Lauren’s design is not to be sneezed at

Lauren Soulsby

Lauren Soulsby

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A DESIGN student has won her way to represent the UK in a prestigious European competition.

Hartlepool student Lauren Soulsby is the only person from the UK in the SCA Packaging design challenge – which saw her travel to Europe to work on her creation.

The 18-year-old, who is studying design for the creative industries at Hartlepool College of Further Education, has been chosen as one of six finalists from all over the continent.

More than 1,000 hopefuls from the UK registered to take part, with the other finalists coming from Italy, Spain and Greece.

Participants were tasked with designing a new tissue box for the well-known brand Tempo, in Germany.

As part of the competition, Lauren and the other finalists have been working with packaging giants SCA in Brussells, Belgium, to develop their creations.

Lauren’s idea is a tissue box in the shape of a book, but she is keeping her designs under wraps until after the competition.

She said: “I’m the only one from the UK in the competition and apparently the youngest.

“My tutor suggested I enter. I wasn’t expecting anything to come of it, but it did.”

Lauren, from the Owton Manor area of Hartlepool, recently returned from spending three days in Europe for the competition.

She will return later this month to make her final presentation in the hope of being named outright winner.

The winner of the contest will get an internship with SCA Packaging.

Speaking about the trip, Lauren added: “It was good, but a bit nerve-wracking.

“Apparently they haven’t seen anything like my design before.”

Lauren, who lives with her parents Michelle and Mark Taylor, hopes to run her own design business one day.