I was delighted to be asked by Red Magazine to host a mentoring session this week for their ‘Smart Women Week’ this week which seeks to empower women to live smarter.
Meeting a group of women all starting their own businesses or looking for advice on how to do so, it was rewarding to be able to share my own insights and experiences to help these women to know how to achieve these goals and pitfalls to avoid along the way. Continue reading →
When dressing for work every day, it’s so easy to get consumed by the stresses of what to wear. The most important thing to keep in mind when balancing dressing for work and allowing your identity to show through your clothes is keeping your own personal touches at the forefront.
With August now behind us, it’s time to look toward the latter end of the year. Our minds are pre-occupied with the outdoors during the Summer months with everyone making the most of the warmer weather. However, as we turn into September we spend more time indoors and we want to make our homes comfortable and cosy places to spend your time.
The life of an entrepreneur can be a stressful one but a rewarding one, and I can certainly vouch for both sides!
With a successful business comes difficult decisions, financial pressure and a need to keep ahead of the competition. But it’s also exciting, unpredictable and extremely rewarding which is why it’s important to enjoy what you do. I’m lucky; I’m passionate and completely in love with my job and that certainly makes things a lot easier to manage.
This year, I’m supporting an initiative called Britain’s Top Real Role Model, a nationwide competition run by Amway UK Ltd to uncover Britain’s unsung entrepreneurial heroes. Together we are searching for an aspiring Passionpreneur – someone who has set up a business related to a hobby or passion of theirs – to win a £5,000 investment for their business.
This June, I was honoured to be invited to the Business of Luxury Design (BOLD) Summit in California. It was my first time I Palm Springs and I totally fell I love with it. It was like going back in time, with the vintage cars vintage stores and the architecture, all set in totally desert like surrounding was unbelievable! The only thing that was hard to get used to was the Heat… It was 90 degrees at night – it was quite unbelievable!
One of London’s most iconic events and one of my personal favourites, I’m thrilled to share that we’re displaying my collection of Home Jewellery at RHS Chelsea Flower Show. I’ve collaborated with Absolute Flowers and Home to create a display that showcases my current and new collections of beautiful ceramics and glassware – including some new colourful arrivals.
As an advocate of design, I’m thrilled to have a Kelly Hoppen London concession at Redbrick in West Yorkshire. This has allowed me to bring my Art of Home to the North of England and be closer to our Yorkshire customer. I’ve been designing for 40 years and I’m glad that I’m now able to reach a new area of my customers!
As a former Dragon, I’m constantly being asked on Twitter and Facebook by small business on how to succeed in today’s economy. I may have shed my ‘Dragon’ wings, but I’m still here to help out with business advice!
I wanted to pass on my top five career tips to succeed in small business – I hope these help out!
Inspiring Women – A fantastic morning at the Tate Modern
I had the pleasure and privilege of being invited to an event at the Tate Modern for Inspiring Women. Created by Miriam González Durántez, the event was a great opportunity for women to meet the younger generation and pass on tit-bits of advice and the some of the knowledge we’ve gained over our careers. Organised with the help of my dear friend Amanda Berry OBE and BAFTA, it was a fantastic event.
Since October 2013, the campaign has gone across the country and has hosted events with women in the fields of Finance, Fashion, Medicine, Manufacturing, Technology, Sport – and now the Arts. As an ambassador for Great Britain and a women in the arts I was delighted to be invited to come along and I feel strongly about our younger generation – they are our future after all. In attendance were some other great names, such as Kanya King OBE, Sue Peart and representatives from BBC, Bank of America and Warner Bros.
Now with over 15,000 members, the organisation has amassed a vast network of individuals who are excited to be involved and rightfully so. I was truly inspired by the drive and tenacity of these young people. I spoke to girls as young as 13 and 14 who wanted to become doctors and even one young novelist who treated us to a small snippet of her story – although I wish it was longer as I could have listened all day.
I was blown away with how many watched Dragons’ Den and had the ambition to get into the business and the arts – and wanted to succeed! It was fantastic to hear that the girls’ knew the importance of having a mentor and they said they had this relationship with their teachers. I’m an advocate for mentors so this really made me happy.
All in all, Inspiring Women is a terrific organisation which I’m thrilled to be associated with. If you’d like to learn more about their campaign or to join the network, click here to find out more. Hopefully together we can all be positive role models for our future and inspire these girls to be everything they want to be.