Did you know that The Design Trust is more than 20 years old?
The Design Trust was set up in 1994 by the late Peta Levi MBE as a charity to provide business training and support to designers and crafts people in the UK. Peta also founded the famous and popular New Designers exhibition, the major graduate design exhibition in the UK that takes place in Islington in London every year, launching many designer’s careers. She supported many of the UK’s best known designers such as Ella Doran, Andrew Tanner, Kay & Stemmer and many more.
Peta was the pioneer to provide specialist business support and creating marketing and manufacturing opportunities for many designers and designer makers in the UK.
Between 2006 and 2011 The Design Trust and its sister organisation Design-Nation were managed by Rachel Moses at Metropolitan Works in London.
Patricia van den Akker, who worked with Peta at the end of the 1990s, took over The Design Trust at the end of 2011 to create a thriving online business school for designers and makers, reaching 1,000s of designers and makers in the UK and internationally.
It is her ambition to turn the organisation into a Trust once more which will invest in successful creative projects and businesses.