The Founders of My Interior Design School Celebrate 10 Years in Business
10 years ago Anne Wall and Rachael Kilby-Tyre launched My Interior Design School.
Now established as one of the UK’s leading providers of interior design tuition, the founders and Directors are passionate about helping other women, via their courses, start their own creative businesses.
Here they tell us how they got from start-up to success.
It took just 4 months from a quick conversation at the school gates (they both had daughters in the same class) for Anne and Rachael to launch their business and run their first colour workshop in 2009.
“I had always wanted to run my own private design classes” says Rachael, who was teaching in Higher Education at the time, “so I was thrilled when Anne told me about her interiors background and suggested we run them together”.
“I knew Rachael was an interior designer and tutor”explains Anne “and one day we started chatting about design shows in London. I told her I used to organise them”.
Since then, My Interior Design School has gone from strength to strength – running face-to-face workshops and offering a portfolio of online courses. The pair have taught hundreds of students from around the world, including Ecuador, Nepal, Germany, France, Hong Kong, Portugal and Norway.
‘Who knew how much fun, hard work can be!’
“It has been a lot of hard work”, says Anne who is the Course Director at My Interior Design School and manages the student experience. “But honestly, the 10 years has flown by and it is so rewarding to see where the business is now”.
“We think the key to success lies in loving our jobs”
“We really do love inspiring our students” says Rachael. “A lack of confidence can sometimes put them off starting their own businesses, but once they have the design skills from our courses and support from us, it is a real privilege to see them go on and run the businesses they’ve always dreamed of”.
We are looking forward to the next 10 years!
“Launching My Interior Design School 10 years’ ago”, says Anne “has taken a lot of grit and determination to get to where we are, but it has been the most rewarding journey. To see how our students flourish, the way our courses are now enjoyed around the world and together with our own personal challenges and achievements, shared with our fantastic team – launching My Interior Design School has been the best job ever”.