Cockpit Arts

21/35 Main Index
4/7 London
5/7 Employment and training

About us




020 7419 1959


The UK's only creative business incubator for craft businesses housing up to 170 micro businesses at two London centres in Holborn WC1 and Deptford SE8, and providing training to hundreds more nationally and internationally. Services include workspace/studios, business coaching, workshops, access to finance, selling and promotional opportunities. Runs the Cockpit Arts / The Prince's Trust Creative Careers Programme for previously unemployed and a Creative Employment Programme supporting employment of apprentices.

Your business model:

Social purpose trading from services provided to craft business beneficiaries and related earned income. Recycling of earned income and grant income (currently 7% of total operating budget) covers services to most disadvantaged amongst our client group. No annual public funding received.

Our social objective

Our mission statement is:

Our mission at Cockpit Arts is to support and promote talented designer-makers from all backgrounds through all stages of their career. We strive to raise standards in the contemporary craft and design sectors, making an important contribution to the UK cultural landscape and economy.

The outcome areas we're focused on are:

  • Education, learning and skills
  • Employment and training
  • Personal and social well-being
  • Culture, sport and heritage

The beneficiary groups we work with are:

  • People who are not in education, employment or training (NEETs)
  • People with physical disabilities or sensory impairments
  • People with mental health issues
  • Vulnerable young people
  • Other

Our structure

Company Registration Number: 2801969

Legal structure: Company Limited by Guarantee (CLG)

Incorporation date: March 1, 1993

Our Networks

  • SEUK
  • Social Firms UK

Our Awards

  • Social Enterprise Mark

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Our diversity


People from a BME background