About Cockpit Arts
Cockpit Arts is an award winning social enterprise and the UK’s only business incubator for craftspeople.
Are you looking to grow your business and creative practice?
This is how we support businesses at all stages...
At Cockpit Arts we work with craft businesses at all different levels – supporting start-ups taking their first steps and helping mid-career and established businesses to accelerate growth. Our incubators are specifically tailored to help talented makers who are developing creatively and we get great results.
In addition to raising profile, with our support, makers’ turnover and profits at Cockpit Arts have increased year-on-year since we introduced the incubation model in 2005. In 2016 our makers reported an average turnover of £58,099 and average profits of £14,004. These both compare favourably with the national average figures of £23,485 and £6,231 reported by the Crafts Council in 2012.
Our package includes:
We have an experienced on-site team, offering an array of support services to help you grow your business while you develop creatively:
A team of on-site coaches
One-to-one business support
Peer-to-peer action learning
Ingenious Growth Loan Fund
Cockpit Associates (referral to specialist advisers)
Making It Programme
London Creative Network Programme
Workshops & Seminars,
… and more
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Our incubator buildings are based in Holborn, WC1 – close to the Hatton Garden jewellery quarter; and in Deptford SE8 – at the centre of an exciting community of artists and craftspeople. The buildings are light and airy – full of character and creative buzz.
Both of our incubators feature:
Office facilities and resource library
Meeting Room hire
Post and Delivery
The studios have 24/7 access, 365 days a year. All have natural light, electricity and broadband access. The majority are shared by between two and five people, though there are some single studios. We take time and care to find studio pairings which best meet the needs of all makers involved.
Access to our serviced office is available from Monday-Friday. This provides you with facilities that include: receipt of post and parcels; photocopier; fax, a meeting room; and a large education space that you can hire. There is also a resource room with computers, broadband internet access and a reference library that carries style and trade magazines as well as useful information about starting and running a business.
PR & Sales
Having a studio at Cockpit Arts is a recognised benchmark of quality craftsmanship and design excellence. We offer a range of promotional and sales opportunities including:
Open Studios public selling events
Profile raising events and campaigns
Exclusive studio tours with selling opportunities
Online maker directory
Brand Association and use of our Makers Mark