Kelly Hoppen: Quitting Dragons' Den was best decision

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 14 July 2015
Kelly Hoppen

Kelly Hoppen

Former Dragons' Den star Kelly Hoppen says quitting the show was the best choice for her as she focuses on spending time on her first love - interior design

Kelly Hoppen believes quitting 'Dragons' Den' was the "best decision" she has ever made.

The 55-year-old interior designer and former Dragon on the hit BBC show for two series unexpectedly quit so she could focus on spending time with her family and expanding her interior design website and insists she has no regrets about the decision.

She said: "Leaving was the best decision I ever made. I absolutely loved being on the show, but each pitch takes between one and one and a half hours and we do 100 of them over 20 days.

"You have to make investments in the people in front of you and they might not be the things you'd choose normally. When you invest, you've got to help run the business. I made a choice that I have one life and I'm trying to find more time, rather than fill my time."

And the entrepreneur revealed she may even head over to the US as she she wants to move into designing film sets.

She told HELLO! magazine: "I've pretty much ticked every box in terms of what I've wanted to design. I've done mansions, planes, boats, a hotel, even a gypsy caravan. I'm in talks about possibly doing film sets. It's a lot of work but I'm embracing different creative outlets."

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