Award-winning founder of the Hatton Garden-based London Jewellery School, Jessica Rose, has announced she will be providing grants to jewellers in business for the second year running.
The award, named ‘JewelFund’, is now open for applications from jewellers from anywhere in the world who have a passion for making and need some funds to launch or grow their business.
There are two £1,000 grants available this year and plans to grow the fund as an annual opportunity for jewellers.
Recipients of the grant will not only receive the money for their businesses but will also get mentoring with Jessica Rose for a year.
‘Since launching Jewellers Academy membership a year ago I have been so excited to see the progress of the 300 + jewellers that have joined us and committed to growing their businesses to date. There is so much you can do as a small business owner nowadays to but I do know one of the barriers to growth can be money. This is why I’m so pleased to announce the launch of JewelFund for the second year,” shares founder, Jessica Rose.
Jessica Rose set up the JewelFund last year as a way of giving back to the industry she has built her career in, and supporting others as she understands the financial strains of getting a business up and running.
She explains: “Having launched jewellery businesses myself, I know what it takes to get started. Alongside support, training and lots of hard work, sometimes we need a cash injection to afford the bigger trade shows, pay for equipment, rebrand or cover new expenses while we expand.
“I enjoyed mentoring Rachel Whitehead and Zoe Porter, the JewelFund 2018 recipients, last year and I’m looking forward to the opportunity of working with more ambitious jewellers this year’.”
These are grants not loans so they do not have to be paid back. Any jeweller can apply who is over the age of 16 and where £1,000 will make a substantial difference to their business. Pre-business jewellers may apply but will need to submit a business plan alongside their application.
The deadline for applications is July 31.