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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 is for?

To start you must meet the eligibility criteria below. 

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 aboutYou 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 or even thought about a change in career and want to start a small business. This programme would be a great introduction to starting a creative enterprise. 

Growing Creative Businesses is for: 

– Existing creative businesses (registered, or currently trading) 

– Individuals with existing business experience 

This programme is for individuals and creative businesses who have already started, either small scale sales on esty or more established such as selling to other shops and retail. The programme provides growth support and a variety of tailor made workshops. For example if you have an existing business and want to develop new products, you could explore our prototyping activities or learn new  making processes.  

Note when applying for Existing Creative Business you need to provide a company registration number (CRN) or unique tax reference number.  

Eligibility criteria?

To be eligible participants must be 18+, and a current resident of South Bristol or business registered in South Bristol. You can contact emma.boulton@kwmc.org.uk to check details. 

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. Likewise, for Exploring creative Enterprise you need to confirm you are not trading or registered (as a business or with HMRC).  

Is it funded?

Great news, the core support programme is 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. 

How many can take part?

There is no limit on how many can take part, however, we are limited by how many we can work with in face to face workshops. This is to ensure we are delivering safely in line with our Covid guidelines. A majority of the programme will be delivered online using a variety of interactive tools.  

*UPDATE* 2020 activities will be delivered online only.  

How will covid-19 impact MADE in South Bristol?

All activities have been designed in line with our COVID-19 Health & Safety regulations. As mentioned above, MISB uses a blended approach and majority of the activity to be delivered online. For planned face to face activity group sizes are capped to 6, and in the event we are unable to deliver face to face events we will make arrangements to move these online and prepare and send workshop packs to all participants.  

*UPDATE* With the second lockdown The Factory are moving all MADE in South Bristol activities online. Participants will be sent workshop packs to accompany the online workshops.  

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

What can I expect?

MADE in South Bristol is using a ‘blended’ approach, this means there is a mix of online and in person activities, both using innovative and interactive tools to create engaging and interactive sessions. If you want to see what we’re using have a look at Miro, Google Jamboard, and Padlet, these are a few things we’re using in our online sessions.  

Exploring Creative Enterprise: The programme has 5 key activities spread and participants are expected to commit to these. If for whatever reason you need to stopped part way through, we can always discuss re-joining the programme at a later date.  

Growing Creative Businesses: There will be a number of workshops participants can join. There will be core activities at the start including a diagnostic session with The Factory, during this 1-2-1 participants will sign up to additional workshops and activities 

On both programmes participants will receive a minimum of 12 hours support, tools and resources to shape their ideas and business, access to machines and technical support. But that’s not all! Participants will join the wider Factory Family and have access to member meet up and events 

I want to apply but I can’t make the first dates?

Don’t worry, we’re running these again during 2021Contact emma.boulton@kwmc.org.uk to say you’d like to be notified for the next workshops. 

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

If you are unsure you can make the entire programme contact emma.boulton@kwmc.org.uk. Participants are expected to commit to the min. 12 hours, and activities are purposely spread over time to fit around other commitments as well as allow time for self-guided activities.  

If you’ve applied and then are then unable to attend speak to emma.boulton@kwmc.org at the earliest opportunityThere is always to option to re-join activities at a later date.  

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

Forms are incredibly useful but they’re not always the most accessible format. We’re 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 wont 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, 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 doodle poll to confirm availability for the upcoming workshops.  

I applied but didn’t get on, can I apply again?

Yes, you can apply again but you will only be able to do the programme you’ve applied to once.  

I took part in MISB Exploring Creative Enterprise can I move on to MISB Growing Creative Businesses?

Absolutely! You can apply to join the follow-on activity for existing creative businesses but remember to be suitable 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 Emma 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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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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