Victoria Arnold, who graduated with an MSc in Fashion Marketing in 2008, secured the award for Homestayfriend, a business she set up in 2011 having noticed a lack of quality short-term rented accommodation for international students and travellers.
Homestayfriend matches visitors looking for a room with hosts with space to spare – providing friendly, high value local accommodation for visitors while enabling hosts to generate income from a spare room on a short-term, flexible basis.
Victoria impressed the judges with her business model and plans to become the number one homestay accommodation provider to universities, colleges and language schools in the UK.
Entrepreneur Victoria has also recently established Desk Union, an organisation that enables existing businesses to rent out their unoccupied office space to the start-up and freelance business community.
She said: “I felt a real spirit of enterprise during my time at GCU and there’s no doubt the course shaped my entrepreneurial ambitions and equipped me with many of the tools I’ve used to set up my businesses.
“I’m delighted to have achieved this really prestigious award and I’m looking forward to growing both businesses and continuing my entrepreneurial journey.”
Well done Victoria!!