The New Creative Markets Programme: Cockpit Arts


Cockpit Arts is an award winning social enterprise and the UK’s only creative-business incubator for designer-makers. Since they first started in 1986 they have helped thousands of talented craftspeople to grow their businesses, many of whom have gone on to achieve national and international success.

The New Creative Markets Programme at Cockpit Arts is a professional development programme designed to help designer-makers increase the sales of their work, consider and reach new markets, and achieve greater sustainability. This exciting new programme offers 12 hours of tailored support to give you the confidence and skills needed to develop or diversify your business, and get paid what you’re worth.

Cockpit Arts  work closely with participants to address their most pressing professional needs, and participants will have a diagnostic with a Cockpit Arts Business Coach to help  create individuals own programme. In addition to six essential workshops, we offer a mix of workshops and one-to-one support participants can pick and choose from to improve market understanding and your sales. With our growing pool of experts these sessions will help partcipants expand their market through new routes or products, and underpin this with the essentials.

Essentials include: selling and negotiation, crafting your writing, press & PR, brand development, pricing for the market, and increasing efficiency. Pick and choose from: market development for the retail or art market, exporting, product range development, digital presence, tax for creatives, contracts & intellectual property. Plus the opportunity for one-to-one support from Cockpit Arts’ Business Coaches, talks from industry specialists and networking with other artists/programme participants.
Please note the final programme is shaped based on the needs of the selected participants. Workshops will run approximately bi-monthly from January to June 2015.
Project part-financed by the European Union

This is a call for designer-makers. Apply for a FREE place on this programme to help increase sales and achieve greater sustainability. Deadline 15th October 2014.

How to apply
Participants should have a commitment to increase their sales during the programme. They will be expected to engage actively with 12 hours of project activities and will be asked to provide a certain level of detail about their business, in particular a set of accounts or a tax return.

To apply you must have been registered with HMRC (as self-employed or Ltd Company) for more than 12 months and based in London. There are limited places available and the programme will start January 2015.

How it is funded:
The New Creative Markets Programme is an ERDF-funded initiative run by Cockpit Arts, with SPACE, Four Corners and Photofusion with the goal to assist freelancers and small creative companies in the visual arts, digital image, design and designer-making sectors grow their business.

The New Creative Markets project is part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013.


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