Cobbler’s Thumb opened its gates in December 2014. It took just 10 weeks to complete the development of 8 small business units, which range from 5 to 28 square metres. Restricted access on site called for strict phasing and co-ordination of deliveries.

The scheme, which is fully moveable, has a temporary 5 year planning consent. The development offers a range of unit sizes and communal kitchen and toilet facilities and allows businesses the opportunity to access dynamic, flexible and adaptive spaces.

This interim development provides space for a wide variety of businesses to thrive and many say they benefit from the unique cache their workspaces offer.

Currently Cobbler’s Thumb is home to a family-owned start-up fashion brand, a carpenter, a potter, a 3D printer, a local renewable energy co-operative, a music producer and a fitness instructor.

Cobbler’s Thumb Case Study Handsome Furniture Co


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Brighton Energy Co-op has been based at the Cobbler’s Thumb site for two months. The containers are a cosy, well-equipped home for us; not to mention the huge amount of interest from passers by!

Will, Director, Brighton Energy Co-op