We caught up with Kelly Hoppen after the products she created together with Prince's Trust talent Fay Martin were launched. She shared her highlights of the Tomorrow campaign, the reasons behind the products that they created, and her belief in the importance of mentoring young people in business.
Q. Why did you get involved with the Tomorrow campaign?
Kelly: "Simply because it’s a cause close to my heart. Looking at the rate of unemployment amongst young people, I just felt that something had to be done.
"I think that the more role models there are the more it will help to inspire young people. Having talked to other ambassadors who have been involved for a while has made me see how everyone seems so empowered."
Q. What has been the highlight of the campaign for you?
Kelly "The highlight has been working with Fay and seeing her develop throughout our time working together. She is an inspiration. I feel excited about the future work I can do."
Q. What influenced the designs for the cushion and throw?
Kelly "This year has been a big year for Great Britain and we wanted to honour this which is why we chose the crown design. However it was also important for us to focus on the season which is why we chose soft, warm fabrics whilst allowing Fay to come forward and use her own design skills."
Q. Why did you and Fay decide to create these products specifically?
Kelly "We had to create something that fitted in well with my line of products on QVC and we wanted it to be about comfort, focusing on winter which why we decided on the cushion and throw."
Q. Why do you think it’s important to mentor young people in business?
Kelly "There are so many brilliant entrepreneurs and if everyone helps and becomes a role model to an aspiring entrepreneur then we will help to reduce rates of unemployment and help these young people to achieve greatness, after all they are our future.
"I really do feel that it’s vital to capture young people’s talents and give them a chance to explore the business world of today in an area they are passionate about, but mostly to give them confidence."
Q. What’s your advice for a young person who has an idea for a business?
Kelly "Follow your passion, believe in your gut and be tenacious. Nothing is ever is ever too big and nothing is ever big enough!"