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The Enabler Of Exciting Creative Collisions And Connections

Each city has its own set of unique, distinct features. Engine Shed, the enabler of exciting creative collisions and connections, is one such Bristol landmark, both physical and virtual. A partnership between Bristol City Council, the University of Bristol and the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Engine Shed is an enterprise hub where businesses, entrepreneurs, academics, social innovators and corporates collaborate. Engine Shed showcases the strengths and innovations of the region by providing space, creating encounters and running projects that inspire, enable and challenge us all.

“At its heart, Engine Shed is a vibrant, neutral space that serves the city region in a really interesting matchmaking role.”

- Hugh Brady, Vice-Chancellor, University of Bristol

Engine Shed’s vision sets out its intention: “Our region is a growing economy that is inclusive, sustainable and that benefits everyone who lives here, and is recognised internationally as innovative and dynamic. To achieve this, we innovate, seed activity and connect people to drive inclusive economic activity across sectors.”

Engine Shed’s purpose is two-fold. As a place, it is an event venue, provider of office accommodation and meeting rooms, and a coworking space with a members’ business lounge. Tenants include Boomsatsuma, TechSPARK, One Big Circle, GW4, Catch22 and SETsquared Bristol. At the same time, Engine Shed runs projects that deliver on growth, inclusion and innovation. These projects are funded by 30% of Engine Shed’s operating surplus.

Each year, some 30,000 people visit Engine Shed for events and meetings and there are 1,200 events including conferences and formal dinners. Over 60 partners work with Engine Shed to deliver positive social and economic benefit and the organisation has 19 growth, inclusion, and innovation projects that are underway at the moment.

To inform the projects, Engine Shed’s community ‘cluster-building’ activities help the team to reinforce the strength, depth and breadth of Bristol and Bath locally, nationally and internationally.

Successful projects include Diverse Workforce for the Future, teacher work experience, ScaleUp Enabler, In-Residence services for investment and property, Entrepreneurial Outreach and Quarterly Investment Briefings, to name a few. Engine Shed also plays host to numerous trade missions, UK Government Minister announcements and Royal visits, as well as school children, students, visiting academics and social enterprise organisations.

Engine Shed has and continues to broker effective yet different partnerships and collaborations to support the region’s inclusive economic growth. Through this experimentation and subsequent success, Engine Shed has set further ambitions and is scaling with Engine Shed 2 in the pipeline, to be developed within the city’s economic hub, Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone, and plans for further afield.

Hugh Brady, Vice-Chancellor, University of Bristol, has this to say about the city’s enterprise hub: “At its heart, Engine Shed is a vibrant, neutral space that serves the city region in a really interesting matchmaking role.” To see how your business or organisation can become part of Bristol’s future economic success, get in touch.

Engine Shed

+44 (0)117 903 1100
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Station Approach, Temple Meads, Bristol BS1 6QH

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