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MADE in South Bristol: Exploring Creative Enterprise

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

Exploring Creative Enterprise offers a crash course in starting a business, with your creative ideas at the centre. The 12-hour programme guides participants through the design/ideas process, the basics of business, and physically prototyping ideas. By the end of the programme, you will have an understanding of how you can create a business from your idea, and the confidence to develop further.

This course has been specifically tailored for individuals who are interested in starting a creative business or want to explore enterprise in a supported space. Perfectly suited to newcomers and those with different levels of expertise and knowledge.

*This programme is not suitable for existing creative businesses, sole traders or freelancers who are currently trading (have a Company Registration number or a Unique Tax Reference number).  Please see the MADE in South Bristol: Business Support Strand which may be more suitable for you*

Participation in Exploring Creative Enterprise is fully funded meaning there is no cost to you as a participant.  It is open to people aged 18+ living in South Bristol.

MADE in South Bristol is a part of MADE, The Factory’s creative enterprise support programme.

What’s the experience like?

David took part in the first round of Exploring Creative Enterprise workshops in 2020.  He said, “[MADE in South Bristol] was great because you got to mix with other people online, who are similar to you, who are all interested in learning […] MADE was a positive experience right from the word go, it was pitched just right for me and I enjoyed it.” Read David’s story here.

The programme

Exploring Creative Enterprise is a 12 hour course consisting of five key activities, all of which provide a balanced experience, encourage participants to let their idea lead a potential business and learning in a group setting.

The programme uses a combination of Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Miro (an online whiteboard) to deliver interactive sessions. To support home learning, participants are also provided with a workshop pack which is delivered to your house in advance. Further support to use new online tools is available.

The course sessions are:

MADE intro SessionAn introduction to MADE, The Factory, and how to use Miro.

What if? What next? (Group workshop): Exploring whats important to you (your values) and an introduction to the design process and rapid idea generation,

Ideas into Business (Group workshop): The workshop, spilt over two sessions, starts with your idea and helps you start to build a business around it.  It covers product, potential customers and markets, selling, money and skills.

Prototyping Workshop (Group workshop)Jump back into the design process and take your idea from concept to prototype and the test and evaluate it.

1-to-1 sessions:  With a member of The Factory team, dig further into the topic of your choosing, and finish the session with goal setting.


We have now delivered our first two cohorts on this programme and will be running this again later in 2021.

For your information, The schedule for the most recent cohort was:

MADE Intro Session – Wednesday 3 February, 10am – 11am
What if? What next? – Wednesday 10 February, 10am – 12.30pm
Ideas to Business Part 1 – Wednesday 17 February, 10am – 12.30pm
Prototyping – Wednesday 24 February, 10am – 12:30pm
Ideas to Business Part 2 – Wednesday 3 March 2021, 10am – 12:30pm
Bookable 1-2-1s – Wednesday 10 March and Thursday 11 March (1 hour slots)

Want to get involved?

We will update this page with full details of the next application and programme dates later in 2021.

You can contact also contact directly with your questions or to register your interest in joining our next cohort.

More info

Need more information? Visit our frequently asked questions (FAQ)


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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