26th February 2008                                                


Art graduate wins £10,000 technology award

A University of Lincoln graduate has won £10,000 to create a design your dream home website for her clients.

Art and Design Foundation graduate Katharine Armstrong-Short demonstrated to judges of an East Midlands business competition that she will use new technology to create a website that will provide affordable design schemes to create your ideal home. She currently manages her own interior design and home staging business, called Style Guide, based at Sparkhouse, the University of Lincoln’s business support centre.

The competition was managed by internet solutions provider EMNET, and funded by the East Midlands Development Agency and the European Regional Development Fund. With awards presented to small medium enterprises which clearly demonstrated how they would benefit from receiving the funding for a technology project.

Katharine plans for the site to eventually consist of more than 1,000 designs covering each room of the house. Using option lists customers will be able to create their dream home by selecting the room and style they would like to design. They will also be able to choose the material they wish to use and any particular colour preferences. Customers can then purchase the design to find out what the components are and order the materials they require to be delivered.

Katharine set up her business with the help and support that Sparkhouse provides including a business base and a business support and mentoring scheme.

Katharine said: “Studying the Art Foundation course not only improved the quality of my design work but also helped to develop the creative thinking necessary to win this award.  Without Sparkhouse I would never have known that the award existed. Sparkhouse is constantly finding opportunities to improve its tenants’ chances of business improvement, with a great deal of success.  Its help is invaluable.”

For more information please visit Katherine’s website at: www.style-guide.co.uk 

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Katherine Armstrong-Short