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 “Development 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.


To support growth, we focus on the “Scale Up Ecosystem” – we make sure that the West of England enables 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:

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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 two projects that aim to make our economy more inclusive and competitive:


  • Diverse workforce for the future (“DWFTF”) 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.


  • Entrepreneurial Outreach We have been very aware that the mainstream business community and business support activities in the West of England are not fully representative of the communities active in the city region. Engine Shed has partnered with ACH and Barton Hill Settlement to strengthen new and existing businesses from under-represented communities the region and inform the development of existing business support systems in the area.

See the results of our latest inclusion 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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