Harriet Kelsall is one of the most respected bespoke designers and business trailblazers working in the UK jewellery industry. She is the 2016 HSBC Forward Ladies “Retail Business Woman of the Year”, Everywoman’s “Retail Woman of the Year” in 2011, one of the IoD Director Magazine’s six “Women who have most changed the business world” in 2014 and is a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths and of the City of London. She is the chair of the National Association of Jewellers and a non executive director for the Responsible Jewellery Council and the British Hallmarking Council. She founded her business, Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery, in 1998 from her kitchen table, and it has 3 branch studios, a team of 40 and over 30 awards. Harriet has revolutionised design within the industry, and triggered an explosion in bespoke jewellery with her “Real design for the High Street” concept stores in central Cambridge and Primrose Hill in London. As a champion for ethics, she helped launch Fairtrade Gold worldwide and her business was the first in the world to be both Fairtrade licensed and certified by the Responsible Jewellery Council. She is a regular keynote speaker on small business responsibility and ethics nationally and internationally at events including the BITC leadership summit and the Fair Luxury Conference, and judges the national CSR Awards (now known as the Global Good Awards). Harriet speaks up about equality for women within the workplace, on boards and also about maternity issues for entrepreneurs. Harriet is passionate about helping creative business flourish and mentors other start-ups. Her book, The Creative’s Guide to Starting a Business, has just won at the 2019 Business Book Awards. As a successful dyslexic, she is an inspiration to others whose talents lie in creativity and business innovation.Read more Read less
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