Engine Shed is to partner with ACH and Barton Hill Settlement to bring Bristol and Bath’s established business support ecosystem into underrepresented communities.
The aim of the partnership is to strengthen new and existing businesses in the region. Connecting Engine Shed’s expertise, reputation, and business connections to the communities where ACH and Barton Hill Settlement have already developed a strong and trusted relationship with residents will support a more inclusive business environment for local companies and entrepreneurs.
The one-year pilot is funded by ACH, Engine Shed, the West of England Combined Authority, and the University of Bristol, and starts in June 2018 with the appointment of an ‘Entrepreneurial Facilitator’ who will be employed by ACH and trained by ACH, Barton Hill Settlement, Engine Shed, and SETsquared Bristol.
The pilot is the first of a number of projects that the University of Bristol is supporting as part of its commitment to engaging with local communities ahead of the development of the new Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus.
Unlike most publicly funded schemes, this partnership will focus on the quality and length of relationships, rather than volume. The Entrepreneurial Facilitator will support entrepreneurs and established business owners, initially in the newly arrived communities in Bristol, and the community around Barton Hill.
Engine Shed Director, Nick Sturge, said: “We’re delighted to support this project as part of our mission to drive inclusive and sustainable economic growth in the Bristol and Bath region. Engine Shed’s wealth of business connections will help us in providing wider access to business support for under-represented communities and facilitating vital networking opportunities for entrepreneurs in newly arrived communities.”