Do you have a new environmental business idea? Test it out with a panel of experienced environmental entrepreneurs during Big Green Week for a chance to win membership of the WorkHub at Filwood Green Business Park – the perfect place to start and grow a green business in South Bristol.
The ‘Access to Finance’ event gives you the opportunity to come and hear about some of the funding options available to Entrepreneurs in the Bristol and surrounding areas. You will have the opportunity to hear from four funders (some of which you might never have considered as an option to your business), as well as meet with fellow Bristol Entrepreneurs in this informative, interactive session.
Spaces are limited, so make sure that you book your ticket today to avoid disappointment!
If you are a Business Owner who wants to develop their business, but is unsure of how to fund it – then this is your opportunity to find out a little bit more.
We are delighted that the Filwood Green Business Park has won one of only two Design Awards made by the Bristol Civic Society on 7th June 2016.
The architect James Horner of Stride Treglown gave a presentation on the challenges of the site, how the final design was developed with input from local people at various stages, and on the environmental features that have made the building BREEAM Outstanding. Business Manager, Iwona Tempowski, talked about the success of the business park in attracting tenants and how much everyone loves working here.
Bristol City Council was represented by Deputy Lord Mayor, Cllr Chris Davies, who spoke at the Society’s AGM preceding the Awards, with Deputy Lady Mayoress Mrs Sue Davies.
With just over half the workspaces already taken at Filwood Green Business Park, we will be celebrating our first year anniversary on the afternoon of Thu 26th May.
Starting at 1.30pm, when the Travel West Sustainable Transport team will be here to give advice on your sustainable transport options, from 2pm there is a session on Alternative Business Finance, lead by the team from Get Set for Growth. There will be the usual Thursday Afternoon Tea and Cakes in the WorkHub from 3.30pm then 4pm there will be an update on Bristol’s Sustainable Urban Development Strategy (SUD).
Tenants, WorkHub members and other local businesses are welcome to join these activities an to stay on for an early evening networking session through to 7.30pm.
The regular monthly FSB South Bristol Networking Breakfast returns to Filwood Green Business Park will skip May, due to the Bank Holiday. The next date will be Thu 2nd June. Please book your place to join this friendly group.
Arrival from 7.30am for a couple of hours of networking over a lovely breakfast.
The South Bristol Network returns to Filwood Green Business Park on Weds 27/4/16. This event is intended to provide a networking opportunity for the mutual benefit of Business, Charity and Not for profit organisations. All local businesses are welcome to attend.
The event opens from 09:00 for 09:30 start, an informal 2 hours with a couple of short talks & time to catch up over coffee with like minded organisations, exchange ideas and opportunities to support each other.
There is no charge for this event however a small donation towards the costs would be appreciated, with any surplus going to charity!
A group of budding entrepreneurs came to visit Filwood Green Business Park yesterday as part of the UWE Bristol’s GREENpreneurs programme. Co-funded by the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme, the pilot course is designed to boost their team working skills and entrepreneurial mindset within the energy efficiency, renewable energy and related sectors. The group had a full tour of the building and also enjoyed talks and Q&A with two of our tenants MTS Environmental Ltd and Green Warehouse, on their experiences of setting up an environmental business. They also joined us for tea and cakes in the afternoon, which occurs every Thursday in our work hub space for tenants to network and interact with other businesses here on site.
Travelwest want to hear your thoughts on the best way to connect a new walking and cycling route between Hengrove and City centre, via Filwood. They are keen to hear any existing issues or possible improvements which could be made along the route. Where the maps show dashed lines, these are two possible options for the route.
Click here to comment: filwood.commonplace.is
Click here for more info on consultation dates: Filwood Poster
Voting is now open for the BREEAM Awards 2016. Filwood Green Business Park has been nominated for best industrial building. Follow this link breeam.com/shortlist to vote
We are very pleased to announce that Filwood Green Business Park has received its final post-construction BREEAM certificate rated ‘Outstanding’, with a score of 93%. This also means we are the 2nd most sustainable industrial building in the UK!
We are very happy to announce we won the Eco Green Building Award at the Bristol Post Green Capital Awards 2015! The ceremony was held at the Bristol Marriott hotel on November 12th, and Mayor George Ferguson was in attendance. Please click here for more information.
Tonight is the night – Filwood Green Business Park has been nominated for the Eco Green Building Award in the first Bristol Post Green Capital Awards, as part of Bristol’s year as European Green Capital. The category is for “the most interesting sustainable building completed since 1st January 2014”.
The ceremony takes place on Thursday November 12th at the Bristol Marriott Hotel. Find out more here.
