Kate Bell (entrepreneur)

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Kate Bell
Born Katrina Louise Bell
(1979-10-04) October 4, 1979 (age 41)
Southampton, UK
Alma mater Southampton City College
Occupation Businesswoman

Kate Bell is a British businesswoman and founder of Zip Us In, a British manufacturer and retailer of clothing expansion products.[1]

Early life and education

Kate was born on 4th October, 1979 in Southampton. She attended the Southampton City College where she took A-Levels in English, Performing Arts and Phycology.[2]


Kate started her career with a job in sales in Snows Office Supplies. Later, she took a role with Newsquest and stepped in to media sales with the Southern Property Advertiser.[3]

In 2004, Kate registered her first company Fate Promotions Limited.[4][1] In 2013, when Kate was pregnant, she developed an idea for a new and innovative product; a panel of fabric that could expand her own jacket, saving on the cost of a maternity coat. This product would enable Kate to continue wearing the jacket she already loved during pregnancy and also to expand her jacket around her daughter when in a carrier. When the development of this product came the birth of Kate’s second company, Zip Us In limited.[5] The company experienced rapid growth and what started as a side line to Kate's career, turned in to a successful international brand in a very short space of time.[3][6][7]

Kate continues to run both business, as well as being an active director for NIPA Baby Limited, a non-profit organisation that works to support independent Nursery brands across the UK.[8] According to her, she enjoys keeping fit, completing a number of sporting events during her lifetime including the Brighton Marathon, the Nuts Challenge and the New Forest half marathon.[9]


  • 2017: Barclays Entrepreneur of the Year Award[3]


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Four women who failed their GCSEs tell us how they found success in business". The Sun (United Kingdom). https://www.thesun.co.uk/fabulous/7059017/these-successful-businesswoman-failed-their-gcses/. Retrieved 10 February 2019. 
  2. "Kate Bell, Director at Zip Us In". LinkedIn. https://www.linkedin.com/in/kate-bell-494a2a29/. Retrieved 10 February 2019. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Kate Bell, designer of award-winning maternity wear, crowned South East Entrepreneur of the Year". Southern Daily Echo. https://www.dailyecho.co.uk/news/15424156.mum-zips-up-top-business-award-with-maternity-wear/. Retrieved 10 February 2019. 
  4. "We are your voice". Official website. http://www.fatepromotions.co.uk/what-we-do.php. Retrieved 10 February 2019. 
  5. "Zip Us In - New Forest Business Partnership". https://www.nfbp.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Zip-Us-In.pdf. Retrieved 10 February 2019. 
  6. "Why late payments need to be tackled now for the benefit of SMEs" (in en). https://bdaily.co.uk/articles/2018/10/23/why-late-payments-need-to-be-tackled-now-for-the-benefit-of-smes. Retrieved 10 February 2019. 
  7. "Make your management fit for growth". University of Cambridge. https://www.jbs.cam.ac.uk/entrepreneurship/programmes/sme-growth/. Retrieved 10 February 2019. 
  8. "Prompt Payment Code should be made compulsory and payment terms halved". Association of Accounting Technicians. https://www.aat.org.uk/aat-news/aat-prompt-payment-code-should-be-made-compulsory-and-payment-terms-halved. 
  9. "Kate Bell of Zipusin on Becoming a Mumpreneur". https://www.onesmallhuman.co.uk/kate-bell-zipusin-mumpreneur/. Retrieved 10 February 2019.