Sheffield designer gets Royal seal of approval

Sheffield based designer Kelly Marie Redhead received recognition as a young entrepreneur by the Duke of York.
Sheffield based designer Kelly Marie Redhead received recognition as a young entrepreneur by the Duke of York.
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Her fabulous wedding dresses have already made heads turn in the fashion world - and now a Sheffield designer has got the Royal seal of approval.

Kelly Marie Redhead has achieved the Duke of York Entrepreneur Award for her company, KMR Bespoke Bridal Designer.

The Sheffield Hallam University graduate attended an award ceremony at the University of Huddersfield, where His Royal Highness presented her with the accolade in recognition of her remarkable entrepreneurship whilst at university.

Kelly, of Springvale Road, Crookes, was one of ten student or graduate finalists who set up a stand to exhibit their business to the Duke, who asked about their ventures in depth.

She said: “Having the opportunity to speak to the Duke and explain my business and what I do was fantastic.

“I was able to showcase some of my products and he in return offered me some great advice on how to expand and grow my business further in the future.”

Kelly has already grown her business by creating an online shop, where brides across the country can now buy handmade accessories for their big day.

She said: “I’m really pleased with the new exciting expansion of my business.

“It’s great to be able to provide more brides around the country with that finishing touch to go with their dress, which is made in Britain.”

Kelly was nominated for the award by the Sheffield Hallam Enterprise Team, which helped her get her business idea up and running.

She graduated in 2013 and has already been featured in British Vogue magazine and Vogue Italia.

She was also a finalist in the Best Student Designer of the Year category at the 2013 National Bridal Buyer Awards.