An Introduction to Business for Jewellers and Silversmiths
Monday 17th to Friday 21st January 2011

The Goldsmiths’ Company has announced that applications are open for its renowned business course “Getting Started”. A highly popular course, it is offered annually to recent graduates of jewellery, silversmithing and allied trades as part of the Company’s support for the Craft and Industry.


The course, now in its 30th year, is a week-long introduction to business and has helped launch many careers within the industry. 
It is designed to provide an introduction to the industry and the career opportunities on offer.  Whether the individuals are planning to work for a company or to establish themselves as a self-employed designer-maker the course is equally relevant.

Held over five days, the varied and interesting programme includes a comprehensive series of talks by prominent and experienced speakers from within the industry, covering topics ranging from jewellery trends to the practicalities of setting up a business and selling one’s own work.  Examples of the themes covered are listed below.

Jos Skeates – Director of ECOne gallery, London - Life as maker and retailer.
Elizabeth Oliver – Design director at Annoushka Ltd - Life as a designer.
Ndidi Ekubia – Designer silversmith - Making a living as a silversmith.
Rachel Sweeney – MD Cox & Power London - Running a manufacturing and retail business.
Isobel Dennis – Director New Designers, Upper Street Events – Exhibition Planning.
Rebecca and Howard van Rooijen – founders of Benchpeg - Utilising social media.
Dana Robertson and Tom Banks – Creative director and founder of Neon Branding Design Company - What is branding and what does it mean to you?
Martyn Pugh – Award winning gold and silversmith - What is your work really worth?
Vivienne Becker – Jewellery historian and journalist - Our jewellery world.

The deadline for applications is the 30th November and these can be accessed through the Company website at:

Graduates who attended the 2010 Getting Started course said:

“Please keep investing your love and resources in young designers because we are very grateful for this course and it is so useful.”

“A very good week with amazing information and chances to network.”
“An excellent overview of different career paths; was exciting to meet so many high profile people!”

“I would just like to express my gratitude at being given this opportunity; it has been invaluable and I look forward to using what I have learned and applying it to my career.”

“I feel the week has been highly beneficial; it has made me consider things in more depth, especially marketing, branding and how work is produced.”

“I was depressed and miserable after graduation but the Getting Started course has given me confidence and vital information to keep going and not give up!”



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