Enterprise projects

Engine Shed exists to create an economy that is innovative, sustainable, inclusive, and growing. We believe that this happens most effectively through collaboration and action. With our wonderful building(s), our location, our partners, our wider network and our position of neutrality, we have both the opportunity and responsibility to us that to better the environment we are in.

All revenue raised through rent, meeting room hire, Business Lounge membership and sponsorship contributes to an operating surplus. Each year that surplus is split 3 ways with 70% to Bristol City Council and University of Bristol to pay back the capital they invested in the building.

30% of the surplus goes into the Engine Shed “Enterprise Fund” which is used to reinvest in the facility and seed projects which help fulfil its mission.

We are active in two main areas where we can use our trusted relationships, local knowledge, connections, venue, profile, location, passion and seed money to make an impact for the long term (we took a 15 year lease on the building, so that’s our horizon):

  • Cluster building– actively using the connections made, and intelligence gathered, within Engine Shed to stimulate economic activity – such as hosting, sponsoring and initiating events, supporting the local authorities, the LEP and Invest Bristol & Bath in their work and hosting national and international delegations.
  • Project work – under the guidance of the Engine Shed Advisory & Governance Boards, we have identified some key challenges to long-term, sustainable, inclusive economic growth.


We have plenty of interesting projects that we know about or designed, that would benefit from some enthusiastic support. If you like what we are doing and want to support us, either through sponsorship or in-kind, please get in touch.


Our contribution to growth is around strengthening the “Scale Up Ecosystem” – making sure that the West of England has the most vibrant and fertile environment that allows businesses of all sectors and types, to scale, should that be the right path for them to take. In partnership with the West of England Combined Authority we:

  • host an Investor-in-Residence services to provide guidance to anyone to raise finance.
  • support local investment networks and organising the West of England Quarterly Investment Briefing
  • curate the West of England Scale-up Ecosystem Map
  • partner with UKBAA to run the Bristol Angel Hub
  • are developing a vehicle, Great Western Ventures,
  • sponsor Silicon Gorge investor pitching events

provide the West of England “Scale Up Enabler” who develops the broader Scale Up ecosystem, so that all companies that have the potential to scale up, can do.

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To ensure we have a sectorally diverse economy for the future we

  • Subsidise Social Enterprise Works, Bristol & Bath Social Enterprise Network and School for Social Entrepreneurs to co-locate in one of the Boxworks containers
  • subsidise a games incubator in ground floor office suite
  • sponsor new networks in the region
  • Enable the IoTBoost LoRaWAN project
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We are currently active with our “Diverse workforce for the future” project.

There is an economic imperative to ensuring we have a diverse talent pool for employers to tap into, in the future, in jobs we don’t yet understand. The Bristol & Bath area has a fantastically diverse pool of young people who we MUST include in the growth of the city region because we need them. Engine Shed’s role, here, is to help raise the aspirations of young people in the area and connect them with pathways to quality employment.

  • host school groups for talks and exposure to the working environment of world-class tech startups
  • invite primary school children into Engine Shed to carry out ‘maker’ type activities.
  • host staff INSET days at Engine Shed
  • work with existing major partners:
    • Learning Ships with My Future My Choice
    • INTOuniversity visits for entrepreneur days for year 5 & 6 and girls and boys in work days for year
  • Support a school students’ work experience programme
  • maintain a public list of known actors in this sector
  • publish calls for projects that utilise Engine Shed facets

See the results of our latest call here.

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Room hire

Whether you need space to work for a day, week or month, high-profile seminars, board meetings, training sessions, networking events we have the space for you

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How to find Engine Shed

Engine Shed
Station Approach
Temple Meads


+44 (0)117 903 1100


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