heathrow for several years. When my daughter started school, I started working in a small local department store where the owner decided to install a beauty department and asked me to head it up. After a while, I wanted to work in a larger, busier environment and took the role of YSL counter manager in Jarrolds in the late 80s. Fortunately, this led to the role of Beauty Buyer.

Q. What specific skills do you need as a beauty buyer?
A. An awareness of innovation and trends, a passion for the industry, good negotiation skills and the ability to be pleasantly tough! Networking and attending industry events is essential, and this is where Copra (Cosmetic & Perfumery Retailers Association) has been invaluable.

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Copra Ball

  • Social Event
Copra Ball
Thursday 8th November, 2018
Venue: Park Plaza Hotel, Westminster Bridge, London, SE1 7UT
Contact: Camilla Pascucci

Copra Lunch

  • Social Event
Copra Awards Lunch
Wednesday 22nd May, 2019
Venue: The Dorchester Hotel, 53 Park Lane, London,
Contact: Camilla Pascucci

Member Meeting

  • Meeting
Members' Meeting
Thursday 17th January, 2019
Venue: Coty (UK), 5 St George's Road, Wimbledon, SW19 4DR
Contact: Camilla Pascucci