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
The competition was managed by internet solutions provider EMNET, and funded by
the East Midlands Development Agency
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.”
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