Harriet Kelsall: The Creative’s Guide to Starting a Business

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Passionate about helping creative businesses flourish, jeweller and businesswoman Harriet Kelsall has written a book on the subject called “The Creative's Guide to Starting a Business: How to turn your talent into a career”, published by Robinson.

Harriet will be telling her story and explaining how her business ‘broke the mould’ of traditional high street jewellers through her pioneering approach to bespoke jewellery design.

As someone who successfully turned her passion into her profession, Harriet will share tips that she has learnt from her own journey, from mentoring creatives and from the research she conducted for her book whereby she interviewed successful entrepreneurs who turned their passion into their own successful, creative business.

The Creative’s Guide to Starting a Business: How to turn your talent into a career is an indispensable guide that offers easy to follow advice from talented and accomplished industry experts, including Keith Brymer Jones (BBC 2’s The Great British Pottery Throw Down), Richard Weston (BBC 2’s Britain’s Next Big Thing), Anna Scholz, and many more.

Following the talk, Harriet will be taking questions from the audience as well as signing copies of her new book.

'A book to devour from start to finish - easy to do as it is accessibly-written and oh so fascinating - and then to dip into later for reference.' - Joanna Reeves


7.30pm Nibble, drink, mingle, and chat

8pm Intro, talk, and Q&A

9pm End of talk session, another chance to chat

9:30pm Kick out! Head home with new ideas and new contacts


More about Harriet…

Harriet founded her business – Harriet Kelsall Bespoke Jewellery –from her kitchen table in 1998. She has successfully grown her company, now employing 36 people across 3 locations, and it is internationally celebrated, with many national awards to its name for design, business, ethics and retail.

Harriet is one of the most respected bespoke designers and business trailblazers working in the UK jewellery industry today. She is the chair of the National Association of Jewellers and a non-executive director for both the Responsible Jewellery Council and the British Hallmarking Council.

Harriet is also a regular keynote speaker on ethics and CSR, advised the government on jewellery skills as part of the Creative and Cultural Skills Academy, and speaks nationally and internationally about responsible business.

Shortlisted for the 2019 Business Book Awards - taking place the night before this talk!