Current Dragon and owner of Kelly Hoppen Interiors, Kelly is one of the newest recruits to the Den alongside Piers Linney. A dedicated supporter of good causes and the championing and nurturing of younger and older British entrepreneurs, Kelly is an ambassador for the Prince's Trust and the Prince's 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.
'Inspiring Entrepreneurs: From Battlefield to Business' was run in partnership with the British Library, Heropreneurs, Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity and ABF The Soldiers' Charity, British Legion, Franchising Works and Help for Heroes.
The event was held to inspire and encourage members of the Armed Forces to consider starting up a business once they have left the services and to signpost the support services available to them, including the British Library Business & IP Centre.
Panel included: Ben Brabyn, Peter Fitchett, Sarah- Jane Hill, Matthew Rock (moderator), Mark Palmer and Stephen Fear (British Library Entrepreneurs in Residence).