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Enterprise Support

Make, Access, Develop, Enterprise

  • Have you ever wondered what it would be like to run your own creative business?
  • Do you have a creative business but need support to help it sustain and grow?

The Factory is host to a broad community of makers, innovators and entrepreneurs channelling their creative energy into prototypes, products and  new sources of income. Many of the businesses we work with started locally, in peoples homes, by people with no prior experience of working for themselves. All it takes is an idea.

We pride ourselves on the inclusive and accessible approach to start-up and business support delivered through our MADE programme for people at all stages of the creative business journey.

MADE is The Factory’s latest enterprise strand and continues the tradition of previous projects including  Making It  and  The Network for Creative Enterprise. It offers complete business beginners, and emerging and established enterprises the support, advice, equipment and training needed to start and thrive as a creative business.

MADE stands for:

  • Make: Encourage making, prototyping and new products through new digital manufacturing techniques
  • Access: Access to skills and digital fabrication equipment at our state-of-the-art facility at Filwood Green Business Park (currently under refurbishment)
  • Develop: developing skills and training in design, sustainable materials, prototyping, and business
  • Enterprise: Inspiring the new enterprises and products, and growing businesses in Bristol.

Our mission is to inspire and celebrate enterprise, and, with making at the heart of The Factory, to support and empower individuals to turn ideas into reality.

In 2020, The Factory launched its first initiative under the MADE programme, MADE in South Bristol, which is proudly focused on our home turf: South Bristol.

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, or do you have a business and want to create and test new products? Learn skills for resilience and future proofing your company?

MADE in South Bristol is a new programme can 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’t (currently) run a business and want to explore entrepreneurship, or
  • Existing creative businesses, sole traders and freelancers looking for advice and guidance to grow, or
  • Existing businesses who need to adapt to survive

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.

Don’t take our word for it!

We believe the best ambassadors for our programmes are the people who take part.
Check our Liz and David‘s stories about their MADE experiences.

The Programme

MADE in South Bristol provides existing and emerging businesses support through bespoke packages including dedicated workshops, mentoring and coaching, bootcamps, networking and events. Our support programmes also offer an introduction to KWMC The Factory’s digital fabrication equipment, which includes 3D printers, laser cutters and digital textiles kit. We can also offer prototyping support for the production of new products and innovations.

Upcoming Opportunities

We run MADE in South Bristol initiatives throughout the year.

Please see information below on our current opportunities below

Creative Business Support Bootcamp – 8th and 9th September 2022

“Do you own your business or does your business own you?” 

The MADE Creative Business Support Bootcamp is a FREE two-day intensive bootcamp for creative businesses, freelancers and sole traders who operate in South Bristol.

Through this fully-funded programme, you will be supported to:

  • Connect with customers 
  • Network 
  • Be seen on social media 
  • Manage finance 
  • Find funding 
  • Generate growth 
  • …and more! 

The course, taking place on Thursday September 8th and Friday September 9th, is being held at The Factory. To register your interest simply drop an email to factory_enterprise@kwmc.org.uk.  

You will then be sent further information on eligibility criteria and how to apply

This programme is free to attend for eligible businesses as part of South Bristol Enterprise Support.

***Please ensure to register your interest as early as possible to ensure you match the criteria and secure a place, as there are limited spots available***

Got a question?

If you have a question about MADE in South Bristol, please contact us to arrange an informal chat at factory_enterprise@kwmc.org.uk

Credits

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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Contact Us

Knowle West Media Centre
Leinster Avenue
Knowle West
Bristol
BS4 1NL
+44 (0) 117 903 0444
enquiries@kwmc.org.uk

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