12th March 2019

Our annual Cockpit Effect Report was launched last night at the prestigious Clothworkers’ Hall to an invited audience of 50 enthusiastic guests.

Hosted by our new Chief Executive Annie Warburton and David Crump, Head of Business Incubation, key findings were shared on the impact of Cockpit Arts pioneering approach, along with insights into how we enable talent to flourish and support entrepreneurial craft businesses.

See more about our findings and read the full report here.

We enjoyed a lively discussion as we proudly revealed some of the details of our work with the community of makers at Cockpit Arts …

Following David Crump’s presentation, we held a panel conversation hosted by Annie Warburton with Jocelyn Stuart-Grumbar, Clerk to The Clothworkers’ Company and Chief Executive of The Clothworkers’ Foundation, weaver Majeda Clarke (a former Clothworkers’ Company Awardee), and Emma Jeffs, Cockpit Arts Business Coach.

Jocelyn Stuart-Grumbar:
Any of us at Clothworkers’ who have had the pleasure of visiting Cockpit at Deptford or Holborn, always find it uplifting. Beyond being a feast for the eye, it is wonderful to encounter so much talent, honing extraordinary skills. The Cockpit team, and the makers themselves, offer wonderful support to those seeking to make a decent living from their hard work. This is business incubation at its most creative and effective. If only there were Cockpits all around the UK!’

Majeda Clarke:
It is often an area of weakness for many craft businesses who struggle to know where to start, especially if their area of expertise is making. I knew I wanted to start my own studio and felt very comfortable with the design and making of products, however, the next steps needed to develop a successful business such as marketing, distribution and social media were entirely new to me. To have such a range of workshops and support within one place is incredibly helpful and the advice I have received really has provided me with a platform to move forward in my business.’

Annie Warburton:
‘The Cockpit Effect 2019 offers an insight into the impact that our support makes. Studio space is essential but it’s not enough alone. Tailored business coaching, from specialists who know craft from the inside, unlocks the possibility of running a successful practice in the heart of London. As the report shows, year-on-year Cockpit makers have been able to enhance profitability, bucking trends elsewhere in the industry.’ 

Awards

The Clothworkers’ Company have been Cockpit’s partners and award sponsors since 2012. Previous recipients of their generous support include Catarina Riccabona, Nadia-Anne Ricketts (Beatwoven), Majeda Clarke and Carmen Machado, with current awardees being Alice Timmis and Claire Whelan (2017-18), Poppy Fuller-Abbott, Vicky Cowin, Sophie Graney, Elizabeth Ashdown (2018-19).

Our current round of Awards which are now open for applications, includes this prestigious Clothworkers’ Company Award. More details of this, and other opportunities, can be found here.

We work closely with our partners and welcome sponsorship for our makers and our organisation from individuals, Trusts and Foundations, Livery Companies and private enterprises. This support enhances Cockpit’s ability to continue and build on our unique services in the craft sector.


Top portrait of Vicky Cowin, Elizabeth Ashdown, Poppy Fuller Abbott, Claire Whelan and Sophie Graney by Alun Callender. Infographic designed by Craig Yamey.