Cockpit Arts is the UK’s only creative business incubator for craftspeople and an award winning social enterprise.

Cockpit Arts is the UK’s only creative business incubator for craftspeople and an award winning social enterprise, housing up to 170 small businesses at our studios in central and south London. We support craft makers at the start of their careers, as well as those who are more established, to grow and build successful, thriving businesses in the UK and internationally. We work with a wide range of talented individuals, including master craftspeople, artist-makers, batch producers and more scalable businesses.

Our business incubation services comprise workspace, on site business coaching and business support workshops, selling and promotional opportunities, as well as referral to specialist advisors and access to finance. We also work with hundreds of craft businesses in other parts of the UK and overseas through our training workshops and consultancy arm.

We offer training and support for makers who do not have a studio at Cockpit but want to learn from our approach; we currently work with 27 makers who are based in London and participate in our London Creative Network programme. See our full list of current participants here.

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Since opening in 1986, Cockpit Arts has helped thousands of talented makers grow their businesses, many of who have gone on to achieve national and international success. Our business incubator model is proven to work and our impact reports are positive, showing higher than average economic outcomes as well as social and cultural impact.

As a Social Enterprise, our services and studio spaces are offered to craftspeople at affordable rates. Any profit made is reinvested to support those most in need. We offer special Awards and Bursaries to early stage craft businesses. In addition, our Creative Employment Programme generates wider craft employment opportunities in the craft sector through our Traineeships and Apprenticeships Programme.


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