The CGS 2020 Business Booster Course

The CGS 2020 Business Booster Course CGS teams up with the highly professional Design Trust to offer business help to glass makers.

This online course is aimed at both new and more established glass artists who want to develop their business and marketing skills, make more sales, improve their presentation and upgrade their level of professionalism.

This course will take place in early 2020 with 6 online sessions: 4 webinars will cover the key aspects to improve your business skills and two guest sessions with specialist guest speakers.

Each webinar session is live and audio-visual, accessed through your own computer at home or in your studio. The sessions take place on Thursdays in the evening (8pm-10pm UK time) to make it easier to join us. In addition, each session will be recorded and you have access to the entire course for 12 months enabling you to watch them again at a time that suits you.

Participants get access to a private online community hub of fellow glass designers and makers, so that you can both network with them and also ask questions to Patricia and other creative’s.

'The Business Booster Course was an excellent way of learning, discussing and networking with fellow glass makers about tried and tested ways of improving business acumen for those staring out in the glass world and for those more experienced who want to improve their business skills and knowledge. Facilitated by Patricia van den Akker, the Director of the Design Trust, subscribers to the Business Booster course are led through specific topics such as marketing, pricing, branding etc. The great thing about the course is that it has been designed specifically for people making or dealing with glass and the final two sessions were discussions with a leading gallery owner and marketing guru. As the course is delivered on line, subscribers are able to return to the weekly sessions and to network with fellow subscribers and with the facilitator herself. An invaluable course for glass makers of all standards.' 

What is The Design Trust? The Design Trust was set up in 1994 to provide business training to craftspeople and designers. In 2011, creative business adviser and trainer, Patricia van den Akker, turned the organisation into an online business school for designers and makers, providing specialist and practical business training to makers across the UK and overseas.

To find about more about Patricia and The Design Trust, please visit

The Course runs from 13th February through to 2nd April 2020 This exclusive professional development programme includes:

• 6 online workshops:

4 ‘training’ sessions and 2 expert guest speakers

• Presentations and other resources from the sessions

• Access to the private online community of fellow glass participants

• The option to post business questions and your action plans for feedback

• Access to this course and community until December 2020

The fee for this course is:
Early bird offer to members £80 until 31st December, 2019
Members £95 after 31st December, 2019 Students ( proof required) £50
Non CGS members £150
Two free bursaries available contact for details Normally, a Design Trust online course costs £250 so this is a significant discount for CGS members and a wonderful opportunity to improve your potential as a glass artist!

Booking is open from 1st November on Eventbrite and payment can be made by credit card or Paypal. You can cancel and will be fully refunded up to 2 weeks before this online course starts.

You can book your place here right now:

A FREE introduction session will be held on Thursday 30 January at 8pm. You can register for this session here:

The deadline to apply is Friday 7 February at 12noon.