SETsquared in Bristol
The Bristol SETsquared Centre is at Temple Meads - attached to the UK's most connected transport hub, Bristol Temple Meads Station, at the centre of the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone, just a few minutes walk from the city centre and 20minutes walk from the University of Bristol.
Research is at the heart of the University of Bristol's mission and is the reason behind its international reputation. In the latest independent Research Assessment Exercise (2008), 93 per cent of Bristol's departments were judged to be world-class or internationally excellent.
In 2008, the Bristol SETsquared Centre won the UKBI "Established Business Incubator of the Year" award, in 2012 won the UKBI "Outstanding Contribution to Business Incubation", and in the 6 years to 2013, helped it's member ventures raise some £83m of debt, grant and equity funding.
The Bristol SETsquared Centre offers unique, quality office space with desk-stations, reception services, meeting rooms, air conditioned offices, a wireless LAN within the iconic, Grade I listed station that Brunel built in 1841.
The facility is on the top floor of the Engine Shed building and provides:
- 10 shared desks in the pre-incubation space,
- 17 dedicated offices - each with 2-14 desks,
- 2 meeting rooms plus a dedicated training room.
Limited car parking is available in the adjacent Clock Tower Yard, at a cost for members, and there is ample secure cycle parking.
The Bristol centre is well established to support early-stage companies as well as later-stage companies of up to 10 people and corporate or university spinouts, who can benefit from our high quality support environment and University links.
In 2011, the Bristol Centre hosted a visit from HRH The Duke of York, who said: “I was very impressed by what SETsquared can provide new and aspiring businesses. It’s quite clear that it has a huge role to play for the local and national economy, supporting not just people linked to the University but anyone in the city who thinks they have a viable business idea.”
One of the regular events we run is the SETsquared Garden Party and Innovation Showcase, where investors, corporates, grant-funders and potential non-exec directors get together to see the exciting technology businesses that we support. See a video about that event.
The Bristol SETsquared Centre is now running Engine Shed - a collaboration between The University of Bristol and Bristol City Council. This project has started with a £1.7m refurbishment of Engine Shed, where SETsquared is now housed, (formerly the British & Empire Commonwealth Museum), which opened in November 2013. Engine Shed also houses the Invest in Bristol & Bath Growth Hub, a Business Lounge, a branch of the University of Bath's DigiCity co-working space, meeting rooms (including Brunel's original Board room), a public technology showcase and other significant tenants.