The Goldsmiths’ Company’s business development course Getting Started, aimed at supporting young graduate jewellers and silversmiths to set up successful creative careers, is now open for 2016 applications.

Supported since 1981 by the Goldsmiths’ Company, thirty of the most talented UK designer-makers will receive a free, one-week introduction to business from leading industry experts – covering topics from pricing, building portfolios, successful PR to use of social media.

Successful applicants will also benefit from showcasing their work to the public and key industry contacts at the Goldsmiths’ Centre. The application deadline for Getting Started, which runs from Monday 11 to Friday 15 January 2016, is Friday 30 October 2015.


Getting Started is designed to support graduates to set up their own businesses or establish themselves as part of a larger company.

Over the past 35 years, it has helped to launch a number of high profile careers; including those of recent participants Joseph Jackson and Flora Bhattachary who were selected for the first time for Goldsmiths’ Fair, as well as past alumni: Richard Fox, Christopher Knight and Tomasz Donocik. Every year it also attracts a stellar line-up of key industry speakers such as Liz Olver, Annoushka Ducas MBE, Joanna Hardy, Leo de Vroomen and Stephen Webster MBE.   

Helen Dobson, project officer for the Goldsmiths’ Centre, comments: Getting Started is a great way for young jewellers and silversmiths to start to get to grips with the reality of setting up in business. Many participants decide to continue their learning on our one-year Setting Out course and benefit immensely from the guidance of experienced industry professionals as well as meeting other graduates who are facing the same questions and challenges.”

To apply or for more information on Getting Started 2016, click here.