Boost for fledgling Norwich business
Elaine MaslinA fledgling business creating and selling handmade wall art lightboxes has been given a boost by a group of Norwich firms.Elaine Maslin
A fledgling business creating and selling handmade wall art lightboxes has been given a boost by a group of Norwich firms.
Laura Garrow, 23, impressed the judges at the Norwich University College of the Arts (NUCA) Brainchild contest with her contemporary, design-led products and understanding of her products' markets.
She creates a range of handmade wall art lightboxes, which span from affordable window hangings to bespoke LED-backed artwork.
Her prize was a fund worth about �5,000, including �750 cash and 20 hours of mentoring between six mentors from leading local businesses including Steeles Law, Barclays, Lovewell Blake, Farrows Design Agency and Selesti Web Design.
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It is the second year the contest has run. It is designed to help students to progress their business concepts.
Second place went to a concept called KlubbClub - invented by two students who produce design-led products including clothing, bags and prints.
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KlubbClub was rewarded with �250 and 10 hours of mentoring (equal to around �2,000).
Joanna Smalley, a solicitor in the disputes team at Steeles Law, judged the contest and will provide ongoing mentoring to the winners.
She said: 'Our firm has been involved in the Brainchild contest since it began last year and I was really impressed with how polished the applicants were and look forward to next year's entries.'