Harbour for Creative Entrepreneurs
Harbour = a place that gives a home or provides shelter
Creative entrepreneurs = are investors in their own talent
The Harbour for Creative Entrepreneurs would provide a virtual & physical hub for creative entrepreneurs in the Greater Bristol area to nuture their SMEs (small and medium enterprises.)
The Harbour's mission would be to support the growth of the vibrant creative sector in Bristol, focusing on individuals and companies manufacturing locally-made products. The Harbour would encourage entrepreneurship and innovation, and create employment opportunities for a diverse local workforce.
Our vision is a more sustainable local creative economy, where entrepreneurs who design and manufacture products locally thrive, in turn, creating quality jobs for a wide range of people and contributing to the overall economic and social vibrancy of our City.
Bristol's artists, designers, craftspeople, musicians, actors, writers, architects and artisan food producers need a special, dedicated place to develop & be inspired to ensure the continued growth of the creative sector. The Harbour would aim to provide this....
The Harbour would consist of:
- A physical space to hot desk in a professional and stimulating environment away from the retail environments, family commitments, and unsuitable creative workspaces & studios (these are often unsuitable to complete essential business tasks like admin & marketing.)
- Access to affordable specialists in creative business support (marketing, PR, branding, accounting, insurance etc.)
- A dedicated signposting website for creative entrepreneurs in the South-West (courses, information, forums & a place to make recommendations.)
- A regular programme of both peer-to-peer learning and industry-specific education (advice on time-management, new social-media platforms, direct marketing, blogging etc.)
- Networking events & collaboration opportunities
- An active network connecting creative entrepreneurs & SMEs to relevant local resources and international experts.
The benefits of this Hub would be:
- To provide tools for individuals and SMEs to grow sustainably and encourage self reliance
- To foster one of Bristol's biggest business sectors
- To boost the local economy and provide employment.
All this would be paid for by the membership with an affordable membership fee and on a pay-per-use of the facilities. Commercial sponsorship and education grants could also supplement.
Why the contribution is important
Why the Harbour is needed:
Creative manufacturers make up some of the most diverse, innovative businesses in Bristol. They design and manufacture products for consumers all over the world but can struggle to build sustainable, resilient businesses due to the lack of access to specialist advice and support and are often isolated in the way & places they create.
Creative entrepreneurs who manufacture locally have largely made a conscious decision to embrace local manufacturing as a vital component of their business strategy, and celebrate the eclectic and soulful social environs that embody Bristol. These businesses should be encouraged and supported to continue to do this as it has a positive impact on the wider community.
In addition to working with creative entrepreneurs the Harbour would engage with the larger community, offering educational workshops, studio tours, and other programmes designed to heighten the public awareness of creative manufacturing. This would provide an insight behind traditional and emerging creation practices and technologies and highlight the collective role craftspeople have in the local economy.
The Harbour would seek to develop and share a model for creative manufacturing incubation that other UK cities could use to catalyse their own local manufacturing sectors.
by user530179 on December 17, 2013 at 10:44AM