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Young Interior Designer sets business flying

Emma Shaw graduated from Nottingham Trent University in 2001 with a degree in Industrial Management. Even though she had a keen interest in soft furnishings from a young age, she didn’t expect to follow this path because of her chosen educational route. But when Emma bought her first house, she decided to make all her own furnishings and this reignited the interior design bug she’d always had.

Wanting to develop her skills and flex her creative fingertips,  Emma enrolled on a soft furnishings Diploma course and has never looked back since. She’s now the proud owner of a soft furnishings business which is thriving and experiencing high demand. She’s recently taken on her first employee and launched a brand new website www.ecclesbourneinteriors.com Emma is an example to many young people wanting to challenge themselves and proof that positive things can come thick and fast if you work hard. Enjoy her interview… Continue reading

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This could be you at graduation!

If your thinking of a change in career or have a burning desire to brush up on your interior design skills don’t let the niggles hold you back from making yourself successful. Do your research, make sure you know what you want out of your study and take the leap of design!

Below are pictures of interior design students who graduated last year from The National Design Academy, who specialise in Interior design distance learning courses from Diploma to Degree level.They’re also fully validated by Staffordshire University and recognised leaders in distance learning. This could be you!

These students decided to better themselves and are proof that if you believe in yourself you can achieve great success. Have a scroll through our archives and look at the numerous articles about distance learning, business advice, higher education and career changes to help you make up your mind and widen your knowledge before you take the plunge. Or feel free to contact thedesignhub if you need any more advice!

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Taking the leap of Design – Karen Lane talks interiors

After she couldn’t resist anymore, Karen Lane took the leap of design and is now running a successful interior design business, Autograph Interior Designs. Karen left college without any qualifications, but that didn’t stop her, she was determined to become a great interior designer and started a Diploma course at The National Design Academy in 2007. After flying through the course she progressed onto the Foundation Degree qualification and is now studying a BA Hons in Interior Design. Her story is inspirational and proves that anyone with enough belief can achieve success. Kick your shoes off and enjoy her interview… Continue reading

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After she couldn’t resist anymore, Karen Lane took the leap of design and is now running a successful interior design business, Autograph Interior Designs. Karen left college without any qualifications, but that didn’t stop her, she was determined to become a great interior designer and started a Diploma course at The National Design Academy in 2007. After flying through the course she progressed onto the Foundation Degree qualification and is now studying a BA Hons in Interior Design. Her story is inspirational and proves that anyone with enough belief can achieve success. Kick your shoes off and enjoy her interview…

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Top 10 Cheap PR Trick to kickstart small businesses

Top Tip #9

Offer your services as volunteer speaker at various events. You will be highly regarded by your peers and portray yourself as a respected professional with a respected business.

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Robin Birch on business finance and his first lecture at the NDA

I just thought I’d introduce myself and say hello. I’m Robin Birch and I’ve just joined the NDA as its Finance Director. Well, I’ve been in post just a couple of weeks now, so I’m still very much the newbie!

I was a bit puzzled when James (NDA Private Clients Practice Manager) and Natasha (Tutor) sidled up to my desk the other week – ordinarily creative folk keep well away from the finance director’s office unless they want to buy something [smiley]  But hey, pleasant surprise they wanted me to take a slot in the commercial workshop which ran on the 15th Feb. I’m happy to share my commercial experience, just hope students are happy to listen! Continue reading

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Last chance! – All students enrolling prior to July 2012 will still receive funding

After all the uncertainty around university fees and funding of recent weeks, we now know that all students enrolling prior to July 2012 will still receive funding, keeping their fees below the increased figures announced from 2012.

When you start a Foundation Degree at The National Design Academy (specialists in Interior Design distance learning courses) before July 2012,  you may still progress to a BA (Hons) on completion of the Foundation Degree with lower fees*. So there has never been a better time to embark on a degree in interior design.

You can enrol with the National Design Academy now to keep your fees as low as possible by visiting their website www.nda.ac.uk. You can also find lots more information about  NDA workshops and open days.

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Change your career without giving up the day job

MANY OF US find ourselves treading water at one time or another and toying with the option of changing careers. It’s easy to think, however the practicalities of giving up your current job and plunging back into full-time education is for many people, impossible. But there is a solution, you can study at home and in your own time through distance learning. Continue reading

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