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Design & Crafts Council of Ireland Jewellery and Goldsmithing Skills & Design Course

Foundation Programme

This course is a practical guide for companies that are sole traders and considering setting up a more formal operation with a view to growing a sustainable business. The Foundation Programme is tailored to offer DCCI members a unique opportunity to join other talented creatives to gain practical knowledge and insights essential for building a sustainable and successful business.


At the end of this programme you will have:

  • defined your vision for your business
  • understood your customer and competitors
  • improved your ability to make strategic business decisions








Dr, Colm Reilly

Dr. Colm Reilly is an experienced professional with a track record and international experience in Economic Development including innovation, business structuring and business development. His experiences have been initially informed by multi-national companies (Novartis, Fujitsu, and Electrolux). In addition, he has established three start-up companies – Eureto, Aviareto and BiotherapeuticsMD – which operate to this day. His international experience is in Europe, North America, and the Middle East where he has run significant operations.

In the past 15 years, Colm has worked as a senior executive in a global consulting organisation. He has worked extensively in the craft sector at a European and North American level and works alongside a team of experts in Retail, Jewellery, Clothing and Furniture. He currently leads the team delivering the Business Growth programme for the World Craft Council.

The curriculum he has developed for Craft companies in Ireland is based on companies working on their own company and product throughout the coursework supported by individual mentoring sessions. This means that by the end of the programme companies have a clear and distinct focus and a detailed plan of what to do next. The team also connects companies into their relevant agencies to ensure that they can achieve and access the relevant funding that is available to them.

Colm has published three books based on SME development – The Pricing Puzzle, Value Price and Sustained Competitiveness and No Frontiers – how companies learn to Export.

Course fee

  • €150


  • One evening per week for four weeks from 16:00 – 18:00 and will be interspersed with individual mentoring sessions.


  • Applications closed: 6 May 2024
  •  Course begins: 7 May 2024
  • Course ends: 28 May 2024

Accredited by

  • UK Chartered Management Institute


Interviews: In advance of programme starting.

Module 1: 7th May 2024. The Business Foundations. How to operate a business successfully and what it entails.

Module 2: 14th May 2024.Understanding markets, personas and how to target them expressing your value.

Module 3: 21st May 2024. The Business: How to build the mechanics of a business.

Module 4: 28th May 2024. How to structure sales (revenue) and costs and make your business work for you.


  • Online and in-person classes (location will be tailored to suit the applicants). All classes will be made available online.

Student Testimonial 

“I’ve completed a few courses and workshops in the past, and while I got a lot from them I was always trying to fit a square peg in a round hole!! This was without doubt the best one yet, I’ve learned to change my approach and thinking in business while never forgetting its my craft that makes my business. Thank you Colm and Anita for your advice and guidance, I thoroughly enjoyed the 4 weeks”

 Sinéad McCaffrey – Milliner, Dressmaker

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