New Creative Markets: Application for consultancy engagement

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

Cockpit Arts has several consultancy opportunities available to work with craft makers, who have been registered businesses for over 12 months. We are inviting applications from industry specialists who can deliver on the New Creative Markets Programme in the following areas;

1. Specialist Market Experts – Mentors/Speakers
We are looking for consultants specialised in the following market areas:
• Jewellery & accessories, including: fine jewellery, fashion accessories, contemporary & gallery jewellery
• Products for interiors, including: textiles & soft furnishings, furniture, product design
• Architectural, interior design or public art commissioning
Expertise should include direct experience in commissioning, buying for retail, or range development in a commercial context, as well as either providing group training or mentoring & individual feedback.

2. Marketing Strategy Experts – Mentors/Speakers
We are looking for consultants and trainers who are specialised in developing and implementing interconnected online and offline marketing strategies for designer maker craft businesses.

3. Seminar Programmer: Craft & Luxury*
We are looking for a consultant to programme a seminar on the theme of craft & luxury. Key themes may include: craftsmanship as a key aspect of luxury brands and products; the relationship between quality and provenance; why this matters to consumers and how craft makers can develop their businesses to benefit from this rise in interest.

4. Employment Consultants & Trainers
We are looking for individual consultants or agencies who can offer a practical introduction to employing people, including apprentices / interns. As well as an introduction to recruitment, leadership and management, this should have strong emphasis on putting fair & lawful policies in place.

If you wish to work with us;

Please supply a quote on headed paper stating;

• The opportunity you are applying for – specialist area and if 1-2-1s, workshops, talks, or seminar.
• Your hourly rate, day rate, workshop or project rate
• If applying for workshop or seminar delivery please include the planned learning outcomes of the workshop(s) or seminar, how these will be delivered and length.
• *Seminar Programmer – consultants will be paid a total project fee, and are asked to include a detailed budget for management of the event. The fee should include facilitation, chairing, speakers etc. The programmer may act as chair or facilitator.

Please email the above to Madeleine Furness, Business Development Manager ( by Monday 13th April 2015.

The delivery schedule is April until September 2015, although consultants do not need to be available for the whole period. The training and consultancy will take place at Cockpit Arts’ premises in Holborn and Deptford.

The New Creative Markets project is part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme, which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs.

For more information visit Strategic partners are: Autograph, CC Skills, CMS Cameron McKenna, DACS, Global Action Plan

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Creative Employment Programme

JulieCockpit Arts’ Creative Employment Programme was established in 2013 as an initiative to help studio holders take on their first employees and to increase opportunities for employment in the craft sector. After successfully receiving funds from CCSkills’ Creative Employment Programme, supported using public funding by Arts Council England, Cockpit will help 22 craft business owners recruit 14 paid apprentices and interns by Summer 2015.

To keep up to date with our current Creative Employment opportunities or to know more about our programme please email Imogen Gray at

Interested in knowing more about our consortium approach to employment? Read CCSkills case study on Cockpit Arts Creative Employment Programme here >

To find out more about CCSkill’s Creative Employment Programme click here >

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