Cockpit Arts

Established in 1996, Cockpit Arts is an award-winning social enterprise recognised in 2019 on the NatWest SE100 index of top UK social enterprises and an accredited London Living Wage employer. It is a business incubator for craftspeople, housing over 140 small businesses at their two centres in central and south London.

Cockpit Arts supports craft practitioners at the start of their careers, as well as those who are more established, to grow and build successful and thriving businesses both in the UK and internationally. It works with a wide range of talented individuals, including master craftspeople, artist-makers, batch producers and more scalable businesses.

The business incubation comprises workspace, on-site business coaching and business support workshops, selling and promotional opportunities, specialist advisors, access to finance..

Cockpit Arts provides consultancy to clients in the UK and all corners of the globe in 4 key areas: social enterprise development, craft sector development, creative business incubation and development, property and premises management. Case Study examples can be found at:

Cockpit’s ‘Creative Employment Programme’ is the only one of its kind in the craft sector that gives young people transferable skills to obtain work in any small and medium-sized creative enterprise. Established in 2013, it is widely considered to be a pioneering initiative that helps craftspeople take on their first employees and an attractive route for young people aged 16 – 24.

Incubators/ Studios offer 24/7 access and:

  • Managed studio
  • Creative environment
  • Office facilities and resource library
  • Broadband access
  • Meeting Room hire
  • Post and Delivery
  • Lift Access
  • Cockpit also offers an experienced on-site team, offering an array of support services to help you grow your business while you develop creatively.

The 147 businesses based at London’s leading studios for contemporary craft enjoyed increasing profitability in 2019, according to results in the Cockpit Effect report 2020. Together these jewellers, ceramicists, weavers and woodturners (some of whom are international leaders in their field) generated £5.9 million in total annual sales. Profits and GVA grew by an average 12% and 20%, respectively, against an increase in turnover of 7.7%, for those reporting two years’ data.


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