The Sipsmith School of Smithery, in Partnership with Cockpit Arts


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Virtual Event only: Free
Virtual event and welcome pack to include Sipsmith G&T’s: £15
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Take your business to the next level with the Sipsmith School of Smithery, where the Sipsmith Team and experts from Cockpit Arts will dispel advice through a series of virtual talks, that will help take you and your craft on the next step of your professional journey.
The day will end with a panel talk about the ‘future of smithery’ and of course the chance to connect with other makers over a virtual G&T or two. Curated by Sipsmith in collaboration with Cockpit Arts, the experts in enabling makers with the tools for their business to succeed.

School of Smithery Program:
11am – Welcome from the Founders of Sipsmith and CEO of Cockpit Arts, Annie Warburton.
11.30am - A stitch in time saves nine – Social and digital tips and tricks​ from Hollie James, Social and Digital Global Manager at Sipsmith
12.15pm – Lunch break
1.30pm – Pricing strategy and closing the deal – The tension between being competitive and reflecting value alongside the art of negotiation with Zara Colbeck, Sipsmith Sales Director
2.15pm – Break
2.30pm - Beauty in Simplicity – Taking quality as your inspirational canvas – Jared Brown​
3.15pm – Break
4.00pm - The power of partnerships, when growing a business on a shoestring – A live conversation with Chesca, Global Partnerships Lead at Sipsmith and David, Head of Business Incubation at Cockpit Arts
4.45pm – Break
6pm – Sip and share – G&T and panel talk with the Sipsmith Founders and select makers on ‘What is the future of smithery’ chaired by Annie Warburton, CEO of Cockpit Arts.

‘Sipsmith sparked the craft spirits revolution in the UK’ – The Spirits Business, 2019
Founded 11 years ago, Sipsmith pioneered the craft gin boom. In 2009, their founders Sam and Fairfax pioneered for a change in the UK distilling law to allow distillers to craft gin the way it used to be and should be, by hand in small batches. Since Sipsmith was granted the first distilling license in just shy of 200 years, they have inspired a generation of distillers around the world to craft their own gin.

The Sipsmith Team’s unrelenting passion for things well made, by hand and with love and commitment, is what has inspired them to be a part of London Craft Week. Sipsmith was founded to champion ‘Smithery’ – a future made by hand – and in turn are passionate about supporting the next generation of smiths. For those like Sipsmith who champion a future made better by hand, join their master craftsmen and fellow makers virtually during London Craft Week, for a series of talks, workshops and their online market place.

Sipsmith gin has won over 30 international awards and is used by top bartenders and gin lovers across the globe as an essential ingredient to a vast range of classic and delicious cocktails.

Makers must pre-book their spot, tickets cost £15 and includes a School of Smithery Welcome Pack & G&T (UK makers only).

About Cockpit Arts:

Cockpit Arts is London’s leading studios for contemporary crafts and the UK’s only business incubator for makers and designers. We are home to over 140 independent creative businesses at our sites in Deptford and Holborn. Through public showcases and business incubation services, we provide exceptional makers and materials-based artists with the tools to succeed. Many of the artists and makers based at Cockpit are recognised internationally as leaders in their field.

We are proud of our social, economic and cultural impact. Alongside our core offer, we provide dedicated schemes for talented creative individuals facing barriers in setting up their business – including our new Make It! scheme, building on a long-standing scheme that successfully supported 26 creatives into business in association with The Prince’s Trust.

Cockpit is committed to inclusion, diversity and equality in governance and in all our activities, recognising that diversity improves performance and fuels creativity and innovation. We have an inclusive culture where all aspects of diversity are seen as key to our success.

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Event & Gift pack (UK only)
1 October 2020, 11:00 - 18:00
Virtual event only free
1 October 2020, 11:00 - 18:00


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