On 5th November we will be hosting a Federation of Small Business (FSB) Breakfast Networking Event. Following on from the success of three existing FSB Breakfasts, FSB are trailing a new one at our innovative new site.
Everyone who attends will have the opportunity to pitch their wares to different people around the table in a friendly, relaxed and informal environment.
A delicious buffet-style breakfast will be provided, sourced from a local independent company.
Place your booking now. Tickets cost £9 to be paid in advance via the FSB Eventbrite portal, just click on South Bristol Networking Breakfast.
Bristol City Council, the Federation of Small Businesses, Business West, Bristol Junior Chamber, West of England Local Enterprise Partnership, the Department for Work & Pensions, City of Bristol College, Knowle West Media Centre and Make More Margin are planning a Business & Jobs Fair from 9.30am to 3pm on 23 September at Filwood Green Business Park.
We are offering FREE spaces to:
We are delighted to announce that Bristol City Council’s Filwood Green Business Park was named the winner of the 2015 2degrees Network Champions Award for a New Building on 15th July.
The award recognises the many environmental features of the building which make it BREEAM Outstanding, and celebrates the aims of the project, which is rooted in the aspirations of the local Knowle West community.
We hope the business park will attract the low carbon ethos businesses that Bristol wants to take forward our vision for a greener, healthier and more sustainable city, and set the standard for future development in South Bristol.
If you are thinking of starting a business this summer, why not take advantage of the enterprise support available in Bristol?
Start-up Britain are visiting Filwood Green Business Park on the morning of Wednesday 8th July. Anyone can stop by to receive the support and advice you need to start or grow your business. It will also be an opportunity to network with local entrepreneurs, receive guidance and inspiration, and meet local start-up support organisations. More information
OutSet Bristol provide an interactive online learning platform OutSet online that can help you to navigate the essential steps of starting a business. The learning platform is a combination of video tutorials, online tools, interactive activities, downloadable resources and user forums that complement your learning, allowing you to reinforce your skills at home and go over things at your own pace. This online resource is free to Bristol residents for 12 months.
Brave Enterprise Agency offer a free Thinking about Business introductory seminar aimed at anybody considering going into business for the first time or becoming self employed. Brave also offer a Business Start-up Workshop in which you can receive expert advice and encouragement, help with preparing yourself, your finances and your business plan to make it become a reality.
Business West offer two training courses to help take you from an initial idea to the launch of your business. Thinking About Starting a Business? is a short two hour introduction course and Business Planning and Finance for Start-ups is a more in-depth workshop that will help you to create and develop robust, investment-ready business plans and financial forecasts.
The Enterprising Britain Awards are part of the Government’s drive to increase entrepreneurial activity in the UK. They are managed by Young Chamber Ltd on behalf of the Department for Business Innovation and Skills. This competition is also used to identify the UK entries to the European Enterprise Promotion Awards for 2015.
Entry to the Enterprising Britain Awards 2015 is now open and you can register here before Friday 26th June
There are four categories open for entry and they are are:
The £12m Green Business Park designed to boost economic prosperity and create hundreds of jobs in South Bristol was officially opened by Mayor of Bristol, George Ferguson (28 May).
Filwood Green Business Park is a flagship project of Bristol’s year as European Green Capital 2015 and is a new sustainable home for small and medium sized businesses, providing 40,000 sq ft of workshop and office space.
The opening ceremony featured a theatrical performance by Cirque Bijou accompanied by drummers, stilt walkers and a BMX stunt rider, followed by a performance by Bristol 2015 European Green Capital poet, Martin Kiszko.
The Mayor then officially opened the business park and toured the building, led by architects, Stride Treglown. The building is the first of its type in the south west built to the industry leading ‘BREEAM Outstanding’ environmental and sustainability standards and has been shortlisted for a prestigious 2degrees Champions award for new building 2015.
Assistant Mayor for Place, Cllr Mark Bradshaw, Members of the Knowle West Project Board and representatives from the Homes and Communities Agency, DCLG, West of England Local Enterprise Partnership, construction company MIDAS and prospective tenants also joined the tour.
George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol said: “Filwood Green Business Park is a great vote of confidence in the future of South Bristol. It gives me huge pleasure to be able to open it during our year as European Green Capital and to invite families and members of the local community to come and see this important new development on their doorstep.
“This project is a vital component of our year as Green Capital and provides a lasting legacy for the City, creating jobs by providing environmentally conscious businesses with workshop and office space to boost economic prosperity.”
“I want to give particular thanks to the design and construction team for delivering this elegant energy efficient complex and congratulate all involved in delivering this project from both within and outside the City Council.”
