Entrepreneur wins business award thanks to Motiv8-ional housing association!
Published by amicushorizon for AmicusHorizon Group in Housing
AmicusHorizon chief executive Paul Hackett and Kathryn Rennie
An entrepreneurial artist who restores original features in buildings to their former glory has scooped a top business award.
Mum-of-two, Kathryn Rennie, set up her architectural and decorative restoration business, Fresco London, with the help of AmicusHorizon’s Motiv8+ programme.
And just seven months after completing the enterprise programme she won the Best Creative Business award at the Grassroots Enterprise Conference. The ceremony was held in north London on May 1.
Kathryn, from Anerley, is a specialist decorative painter and restoration expert. Her work includes creating bespoke murals for buildings, renewing old or damaged murals and gilding ceiling roses.
She has worked in commercial and private properties, including the historic Canterbury Hotel in Kent which has been Grade II listed for its architectural interest.
The Motiv8+ team helped Kathryn with her business plan, branding, marketing and networking.
Kathryn said: "The Motiv8+ team were there as a safety net. When you’ve somebody to talk to and they’re supporting you it makes a massive difference. You don’t feel on your own. It was a shock to win the award, but it’s given me a real confidence boost."
Richard Lanning, Director Enterprise CUBE, said: "The creative business category was one of the most competitive but the range and quality of Kathryn’s work won over the judges. Her business Fresco London offers everything from bronzes, to gilt work and even restoration of fine art pieces."
Paul Hackett, AmicusHorizon’s Chief Executive, said: "I’m delighted Kathryn has won the Creative Business Award. She’s a great example of the amazing skills and talents our residents possess. We’re so pleased our Motiv8+ programme has given her the confidence to succeed."
Kathryn continues to receive support from the Motiv8+ team and says having somebody to turn to has been a massive help.
Tom Arkle, Project Officer at AmicusHorizon, added: "Kathryn has shown that when your passion to succeed matches your skills anyone can start up a business."