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Enterprise Support

Make, Access, Develop, Enterprise

From jewellery design and plastics recycling to the development of augmented reality installations, The Factory is host to a community of makers, innovators and entrepreneurs channelling their creative energy into new prototypes, products and income streams.

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 enterprise beginners, and emerging and established businesses 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.

Who is it for?

COVID-19 has radically changed our lives – professionally and personally, and more and more people are considering changing careers and learning new skills and ways to become more resilient. MADE is an opportunity for individuals to explore new opportunities through enterprise, and for existing businesses to strengthen and grow.

MADE Provides Dedicated Support

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.

The Programme

MADE provides existing and emerging businesses support through bespoke packages including dedicated workshops, mentoring and coaching, 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 equipment. We can also offer prototyping support for the production of new products and innovations.

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 three 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:

***NEW! Creative Business Resilience Support Package: This new package is designed specifically for small creative business who are in need of urgent support and are at risk of closing their doors or losing jobs. This project is aimed at businesses impacted by Covid-19 and looking to adapt their business model to be fit for the future and in the new Covid landscape. It is for South Bristol registered business and is suitable for micro to small creative businesses (including sole traders). OPEN FOR APPLICATIONS UNTIL 4th OCTOBER 2021***

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. This programme will run again in 2022.

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. This programme will run again in 2022.

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.

Got a question?

If you have a question about MADE in South Bristol, please contact thefactory@kwmc.org.uk where we will be happy to help you.

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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