Designer and entrepreneur Kelly Hoppen joined the panel of BBC2's Dragon's Den for it's 11th series, bringing her distinct style and experience of building a global brand to the programme.
As a 16-year-old with a passion for design, Kelly's first major project was designing a family friend’s kitchen. It was a modest commission but was her first milestone on the road to her becoming an entrepreneur, and it kick-started one of the most stellar careers in the design industry.
Kelly’s style has its origins in a fusion of East meets West, with clean lines and neutral tones blending warmth with opulence.
Kelly has received numerous design awards and the proudest point in her career came in 2009, when she received an MBE for her services to interior design. She has put her design stamp on the homes, yachts and jets of private clients, and her designs have been chosen for prestigious commercial projects worldwide, including hotels, restaurants and offices.
With over three decades of design experience, Kelly’s expertise is highly sought after and she has indulged her entrepreneurial instincts in many ways. The author of seven design books, Kelly is currently working on her eighth and, devoted to making her design ethos accessible, she shares her knowledge and expertise in the Kelly Hoppen Design School. She has also fronted Channel 5's 2011 'Superior Interiors' series.
The Kelly Hoppen brand, with quality, simplicity and timeless elegance as its core values, has collaborated with manufacturers to create a wider product collection consisting of home accessories, furniture, lighting, fabrics, paints, wallpaper, wall art, candles and scents, available worldwide.
A dedicated supporter of good causes and champion of entrepreneurs, Kelly is an ambassador for the Princes Trust and the Princes Initiative for Mature Enterprise. Kelly is also a proud ambassador for the Government’s GREAT campaign and works with UK Trade & Investment mentoring small and medium sized businesses.