A programme of support for designer-makers who mean business. Much content is accessible to makers not based at our incubators.

Our Making It programme is tailored to designer-makers who mean business and is available for all Cockpit Arts studio holders.

Making It: Online Resource

MakingItToolkitThis is packed full of top tips for designer-maker businesses. Posts are written by the team, our network of industry experts and designer-makers. We use our online resource to help share ideas and the learning from our Making It workshops and seminars and it is also a great way of keeping up-to-date with what’s happening in the craft sector generally.

Making It Online Resource

Making It: Toolkit

LoanFundNo one said running a business would be easy especially when you are a small creative company juggling a multitude of roles. Putting systems in place and planning ahead can help you on the road to success, which is why Cockpit Arts has created the Making It Toolkit – tailored specifically for designer-makers.  When you join Cockpit Arts you will be given a copy of the Making It Toolkit during your induction, alternatively it is available to download for £15.

Buy the Toolkit

Making It: E-newsletter

INCUBATOR.STUDIOThis is a monthly e-newsletter for Cockpit Arts studio holders full of studio news and opportunities hot from the press.  Alternatively you can follow Making It on Twitter and join our mailing list for opportunities and advice.

Making It: Workshops

MakingItWorkshopsThese workshops are practical, interactive and informative – designed to hone the skills you need to run a highly successful practice. As well as sessions run by our team, we invite other specialist creative industries advisers, accountants, lawyers, marketeers, retailers and IT experts to share their knowledge and expertise with you. Most sessions are free of charge for studio-holders (some specialist sessions incur a small charge).

Making It: Seminars

MakingItSeminarsOur Making It seminars are lively and often high-profile events in partnership with other organisations. They regularly tackle topical industry themes and can stimulate debate within the designer-maker community. We host two or three seminars each year and these are usually held at guest venues.

Partner Projects

MakingItPartnerProjectsCockpit Arts also works with external partners such as Heritage Crafts Association, British Library Business & IP Centre and SEE to deliver specialised training. We are currently delivery partner to Shape’s Creative Steps programme offering business development training to disabled people working in, or wanting to work in, the creative industries.

Cockpit Arts is committed to equality of opportunity for all and we welcome applications from all sections of the community.

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