This disclosure policy is valid from 1 January 2012, and updated on 1 September 2021.

This policy covers the below website, blog and social media channels owned by Dream Plan Do Ltd T/A The Design Trust and managed by Patricia van den Akker:

  • Website, blog and emails from www.thedesigntrust.co.uk
  • Facebook: www.facebook.com/thedesigntrust/
  • Instagram: @TheDesignTrust
  • Twitter: @TheDesignTrust and @DreamPlanDo_com

All our channels strive to abide by the FTC Guidelines for online influencers.

This blog is a personal and business blog written and edited by me, Patricia van den Akker. I believe in transparency and so I am happy to inform you each time I or my business receives a compensation it will be clearly identified as paid or sponsored content in accordance with the FTC Guidelines.

We will always disclose if we have included any affiliate links that will earn a commission for The Design Trust for purchases you make from our affiliate partners (at no extra cost to you).:

  • We sometimes recommend books, ebooks, courses and other products and tools that we think you might find useful in your own business. 
  • We sometimes run webinar with partners who are promoting courses or ebooks.  We always inform any participants about any affiliate links.
  • It is very rare that we receive free products, services, event tickets, and other forms of compensation from companies and organisations, and very often we give these products then away through competitions.  The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog.
  • This blog does not accept any form of advertising, sponsorship, or paid topic insertions. 
  • I am not paid to provide opinion on products, services, websites and various other topics. The views and opinions expressed on this website are purely my own. If we claim or appear to be experts on a certain topic or product or service area, we will only endorse products or services that we believe, based on our expertise, are worthy of such endorsement. Any product claim, statistic, quote or other representation about a product or service should be verified with the manufacturer or provider.

My goal with The Design Trust and this website is to help and educate you on any aspect of your design or crafts business.

Most of our recommended resources are free. Any recommendations we provide are based on our own experience with these individuals and businesses, because they are helpful and trustworthy and because they provide additional useful products or services to you that we don’t offer ourselves, not because of the commission we may earn from you using these products or services. 

Please do not spend money unless you feel it’s for something you really need and will help you reach your goals.

For questions about this disclosure policy, please contact  [email protected].

Patricia van den Akker – Director of Dream Plan Do Ltd trading as The Design Trust

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