Friday, 30 March 2012

Interiors & Lifestyle Futures' talent win IDEA Birmingham showcase

A very nice piece recently in the always insightful and entertaining Birmingham Post blog by Beverley Nielsen. Beverley is spearheading the IDEA Birmingham initiative. This future showcase at Birmingham’s Mailbox will feature much of the region’s innovative design talent.

And, we are absolutely thrilled to see so many of the alumni (!) of Interiors & Lifestyle Futures’ Discovery, Visioning and Venture programmes have made the grade following a rigorous Dragon’s Den-style grilling.

Congratulations to Alev Dervish (Coco’s Closet), Stephanie Parker (Made of Memories), Jo Hancox (Sit on My Face), Alina and Ammara Masood (Cofi Coo), Sara Page (Sara Page Design), Kate Farley, Hannah Fewtrell –Bolton, Angela Burman (Angela Burman Fine Art), Penelope Jordan and Dorota Grabkowska.

“It is emerging talent like this as well as our established brands that IDEA Birmingham is aiming to showcase at the forthcoming Birmingham Design EXPO 15th-22nd June, at the Mailbox Birmingham,” writes Beverley.
Children's brand Cofi Coo launched through the ILF Venture start up programme 

“For the 20 or so young people that we saw at our Dragon's Den event as part of the IDEA Birmingham project last week we are looking, most of all, to give our aspiring entrepreneurs the chance to 'just do it' and have a go. But we want to ensure that they do this with some focused support helping them to make the most of their prodigious talent ,” adds Beverley

Jo Hancox

Here: to find out more about the individuals and to read Beverley’s Birmingham Post piece in full
Here: for more about IDEA Birmingham