Image courtesy of South Bristol Enterprise Support.
Local creatives who would like to turn their hobbies into small businesses can now get support from a new scheme in Knowle West starting in November.
MADE in South Bristol is being launched by arts charity Knowle West Media Centre (KWMC) on Thursday (29 October) – and will teach people to design and make their own products at its innovation space KWMC: The Factory
Based at Filwood Green Business Park, The Factory specialises in making, digital manufacturing and product design.
It will be supporting adults aged 18 plus in South Bristol who don’t currently own a business but are interested in starting one, as well as existing creative businesses looking for advice and guidance.
The initiative is part of the South Bristol Enterprise Support (SBES) programme.
MADE in South Bristol will offer a mix of online and ‘in person’ enterprise support, which can be tailored to each individual’s needs.
This could include mentoring sessions, opportunities to meet other makers and entrepreneurs, and training in using digital design software and fabrication equipment – such as laser cutters and 3D printers.
Creative Enterprise Project Manager at KWMC: The Factory, Emma Boulton, said: “With COVID-19 changing our lives dramatically, many people are considering alternative ways to work and earn money: people who had not previously considered selling creative products are now exploring this as a viable choice.
“Making, innovation and creativity are at the heart of KWMC: The Factory and we want to support more people in our local area to have the confidence and skills to make their ideas a reality.”
The first programme will start the week beginning 16 November and will be for individuals who currently don’t run a business and want to explore creative entrepreneurship.
The MADE in South Bristol programme for existing businesses will start from January/February 2021.
KWMC The Factory is launching MADE in South Bristol on Thursday 29 October 2020 from 12.30- 1.30pm with an informal online event for people to find out more.
For those unable to attend a second one is being held on Tuesday 3 November at the same time. Please email Emma to book at firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information and to sign up visit www.kwmc.org.uk/enterprise-support/ or contact Emma Boulton on the details above.