Not-for-profit organisation Creative England teamed up with the British Business Bank in June to support the latter’s Start Up Loans scheme for creative businesses.

The new government-backed scheme for the creative industries offers borrowing of up to £25,000 at a fixed interest rate of 6% per annum, repayable over one to five years.

Now, Peter Taylor, director of the Goldsmiths’ Centre, has thrown his weight behind the scheme by joining Creative England’s associated Start Up Loans Advisory Group.

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The group is comprised of figures from across the UK’s creative industries who will help promote the scheme.

Creative England quoted Taylor as saying: “The Start Up Loans scheme is vital to help champion creativity and support career makers to build thriving start-up businesses.

“As a charity that supports jewellers, silversmiths and the allied industries often in their first stages of business, we understand how the COVID-19 pandemic has recently impacted the market place, making access to funding to develop talent even more important. The Goldsmiths’ Centre is thrilled to be supporting this scheme!”

The Goldsmiths’ Centre, an offshoot of the Goldsmiths’ Company, is a charity founded by Taylor with the aim of improving education across the jewellery industry.

To find out more about the Goldsmiths’ Centre and its director Peter Taylor, including how he was awarded an MBE for his services to the jewellery industry, follow the below link and listen to the PJ Podcast episode:

PJ PODCAST: In the hot seat with sustainability champion Matilde Mourinho and Peter Taylor MBE