Popping-in?

We designed our studio; it's filled with light and music. There are multiple meeting rooms, a well stocked kitchen, and an indoor garden (with fishpond). Pop-in for tea and stay to use a spare desk for as long as you need.

11 Greenwich Centre Business Park,
53 Norman Road, Greenwich
London SE10 9QF

Public transport

We’re next to Greenwich train and DLR station. We have a door right on the concourse but it’s different to our postal address.

From Greenwich rail platform

This video shows the route to take from the train that will arrive at Greenwich rail station from London Bridge.

From Greenwich DLR station

This video shows the route to take from the DLR that will arrive at Greenwich DLR station from Bank.

By car

If you have to come by car, we have a couple of parking spaces in front of our studio. Call ahead to make sure they’re free, and use our postcode (SE10 9QF) to guide you in.

Get in touch

We’d love to hear from you. Use whichever medium works best for you.

11 Greenwich Centre Business Park,
53 Norman Road, Greenwich
London SE10 9QF

New project enquiry

It's exciting to chat about potential new projects. We don't have a ‘sales’ team or a form to fill in. Call us or give us a little detail via email and we'll get straight back to you.

enquiry@cogdesign.com

Website support

If you're a client then you'll be best served by calling us or contacting us via Basecamp, otherwise you can use this dedicated email that reaches all of the digital team.

digital@cogdesign.com

Finance questions

This email hits the inboxes of the people who deal with our bookkeeping and finances.

accounts@cogdesign.com

Just want a chat?

Sometimes enquiries don't fall neatly under a heading, do they?

hello@cogdesign.com

Cultural Calendar

A round-up of recommendations and reviews, sent on the first Friday of each month, topped-off with a commissioned image from a talented new illustrator. Sign-up and tell your friends.

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Cog News

An irregular update of activity from our studio. Showing off about great new projects, announcements, job opportunities, that sort of thing. Sign-up and tell your friends.

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Cog is a B Corporation

Cog is a B Corporation

We are hugely proud to announce that we are a Certified B Corporation.

Profit is vital to our business but it isn’t our only driver. We also want to work in a business that is sustainable, equitable and inclusive. Our B Corp journey has helped us understand, codify and expand how we do that.

What is a B Corporation?

B Corps started in the US as a movement using business as a force for good. 

In the States, ‘benefit corporations’ are a particular type of company structure. But as the movement has spread all over the globe, the B has been reinterpreted…

We’ve heard a few people say that it stems from Ghandi’s quote: “Be the change you wish to see in the world”. But others are more pragmatic and say it stands for ‘Better’. 

To become a B Corporation you have to show that your company meets exacting standards. You need to provide verifiable evidence about the way you value your team, the efficacy of the work you do, the way you treat your suppliers and the overall benefit you provide to society. 

Oh and you have to legally change the status of your company and alter your articles of association to state the company exists to benefit society (alongside making a profit).

It’s a rigorous process working back and forth with the team at B Lab (who run the accreditation). Thanks to them for their help and persistence.

 

Why did we put ourselves through it?

If you know us, you’ll know that we don’t worry about awards or rubber-stamp accreditations. We’re much more interested in happy clients than in blowing our own trumpet.

But this felt different. The process helped us examine our processes and realign our approaches to many aspects of our business. The journey has been a great reward in itself – we are a stronger company now than when we started the accreditation process.

We consulted widely and spoke to many existing B Corps. They all told us it would be tough; they told us not to expect to succeed first time. But we did and that’s a brilliant feeling.

Why does it matter?

Plenty of people are happy going to work each day just for the money – and of course lots of people have no choice.

At Cog we get to choose the work we do. We know that’s unusual and comes from a position of privilege so we don’t take it for granted.

We know we’re lucky. But we also know it’s a choice we’ve made… a choice that may seem at odds with traditional business practices.

  • We choose to work with people who share our values.
  • We choose to work in a sector that transforms lives.
  • We choose to work in ways that put people before profit.
  • We chose our suppliers based on much more than price.

Don’t get us wrong, we aren’t idealistic hippies; Cog is a commercial business.

We’ve been trading for more than three decades and we’ve made a profit each year – even through the pandemic (with no redundancies and no furlough).

Our only income comes through charging for our services and expertise (we receive no grants* or subsidies). If we charge more than we spend then that profit is how we pay our wages. And we all want to be paid fairly and have some profit left over to reinvest.

But profit isn’t everything.

  • We want to get up for work each day, and sleep soundly at night, knowing that our work benefits society.
  • We support clients who work with under-represented and underprivileged communities.
  • We fund charities that focus on supporting people who are traditionally excluded from the arts.
  • We are working towards sustainability through carbon-negative hosting and much more.
  • We have a firm and immovable ethical approach and we walk away from projects or clients who don’t fit.
  • And we invest in and are constantly improving our approach to Equity, Diversity, Inclusivity and Belonging.

Of course we are far from perfect. Our B Corp journey continues as we work towards improving our score and attaining future growth goals, year on year.

Our B Corp Certification means that we have taken some big strides in the right direction.

Find out more on the B Corp UK site.

* actually we are in line for a small government grant this year, as a contribution towards the new electric car charger outside our studio. More on that soon.