The Goldsmiths Company has launched a COVID-19 Fund to help those in in the trade in the greatest financial difficulty.
From the end of April 2020, eligible members of the jewellery, silversmithing and allied industries who are self-employed, sole traders or running businesses of five people or less in the UK, who are in financial difficulty due to the coronavirus crisis, will be able to apply online for funds of a grant or a loan.
“Since the start of the coronavirus crisis, we have been listening to what our wider community of jewellers, silversmiths and those working in the allied industries have been saying about the challenges they face,” explains the Goldsmiths’ Company chairman, Timothy Schroder. “We know the coming weeks or months will prove exceptionally difficult for people working in the silversmithing and jewellery industries, who are inevitably among those whose livelihoods has been badly affected. The Company and the Charity will do our very best to support people in the trade who are facing the greatest hardship.”
He continues: “Behind the scenes, we have been working with the charity (the Goldsmiths’ Company Charity) to set up a new Fund – The Goldsmiths’ COVID-19 Fund – to provide support to those in our trade that need it most, whether they are a member of the Goldsmiths’ Company or not. The Fund is still being worked out and full details will be announced later this month.”
The Goldsmiths’ Company and the Charity, alongside the Goldsmiths’ Centre and Goldsmiths’ Company Assay Office, will be giving further information and formally announcing the launch of the COVID-19 Fund through their digital and social media channels and e-newsletters later this month.
The team ask that trade professionals do not contact them at this stage, but wait for further information on how to apply.
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