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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.

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.

The Factory is thrilled to have received further support from NatWest to support new women led businesses across Bristol to kickstart a new business by exploring their ideas in a creative and nurturing space.

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 in South Bristol: Dedicated Support for South Bristol Creatives

MADE in South Bristolis a creative enterprise programme for enterprise beginners, emerging and established creative SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) and entrepreneurs who are based in south Bristol.

MADE in South Bristol is an ideal opportunity if you live in south Bristol, are aged 18+, and:

– Are interested in starting a creative business or learning about creative enterprise

– Like support to create and test ideas and products

– Are an existing creative business, freelancer or sole trader looking support to grow your business.

MADE in South Bristol has two strands. Click the links below for more information, including the next programme dates and how to apply:

Exploring Creative Enterprise (Pre-start): For beginners and those ready to kick-start a business and explore creative enterprise. The course provides a guided introduction to the design processes, streamlined approach to business basics, space to explore and prototype your ideas.

Business Support (Existing businesses): For creative businesses, sole traders and freelancers currently trading looking for support to develop products and services, strengthen messaging and boost their marketing.

Both MADE in South Bristol programmes combine interactive workshops (online and in person), inspiring talks, and practical digital fabrication and prototyping sessions (workshops, production support and more!).

COMING SOON! MADE with NatWest: Empowering New Women & Gender Minority Led Businesses in Bristol 

The Factory is thrilled to team up with NatWest to deliver a dedicated enterprise programme to inspire and support women and gender minority led businesses across Bristol. 

Click here to find out more about MADE with Natwest.

Get Involved!

Sign up for our programmes will become available later in 2021. To express an interest in a MADE programme please fill out this form, “MADE: Future Programmes and Courses”.

You will be notified as programme sign up becomes available.

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 with you.

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.

Got Questions?

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

If you would prefer to ask a question directly about MADE in South Bristol, please contact Emma Boulton:

Accessibility and online participation

Support is available to help you get online and participating comfortably. Please email Emma with any access requirements or technical questions.


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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