The Benevolent Society’s Covid hardship fund is now open to all members of British Allied Trade Federation (BATF), including National Association of Jewellers (NAJ) members.
The fund aims to mitigate some of the financial stress on businesses resulting from the pandemic.
Among the trade associations who are applicable for the fund are the NAJ, the Giftware Association, the British Travelgoods and Accessories Association, the Surface Engineering Association, the Jewellery Distributors Association and British Jewellery and Giftware International.
Reviewed on a “first come, first serve” business, members can make an application for a one-off £750 grant.
Simon Dawe, the Benevolent Society’s chairman, said: “In response to this global pandemic, we have now amended our articles of association to include “hardship” and this enables us to set up this fund to help the most vulnerable of our members in the various British Allied Trade Federation’s industries we represent at this most difficult of times.”
David Doyle, the society’s treasurer and vice chairman, said: “We see this as a continuation of the excellent work and support already provided by the Goldsmiths’ Company Charity and The Silversmiths and Jewellers Charity hardship funds for the jewellery and silversmithing trades, but as we have a much broader membership, we very much anticipate receiving applications from those struggling financially in the Surface Engineering, Giftware and Travelgoods industries too.”