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MADE in South Bristol: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

MADE in South Bristolis a new support programme for emerging and established creative SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) and entrepreneurs at KWMC The Factory.

MADE in South Bristol provides a unique blend of face to face activity and interactive online sessions including hands-on workshops, mentoring, networking events and guided access to The Factory’s digital fabrication equipment. Participants are expected to commit to a minimum of 12 hours training within the programme.

Who can participate?

MADE in South Bristol: Exploring Creative Enterprise is ideal for:
  • Enterprise/Business beginners
  • Not running a business or trading
  • Or at very start of starting a business (you want to start but like some support to get going)

This would appeal to anyone who wants to explore what an enterprise is and what a business should think about. You could already have some skills or experience in making/design, or none at all.

Example, you could have a creative hobby like furniture making/jewellery design and think you might like to turn it into a career and generate income.

MADE in South Bristol Business Support is for:
  • Existing creative businesses and sole traders
  • Freelancers, designers, entrepreneurs, artists, partnerships etc.

This strand provides business support across a number of tailored workshops and dedicate one-to-one Factory support. The Factory specialises in digital fabrication, making and prototyping and as such we’re ideally suited to business looking to develop products and services.

Important: When applying for MADE Business Support applicants must provide a company registration number (CRN) or unique tax reference number (UTR).  See UK Gov for more information.

Eligibility criteria?

To be eligible for MADE in South Bristol programmes, participants must be 18+, and a current resident of South Bristol or business registered in South Bristol.

Specifically for the existing creative business programme you need to:

  • prove you are an existing business by providing a company registration number or unique tax reference number.
  • Confirm whether your business is an SME (Small to medium enterprise)
  • Declare (during sign up) any received state aid

You can contact Emma.Boulton@KWMC.org.uk if you have an eligibility questions 

What is counted as South Bristol? (MADE in South Bristol only)

Under the South Bristol Enterprise Support Project the 11 wards counted under south Bristol are Bedminster, Southville, Windmill Hill, Brislington West, Brislington East, Bishopsworth, Filwood, Knowle, Hartcliff and Withywood, Hengrove and Whitchurch Park, and Stockwood

You can contact Emma to check if you are in an eligible postcode.

I am not eligible for MADE programmes; can I still participate?

If you are not eligible you will not be able to participate in core programmes, however, on the odd occasion we offer available spaces on specialist workshops, talks and events to those outside the programmes. To keep up to date on available workshops, talks and events sign up to The Factory newsletter.

Are the programmes funded? 

Great news, the core support programmes are fully funded, so you won’t have to pay anything. However, additional machine hire and materials may cost extra.

Please get in touch with us if you have any concerns about affordability or access and we can discuss potential support to cover costs.

I have an idea for a business, but not sure where to start?

Join the “Exploring Creative Enterprise” course. This is tailored for people who need some support to think through the various parts of business. The programme will not cover business set up, however, will introduce you to the types of structures.

How many can take part?

For in person activities and workshops places are limited between 10 – 15 participants. This is to ensure we are delivering safely in line with our Covid guidelines.

The capacity for activities outside of the core MADE programmes may vary depending on the workshop.

How will/has covid-19 impact MADE in South Bristol?

The first MADE programmes were delivered online, and during lockdown The Factory was closed to the public.  We will regularly review our policies and any face-to-face activity will be designed in line with our COVID-19 Health & Safety regulations.

You can read KWMC’s full COVID-19 reopening info here. Any concerns or questions contact the factory.

Taking Part in MADE Programmes

What can I expect?

Both MADE in South Bristol programmes offer 12 hours of support. Both programmes strive to combine practical making/prototyping with business development.

Exploring Creative Enterprise is a 3 day course which builds business around ideas. The various sessions create a balance and guided journey into enterprise.

MADE Business Support is a flexible support programme spread over a longer timeframe (2 months), with access to 1-2-1 support (coaching and production) and focused workshops (prototyping, presenting and surgeries).

On top of our programme, The Factory regularly schedules business support workshops and talks which complement our support programmes.

Will I be able to use the Factory during MADE?

Yes, if there is a specific session or activity agreed with the Factory, for example one-to-one production support or prototyping workshops.

Can I come in and use The Factory equipment outside of MADE?

If you have been inducted on a machine you will be able to book/hire machines. If you have not been inducted you will not be able to come in and use equipment, unless it has been agreed with the Factory.

What is included in the ‘post-programme support’?

At the end of MADE programmes everyone has the opportunity to access post programme support where you can further develop ideas/products and apply your newly gained skills. The post programme support is optional and will include:

  • One free machine induction
  • One month free Factory membership
  • Discount on machine and space hire
  • Free use of the co-working space
  • Invites to member only events
I want to apply but I can’t make the dates?

Don’t worry, we’re running these again. You can either use this form (MADE: Future Programmes) to express your interest or contact emma.boulton@kwmc.org.uk – you will be contacted when programmes become available for sign up.

What if I can’t make all of the activities?

When signing up participants are expected to commit to the whole programme. We always recommend checking the dates and times before applying.

If you have applied and then are then unable to attend speak to emma.boulton@kwmc.org at the earliest opportunity.

Do I have to do the full 12 hours? (MADE in South Bristol only)

We encourage everyone to commit to the full 12 hours. It is important for programmes like MISB: Exploring Creative Enterprise which are designed as a curated course. For more flexible programmes like MISB: Business Support we can work with you to manage your time and support.

Please check your availability before signing up.

I’ve missed a session, or two, or three…

In the first instance contact Emma as there may be catch-up opportunities. There is also the possibility to re-join activity at a later date (when the activity runs again).

We understand people’s lives get busy and complicated but please stay in touch and keep us updated. If you miss multiple activities without contacting us, we may assume you no longer want to be part of the programme.

Applying to MADE

How do I apply?

When the programmes open online there will be a ‘APPLY NOW’ button. Clicking the button will take you to the online application form.

What do you mean I can ‘submit my own application’?

Forms are useful but they are not always an accessible format. We are open to receiving other formats for your application, so long as they use the online form as a guide. Audio and video must be no longer than 5 mins and sent to emma.boulton@kwmc.org.uk.

If the file size of your application is too big and won’t attached to an email you can share links to files including google drive, drop box, WeTransfer or similar. Contact Emma if you’re having difficulty sending your application.

I want to fill out the form but I need help, what do I do?

If you need help filling out and submitting the application you can contact emma.boulton@kwmc.org.uk and Emma will be happy to work through the form with you.

When will I know if I’m on MADE in South Bristol?

Participants will be notified at least one week before activity starts. When you have been notified you will receive links to an official registration forms and welcome pack.

I took part in MISB:Exploring Creative Enterprise can I move on to MISB:Business Support?

Absolutely! You can apply to join the programme for existing creative businesses but you must have started your business (registered with Companies house or HMRC, or started trading)

I have unanswered questions!

Email emma.boulton@kwmc.org.uk and she will get back to you as soon as possible.

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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