Cockpit Arts launched its annual Cockpit Effect report this week at the prestigious Clothworkers’ Hall to an invited audience of 50 enthusiastic guests.
Hosted by new Chief Executive Annie Warburton and Head of Business Incubation David Crump, key findings were shared on the impact of Cockpit Arts’ pioneering approach, along with insights into how they enable talent to flourish and support entrepreneurial craft businesses.
The Cockpit Effect report offers an insight into the craft businesses at Cockpit Arts, how they work with them to tackle the challenges they face, and the impact that this support makes. The report draws on research and activities during the 12-month period to 31st October 2018.
On presenting the report, Annie Warbuton said: “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.”
Following the presentation, there was a panel conversation 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.
Majeda Clarke spoke about how Cockpit Arts had supported her in setting up her business: “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.”
Jocelyn Stuart-Grumbar added: “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!”
To see the key findings and download the full report, visit the Cockpit Arts website.