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Engine Shed and WECA launch 'map' to help fast-growth businesses

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Written by: Hannah Baker | Posted 14 September 2018 16:06

Engine Shed and WECA launch 'map' to help fast-growth businesses

Bristol's Engine Shed and the West of England Combined Authority have created a tool to help fast-growth businesses access more support.

The 'Growth Map', which can be accessed online through Engine Shed's Growth Hub, is a free resource that highlights local organisations that might be useful to someone running a business.

For example, the map offers information on investors, networking and co-working spaces in the city.

As well as the online version, there is also a printed map which can be used with an augmented reality app.

When the user holds the app over thel map, they will be able to explore more information about the organisations featured and discover how to connect with them.

The Growth Map lists over 50 organisations which Engine Shed has identified as the most engaged and beneficial to start-up creation and scale-up growth in the region.

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The data is organised by category to help users easily find the support they are looking for. The categories are:

  • Incubator/Accelerator - An organisation that provides a combination of people, business development processes and infrastructure to support a select group of members and/or tenants.

  • News/Events - An organisation that offers a newsletter and/or events open to the public.

  • Coworking plus – A provider of office or desk space who actively provides broader support to enable business growth.

  • Networks - An organisation which exists partly or wholly to facilitate connections between members or participants, and beyond.

  • Investment - An organisation that offers financial investment or can directly facilitate financial investment for companies and founders.

  • Social Impact - An organisation that supports others to work towards social goals and impact.

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It is hoped that the Growth Map will be updated twice a year and Engine Shed is actively seeking sponsorship to fund interactive versions to be distributed around the region.

Briony Phillips, Associate Director of Engine Shed, said: “We’re really excited to share a brand new map.

"We hope it will enable people across the region to find support, information and events that can help them as they start, scale and drive their business forwards.

“With the help of the AR app, created by Rocketmakers, we hope that the next generation of employees, researchers and visitors will use this tool to find their way around and to discover the great collaborations and projects that are happening across the region.”

West of England Mayor, Tim Bowles, added: “We are an economically successful region where businesses start, grow and thrive in high numbers.

"As Mayor, it is one of my priorities to ensure that businesses get the help and support they need to continue to grow and prosper.”

For more information, visit The West of England Growth Hub and the Scale Up Generator, which features a map of over 400 support services for scaling businesses.

The new Growth Map is available to download from and the app is available in android and apple app stores.


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