By Jessica Aiers, Business Development Manager, UKLF

I was delighted to visit Cockpit Arts in Holborn recently, an award-winning social enterprise and currently the UK’s only business incubator for up to 170 small craft businesses in Holborn and Deptford.

Shortly after the Open Studios weekend for the festive season and with only enough time for a trip to the Holborn site, I met with visionary jewellery designer Tania Clarke-Hall and Deborah and James from Carréducker to discuss their shoemaking school and breath-taking bespoke range. I look forward to visiting the recently-opened Leather Hub in Cockpit Arts Deptford next year!

I also met with David Crump, Head of Business Incubation, who took me through the finer points of setting up such a scheme. He also reminded me that the Cockpit Arts / Leathersellers’ Award is always open…