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MADE in South Bristol

A creative programme supporting residents and small businesses in South Bristol to explore the potential of digital manufacturing and enterprise.

Have you ever considered turning your creative hobby into a business, or designing and making your own products?

MADE in South Bristol is a new programme, beginning in November 2020, that will support you to develop business and product ideas and begin to test them out, through a package of mentoring, support and training in using digital making technologies.

The programme is free to take part in and open to¬†people aged 18+ in South Bristol¬†who don‚Äôt currently own a business but are interested in¬†exploring entrepreneurship, as well as existing creative businesses, sole traders and¬†freelancers looking‚ÄĮfor advice and‚ÄĮguidance to grow.

MADE in South Bristol is run by our innovation space KWMC The Factory, which specialises in making, digital manufacturing and product design. Based at Filwood Green Business Park, KWMC The Factory supports people to develop skills in digital manufacturing, create and test new products and prototypes, and connect with other makers.

The Programme

MADE in South Bristol¬†uses a ‘blended’ delivery model, combining online¬†sessions and¬†face-to-face activity¬†– in line with COVID-19 Health & Safety guidance.¬†Participants can get involved in a variety of workshops as well as mentoring and coaching sessions,¬†networking¬†events and guided access to KWMC The Factory‚Äôs digital¬†fabrication¬†equipment, which includes¬†3D printers, laser cutters and digital textiles equipment.

MADE in South Bristol has two tailored programmes Рclick on the links below to find out more about each strand and how you can apply:

Exploring Creative Enterprise (Pre-start): For beginners and those ready to kick-start a business and explore creative enterprise. This strand is especially designed for individuals who are currently not running a business but interested in starting one, and provides a guided introduction to the design process, business basics, and rapid prototyping. Begins November 2020.

Growing Creative Businesses (Existing businesses): For creative businesses, sole traders and freelancers currently trading looking‚ÄĮfor support to grow¬†their business and ideas. Includes a mix of workshops, prototyping and mentoring. Begins Jan/Feb 2021.

A document of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about MADE in South Bristol is available here.

Get Involved!

Sound like it’s the programme for you? You can apply using the online forms below:

(Round one applications have closed) MADE in South Bristol: Exploring Creative Enterprise 


Apply to MADE in South Bristol: Growing Creative Businesses 




If writing is not an accessible format for you or you prefer not to write, please contact Emma at The Factory and she’ll help fill out the form.

Alternatively, you can record yourself answering the questions by speaking into your phone (either video or audio). If you prefer to record video or audio, your recording should be no longer than 5 minutes. E-mail your video / audio file application to Emma Boulton ( and include which strand of the programme you’re applying to in the title of your e-mail.


MADE in South Bristol‚ÄĮis delivered by KWMC The Factory as part of¬†South Bristol Enterprise Support‚ÄĮ(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‚Äôs Trust and KWMC The Factory.

Banner images by Ibolya Feher.

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