and art make good business sense
spices in a carton and art in public spaces are the winners
of the Forward Group's business plan competition. The
ideas were selected by the judges for business potential,
market awareness and originality.
art student Sophie Hammer's idea of an arts promotion
agency Plinth moving more art into mainstream
spaces, such as cinema entrances and café bars,
will get a dry run with her final year exhibition, being
held in the Light shopping centre.
said: "The competition's an amazing opportunity for
students there's not usually much support for original
careers. It's great to get this kind of encouragemant
to strike out on your own."
Parmar's company Kitchen Guru also claimed a prize of
£3,500 and support from the Forward Group. She and
her husband have developed cartons of pre-mixed spices
to make cooking Indian food easy, from well-known dishes
such as tikka marsala and korma madras to less familiar
recipes like prawn in hot and sweet sauce.
Guru plans to start production this month, selling the
cartons through small specialist shops.
Parmar (pictured right) said: "I'm ecstatic
about winning. I've long been asked for recipes and can
now say 'try this', without all the hassle of finding
competition was organised by Leeds Innovations and judged
by Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir Alan Wilson, vice-chair
of corporate finance at KPMG, William Nabarro, and chair
of Forward Group, Ray Chamberlain. The awards will be
presented at a ceremony on July 9.
more information about Plinth contact email@example.com
Kitchen Guru can be contacted on 0113 266 9390.