Getting Started Online: free introduction to business course

Are you a UK based designer, designer maker or skilled craftsperson aspiring to set up or running a start-up jewellery or silversmithing business? Getting Started Online is the course for you.

One-week intensive online course with over 100 participants.

Course dates: Mon 20 - Fri 24 March 2023, 10am - 3pm
Delivery: Online
Application deadline: Sun 22 January 2023, 10pm
Course fee: Free for those who successfully apply 

Want to know more about this course? Just talk to our team! Call 020 7566 7650 or email professionaltraining@goldsmiths-centre.org

Applications for Getting Started Online 2023 are now open. Scroll to the bottom of the page to get started.   

What is Getting Started Online?

It takes many steps to get a business off the ground in the jewellery and silversmithing industry. Our free Getting Started Online course helps you to: 

  • learn business essentials from industry experts 
  • network with your peers and others in the industry   
  • exhibit your work

Delivered through live webinars, the course consists of five industry-specific themed days:

  • Day 1: start and run your creative business 
  • Day 2: product development
  • Day 3: raise your business profile 
  • Day 4: brand and sell your work 
  • Day 5: develop sales channels
  • a follow-up exhibiting opportunity
“The information in the Getting Started Online course has been invaluable - real insider stuff that no one else tells you, pulling together the business and marketing skills you really need to make a jewellery business viable.”

– Getting Started Online participant

Who can I learn from?

Since the launch of Getting Started in 1981, the course has attracted an outstanding line-up of industry experts. Speakers in 2022 included: 

  • Rachael Taylor, journalist and editor for jewellery and watches
  • Sally Leonard, jeweller and founder of Leonard of London
  • Toyin Laketu, fashion business and digital consultant
  • Zoe Cooper, over 15 years’ experience in designing and delivering sales and leadership training, specifically for the luxury retail industry
  • Jean Noel-Soni, mastermind behind Top Notch Faceting
“This course is really brilliant! All the speakers were so inspiring. They covered the well balanced programme with clarity and enthusiasm. I was enthralled every day.”

– Getting Started Online participant

Do I need particular skills or experience to apply?

We seek applicants who have come through a variety of training and learning routes. Please apply if you:

  • reside in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 
  • aspire to start, or are in the process of starting, or have recently started your own business or self-employment in the jewellery industry, whether as a designer, designer maker, silversmith or other skilled craftsperson
  • have completed an accredited precious metal course, an accredited course in a related craft discipline, or a jewellery or silversmithing industry apprenticeship in the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Examples of related craft disciplines, include non-precious metals, fashion, textiles, ceramics – usually these will have a design and/or making focus. Please contact our team if you are unsure whether your course meets this criteria. 
  • are willing and available to attend the full online course and have access to a reliable internet connection to do so.

Why should I apply?

Getting Started Online will enable you to learn from leading industry experts who will share their advice and experience. You will have the chance to network with like-minded creatives and make life-long connections in the industry.

The course will provide you knowledge and skills, inspire you put this into practice and start or develop your business. 

“Getting Started provided the motivation I needed to kick myself into gear. Structured, practical and immediately actionable.”

– Getting Started Online course participant

You can also apply to exhibit your work as part of a physical exhibition and receive further training. Getting Started Spotlighting allows you to build your profile through promotion on our Instagram account, reaching over 20k followers. 

The course has helped to launch high-profile careers, including those of recent participants Alice Fry, Deborah Beck, Edward Xú and Genevieve Schwartz; as well as past alumni Ella Fearon-Low, Flora Bhattachary, Tomasz Donocik, Chris Knight and Richard Fox.

Through interactive workshops, you will learn the principles of how best to display your work and present it to a potential customer in a sales conversation. A special networking evening will enable you to put what you have learnt into practice and make new contacts and connections in the industry.

How do I apply?

Applications for 2023 are now open. If you have not already done so, we strongly advise you to read the accompanying guidance before starting your application. You will need to complete your application in one session, and this includes uploading images of your work.