London-based goldsmith training facility Goldsmiths’ Centre has announced it is launching a programme designed to boost fine jewellers and contemporary silversmiths’ skills.
The Goldsmiths’ Centre’s Business Growth Programme, designed to offer business skills short courses and inspirational talks tailored to the fine jewellery and contemporary silversmithing sectors, officially launches this month.
The course will be led by experts and industry practitioners and aims to provide ambitious entrepreneurs with the tools to confidently craft their business skills and spearhead a step-change in their practice.
Peter Taylor, director of the Goldsmiths’ Centre, explained: “Research carried out by the Goldsmiths’ Centre in 2016 with 248 businesses based in the UK clearly indicates that fine jewellers and contemporary silversmiths are extremely ambitious, but often lack the training to develop their businesses.
“We are now able to offer wide spanning intensive courses and one-off workshops, as part of our Business Growth Programme for fine jewellers and contemporary silversmiths, that will give them access to the right support, which has historically been out of reach of most small businesses.”
From business incubation programmes for emerging makers, such as the Getting Started and Setting Out courses, to one-day intensive short courses for more established businesses, and a successful leadership pilot programme started in 2017, the Goldsmiths’ Centre in London is looking to empower craftspeople with the skills to run a successful business and scale up their activity.
All programmes are underpinned by exclusive industry research, commissioned by the Goldsmiths’ Company, which provides unique insight into consumer behaviour in the UK.
The Business Growth Programme kick-starts in February 2018 with a series of one-day courses and inspirational evening talks, tailored to be stand-alone or attended as part of a series.