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We closely monitor our impact as a Social Enterprise and regularly report on the the wider impact of our services.
Our annual Cockpit Effect Report gives an insight in to the craft businesses that we work with; the challenges they face, the way we work with them and the impact that we and, just as importantly they, believe that our support makes.
Now in its 10th edition, this year’s report illustrates, against the background of Covid, that support has never been more vital.
This has been a year of two halves.
From October 2019 to March 2020, all the indications are that our makers were continuing to produce the impressive results that we have seen in previous years. The financial data provided showed that year on year to March 2020 revenues, profit and gross value added were all in growth.
In March 2020, that all changed as we entered the first phase of lockdown.
The report details the impact of Covid on our makers and the financial and business support that Cockpit provided. It also shows that whilst Covid had a harsh impact on many makers, others proved themselves equipped to adapt to the changed circumstances.
Resilience and adaptability – playing to our strengths
For Cockpit and our maker community this has been a year of digging deep and adapting to the situation around us. Often this has meant operating on limited resources, making the most of these to maximise the opportunities in front of us.
The need for continual professional and business development
For the Cockpit team and for our makers, the year offered a steep learning curve, both technically and in understanding how to adapt to the changed conditions. What stood us all in good stead was the learning and continual professional development that had taken place in the years prior. This put us all on a solid platform from which to build.
The importance of digital
During the year, the different levels of digital maturity amongst our makers was clear. Throughout, the community makers recognised the need to push themselves to the next level, whether this was to have a basic presence through social media or at the advanced levels having a targeted digital online campaign. For the Cockpit team too, having to make rapid digital progress opened up opportunities that we will seize in future years.
The strength of community
We have always emphasised the strength of community at Cockpit, but this year we really saw that play out in practice. Throughout this year we have seen examples of maker helping maker, of shared knowledge and support throughout the community, and of a collective determination not just to survive but to thrive.
– 150 makers and 200 jobs
– 21 disciplines including: 34% jewellery, 20% textiles, 9% ceramics, 9% leather
– 42 makers supported on awards
– 196 applications for studios and awards
– Cockpit’s community 81% female and 19% male – compared to 32% female / 68% male for self-employed craft workforce UK-wide
– 20% Black, Asian, Latinx and dual heritage and 80% white – compared to 4% / 96% for craft UK-wide
– Cockpit delivered 1738 hours of business support and 30 workshops. £275,000 in rent support during the pandemic.
Photos from top: Jacob Monk textiles, Tamara Gomez, Richard McVetis, Yusuf Osman, Maya Selway