Cockpit Arts

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Aline Johnson, glass worker at Cockpit Arts
Aline Johnson, glass worker at Cockpit Arts

The resources below are from Cockpit Arts, an award-winning social enterprise that provide designer-makers with affordable workspaces and support to grow their businesses.

Business tools for creative businesses

The Cockpit Arts 'Making It' blog features a number of useful downloads for developing a creative business.

Business planning



Creative workshops and seminars

Cockpit Arts run regular workshops and seminars, available to designer-makers outside of their studios.

Workshops are run by in-house coaches, as well as creative industries advisors, accountants, lawyers, marketeers, retailers and IT experts, designed to hone skills needed to run a successful practice.

The Making It seminars are high-profile events that tackle topical industry themes and aim to stimulate debate within the designer-maker community.

Studios and support for designer makers

For practising designer-makers looking for a London studio, Cockpit Arts can offer space and support to develop a creative business.

A 'creative business incubator' is a package specifically tailored by Cockpit Arts to meet the needs of designer-makers, including:

  • Open Studios public selling events
  • Promotional and selling opportunities
  • Office facilities and resource room
  • A team of on-site coaches
  • One-to-one business support

You can watch a film, made by Creative Choices, about Business support for makers at Cockpit Arts.

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