Emmaus recognizes that the UK desperately needs more business start-ups. Small businesses are engines for economic growth, innovation and employment. We need more entrepreneurial activity and that means more individuals taking the courageous decision to start their own business. Emmaus Bristol has utilised funding from the European Regional Development Fund to set up a business incubator designed around the needs of fledgling businesses.
Head of Innovation, Peter Gifford: “Ideas, commitment and drive are valued and welcomed in our low cost environment. We offer safe, secure enterprise units within Backfields House at a cost flexible to suit the start-up period. Our space is Wi-Fi connected and includes meeting rooms for use by our entrepreneurs. Backfields House is located in the centre of Bristol’s most creatively driven quarter and we offer a range of brilliant, newly renovated open-plan workspaces. Our entrepreneurs include people of all backgrounds, so if you are changing your life from a chaotic situation, escaping a cycle of homelessness or overcoming personal challenges, we would love to assist you on that path to running your own business”.
We have a wide range of businesses and social enterprises within the business incubator; a few examples are:
Bristol Life Centre: a community interest company which has been created to reduce gang crime through a programme of intervention, prevention and rehabilitation.
Kecks Clothing: upcycled clothing label based within Emmaus with workshops and textile reuse consultancy on site.
Me Maps: schools based personal development tools to enable young people to set their goals with SMART objectives, alongside support and guidance.
Rockstar Marketing: media , web design and marketing specialising in small and start-up businesses.
We don’t just provide desk space – we expect you to take an active part in our close knit mentoring and training programme. “The Emmaus team will meet with you to discuss how your business is doing, listen to the issues you may be facing and help you identify potential solutions. We will walk beside you as you get to learn about the highs and lows of running your own business and our training programme will help to equip you as your business grows. The team can also guide you towards support that may be available from regional and national schemes, with help to access them. We also encourage our enterprises to support each other – we meet together regularly and share our experience and knowledge in creative ways.”
“Our aim within the business incubator is not only to help enterprises to develop and thrive, but for our enterprises to be role models and mentors in their communities.”
If this sounds like you, please contact us so that we can arrange an informal meeting when you can see round and chat about your needs and discover together whether the Emmaus Business Incubator is a suitable place for you to take those first steps with your business or enterprise.