Have you ever considered turning your creative hobby into a business, or designing and making your own products, or do you have a business and want to create and test new 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:
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.
At the end of 2020, David saw a post about KWMC The Factory’s MADE in South Bristol business support programme on Facebook and applied to take part. A member of Sing Out Bristol, the South West’s largest LGBT+ choir, David runs their website and social media pages as a volunteer, and is a part-time retail worker. He had been searching for things that he could do in his spare time. He...
In November 2020 the MADE in South Bristol programme kicked off with its first series of workshops: ‘Exploring Creative Enterprise’. MADE is a creative programme at KWMC The Factory that has been designed to support residents and small businesses in South Bristol to explore the potential of digital manufacturing and enterprise. Liz, who has lived in Bristol for 12 years and...
MADE provides 12 hours of support through dedicated workshops, mentoring and coaching, networking and events and guided access to KWMC The Factory’s digital fabrication equipment, which includes 3D printers, laser cutters and digital textiles equipment.
MADE in South Bristol combines interactive tools and face-to-face activity, in line with COVID-19 Health and Safety guidance, and provides accompanying resources from templates to online tutorials.
There are two programmes available, each tailored to support you at different stages of your enterprise journey. Click on the link below to find out more about each offer including how to 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. The course provides a guided introduction to the design processes, streamlined approach to business basics, space to explore and prototype your ideas. The first course of 2021 will run from February to March 2021.
Business Support (Existing businesses): For creative businesses, sole traders and freelancers currently trading looking for support to grow their business and ideas. Includes a mix of one-to-one business diagnostics, individual coaching and workshops. Begins March 2021.
A document of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about MADE in South Bristol is available here.
Sound like it’s the programme for you? You can apply using the online forms below:
Apply to MADE in South Bristol: Exploring Creative Enterprise
We have now completed our second iteration of this strand. Please contact email@example.com to express an early interest in our next running of this programme (later in 2021)
Apply to MADE in South Bristol: Business Support
We are currently running our first iteration of this strand. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to express an early interest in our next running of this programme (later in 2021).
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 (email@example.com) and include which strand of the programme you’re applying to in the title of your e-mail.
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.
Banner images by Ibolya Feher.