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MADE in South Bristol: Exploring Creative Enterprise

Kick-start a creative business with MADE in South Bristol.

MADE in South Bristol is a new programme, beginning in November 2020, that will support people aged 18+ in South Bristol to develop business and product ideas and begin to test them out using digital making technologies. The Exploring Creative Enterprise strand offers a crash course in starting a business, with your ideas at the centre.

The 12 hour programme will guide you through the design/ideas process, the basics of business, and physically prototyping.  It aims to take away the usual business babble and show how you can build a business around an idea – and make it work for you.

The programme is specifically tailored for individuals interested in starting a creative business or who want to explore enterprise in a supported space.

It is not suitable for existing creative businesses, sole traders or freelancers who are currently trading – the Growing Creative Businesses strand may be more suitable for you.  Or, if you have an existing business but are looking to change direction into a creative business contact We can help you explore which programme is most relevant including how we might tailor the support to ensure you’re getting what you need!

The programme

In light of the recent nationwide COVID-19 lockdowns, the MADE in South Bristol: Exploring Creative Enterprise programme will take place online. The team at KWMC The Factory team will prepare and send workshop packs to participants ahead of the programme, and provide an online space to host sessions, connect you with others on the programme and access useful resources.

In total participants will receive 12 hours of support spread across five activities. Workshops include:

MADE Intro (Group workshop)An introduction to the programme and KWMC The Factory. During the first session we’ll cover the design process and the equipment available in The Factory as well as a light reflective mapping exercise.

What if? What next? (Group workshop): The session will open with identifying your values before moving into an ideas generation exercise. Put the previously taught design process into action.

Ideas into Business (Group workshop): The workshop, spilt over two sessions, will take the idea you generated in the previous workshop and start to build a business around it.  The first session explores your product, potential customers and markets. The second explores selling, money and skills.

Prototyping Workshop (Group workshop): Jumping back into the design process participants will start sketching concepts and work towards making a prototype. This workshop will demonstrate how to rapidly prototype with materials you can find at home.

Now//Soon//Later (1-to-1 hour session):  With a member of The Factory team, participants create a business map by piecing everything you’ve thought about over the weeks, and set goals and actions.

Timetable: November 2020

Monday 16 November: Timetables confirmed by email
Wednesday 18 November: Participants receive workshop packs
Friday 20 November: MADE Intro (morning or afternoon)
Monday 23 November: What if? What next? (morning or afternoon)
Friday 27 November : Ideas into Business, Part 1 (morning or afternoon)
Monday 30 November: Ideas into Business, Part 2 (morning or afternoon)
Friday 4 December: Prototyping (morning or afternoon)
Monday 7 – Wednesday 9 December: Now//Soon//Later (bookable hour slots)

We have scheduled each workshop to run twice and each will be between 2-2.5 hours. Participants will take part in either a morning or afternoon session.

If you receive a confirmation email for the programme, you will be asked to fill out a registration form and a poll to confirm availability for morning and afternoon activities and the Now//Soon//Later 1-2-1.

Don’t worry if you missed the November 2020 start date – the programme will be run again in 2021.

Want to get involved?

The first round of applications are closed, and we will be contacting participants Friday 17th November. If you’re interested in joining the next cohort email

More info

Need more information? Visit our frequently asked questions (FAQ) or contact directly with your question.


MADE in South Bristol is delivered by KWMC The Factory as part of South Bristol Enterprise Support (SBES), which is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and West of England Combined Authority Investment Fund. SBES is delivered in partnership by Bristol City Council, YTKO, School for Social Entrepreneurs, The Prince’s Trust and KWMC The Factory.

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