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Social Enterprise Consultancy

British Council Investment Readiness (BiR) Pilot Programme

Partners: British Council Thailand (Arts/Creative and Social Offices), Thai Social Enterprise Office (TSEO) and The Support Arts and Crafts International Centre of Thailand (SACICT)
Brief: Delivery of training to craft community organisations on design and product development whilst also helping to lay the foundation for these organisations, which are social enterprises in practice, to benefit from recent Government legislation, develop more scalable and sustainable business models. Linking these elements together within the brand and product message and marketing materials.
Delivery: A comprehensive programme that involved two workshop sessions in Bangkok for 22 participants representing around 2,000 craft makers. Followed by mentoring for 5 of these participants, culminating in a study tour to the UK, and exhibitions at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Edinburgh and Clerkenwell Design Week
Outcome: Significant progress made in both key areas; product and design development, and incorporating positive social impact in sustainable business models.


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Social Enterprise Consultancy

Start Up: Unity Arts Trust, Chichester UK

Brief: Consultancy on the establishment of a new artists’ studio group and its strategic development
Delivery: One to one consultancy and coaching on business and financial planning; planning and development issues and legal structure
Outcome: Successful start up of operation; Community Interest Company status; securing of premises and fundraising.

“Vanessa was able to bring to the table real and useful experience. She was always able to see the bigger picture and think creatively out of the box, especially when it came to understanding the complex relationship between building a sustainable business and providing public benefit.”
– Tim Sandys-Renton, Director, Unity Arts Trust

Development: Studio 306 CIC, London UK

Brief: To support the development of a business plan for this craft based social enterprise and member of Social Firms UK.
Delivery: Support with all aspects of a business plan leading to new business planning processes.
Outcome: Development plan for a sustainable social enterprise model over the longer term.

Craft Sector Development

The British Council, Vietnam

Brief: Supporting role to BOP Consulting undertaking a Cultural Mapping Training Programme for British Council in Vietnam and the Ho Chi Minh City and Investment & Trade Promotion Centre (ITCP).
Delivery: Sharing of experiences of Cockpit Art as an intermediary organisation supporting creative businesses, focusing on issues facing designer-makers in the UK; workshop facilitation to identify issues faced by Vietnamese designers in the fields of fashion and design.
Outcome: Report and recommendations to feed into the Cultural Mapping exercise.


The British Council, Thailand

Brief: Strategic and operational direction for a major craft sector development project in Thailand, working with consortium partners to develop best practice in digital story telling for the craft sector in the Chiang Mai region.
Delivery: Scoping visits, workshop facilitation and delivery with the project team, final reports and recommendations to inform Phase 1 of the project.  Followed by design and delivery of business development support to craft businesses during Phase 2 and further recommendations for the long-term, strategic development of the project.
Outcome: Launch of the handmade Chiang Mai online resource showcasing the region’s craft industry.

“We have worked with Cockpit Arts on a number of international conferences and consultancy projects in Russia, Thailand and Vietnam, where they have shared their entrepreneurial approach to supporting the maker community in London.  We have always found the team incredibly knowledgeable and professional, and there has been great interest in their work and in further collaboration from our partners overseas.”
– Claire DeBraekeleer, Programme Manager, Creative & Cultural Economy, British Council


A space arts

Brief:  To help shape an Arts Council funded programme of professional development for artists.
Delivery:  Intensive half day workshop to inform the development of the programme.
Outcome: Launch of the Talent Development bursaries programme

The advice of Cockpit Arts was first rate and working with Ellen was a really valuable experience for me.  The opportunity to discuss and review the Talent Development bursaries has really helped me shape them and enabled me to develop a far stronger programme”.
– Daniel Crow, Director – a space arts

Creative Business Incubation and Development

Regional Development Agency of the Ljubljana Urban Region, Slovenia

Brief:  Strategic planning workshop on incubation, and a presentation to the participants on an innovative design project during Ambient design fair.
Delivery: A facilitated workshop with the creative economy team at the agency to explore the opportunities and challenges of developing a creative incubator in Ljubljana, supported by a short talk to participants of the Connecting Design & Industry project on creative entrepreneurship.
Outcome: Recommendations on next steps and on-going partnership development.


Property and Premises Management

Rodhus Ltd, Brighton UK

Brief: To provide support with the development of a business plan for this new creative hub and workspace for creative businesses
Delivery: One to one consultancy and coaching on concept for the centre; marketing and nuts and bolts operational management
Outcome:  Successful launch of creative workspace, Rodus Studios, Brighton in 2011

“The two sessions I had with Cockpit proved really useful and now that people are starting to move into the space I am having to deal with practical issues.  I am not sure that I would be so well equipped had I not spoken to you”.
– Richard Ainsworth, Rodus Studios

Hackney Fashion Hub

Brief:  To produce an outline feasibility for the development of a Fashion Industry Incubator as part of the Hackney Fashion Hub development
Delivery: Mapping exercise to plot current provision, desk research and in-depth reviews to identify the need and inform a detailed options analysis.
Outcome: Report and recommendations on the development of the incubator concept.

Cockpit Arts had the necessary experience, the consultancy skills and professionalism to deliver the advice we needed.  The method and quality of reporting, sticking to deadlines and thoroughness of the research and conceptual understanding surpassed our expectations.  We intend for Cockpit to continue to be a strategic partner in the ongoing development of the incubator concept now called the Stitching Academy and Hackney Fashion Hub Trust”
– Adam Samuels, Managing Director, PropertyFD and advisor to the Hackney Fashion Hub

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