Cllr Mark Bradshaw, Assistant Mayor for Place said: “Getting the new business park ready and open for business is a great achievement and it will become South Bristol’s own ‘Engine Shed’.
“So many people have helped to make this happen and the dedicated project and the construction team deserves special mention. I toured the building during construction last year and returning I see a connected, sustainable hub which is future-proofed and offers great flexibility. This building sends a clear signal that South Bristol is thinking ahead to close the gaps in skills and infrastructure.”
Adam Frontczak, Area Manager at the Homes and Communities Agency, said: “It’s fantastic to see the Filwood Green Business Park open. It will bring huge benefits to the city, providing jobs and substantial economic value to help drive the regeneration of Knowle West. The successful development will also inspire the next phase of work: 150 new and affordable homes, alongside a public park, which will benefit the people of Knowle West for generations to come.”
Gary Milliner, of architect Stride Treglown said: “As the designers of Filwood Green Business Park we are excited to see the completed building welcomed by the local community at today’s grand opening.”
“We hope to see the building’s green credentials attract like-minded businesses and local independent workers to these new high quality interactive work spaces.”
Derek Quinn, executive director at Midas Construction, said: “As a Bristol-based company we are very proud to have created Filwood Green Business Park. The build involved more than 500 people working on site in Bristol, creating training opportunities for local apprentices and employing more than 300 local sub-contractors, with 20 staff working towards an NVQ qualification.”
“This is the first commercial building in the South West ever to earn a BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ rating, and one of the highest scoring environmentally-friendly buildings in the whole of Europe.”
After the tour a family fun day was held with stands from local businesses and organisations, a circus skills workshop, bubble fun workshop, face painting and food from local sausage maker Sausagenius and Pizza Monkey.
Knowle West Media Centre hosted a laser drop-in workshop, allowing people personalise special Filwood logo key-rings.
To find out about the opportunities for businesses and individuals at Filwood Green Business Park, call: 0117 403 2403
Residents and businesses of Knowle West and surrounding areas are invited to join project stakeholders, council representatives and Bristol Mayor George Ferguson to celebrate the opening of the Filwood Green Business Park.
This free event will take place during half term week and is suitable for all ages, including family friendly entertainment with a ‘green’ theme to fit into the business parks environmental ethos and Bristol’s year as European Green Capital. The event will also include displays from local businesses. Guided tours will give local residents and businesses a chance to explore the interior of the building after eagerly watching it take form over the last 14 months.
Thursday 28th May 12.30pm – 4pm (please arrive at 12.15 to be sure not to miss the theatrical ‘opening of the doors’ that will start the event.
Filwood Green Business Park, 1 Filwood Park Lane (off Hengrove Way), Bristol, BS4 1ET
How to get there
We encourage sustainable travel to the business park by bus, foot, bike, scooter, etc. There will be no onsite parking available at the event (except for disabled parking).
The business park is accessible by bus services 36, 50, 51, 75/76 and 90 from the city centre. Hengrove Bus Depot is located immediately adjacent the business park on Hengrove Way.
There is a dedicated pedestrian/ cycle footway running along Hengrove Way and plenty of cycle parking on site.
Thank you to everyone who voted for Filwood Green Business Park in the 2 Degrees Champion Awards – an award that recognises sustainable projects in the business community. Your votes have resulted in Filwood Green being shortlisted in the New Building category. The winner will be announced on 15th July.
The Filwood Green Business Park has been long listed for this year’s 2degrees Champions Awards for sustainable projects. If you think this is the best New Building nominated, please take a moment to vote for us.
Metro Bus contractors Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd are looking for South Bristol people to fill 70 construction jobs.
An event is being held for anyone that is interested in this opportunity to attend and find out more information. Staff from Griffiths, Bristol City Council’s Ways2Work team and the Department for Work and Pensions will be at the event to discuss options.
The event is being held on 16th April 3.30-7pm at The Gatehouse, Hartcliffe & Withywood Ventures, Hareclive Road, Bristol BS13 9JN.
We are looking for a contractor to organise and deliver a fantastic Opening Event for the Filwood Green Business Park on Thu 28th May. If you have the skills and experience, and can get to work immediately, please respond to the brief attached. FGBP Event Brief_final. Please note BCC Standard Terms and Conditions – Services
When: Tuesday 24th March, 2015 from 7:45 AM – 10:00 AM
Where: The ss Great Britain, Great Eastern Hall
This event is for businesses to find out how they can be part of the solution to the major issue of traffic, congestion and air quality in Bristol.
At this breakfast you will have the chance to hear speakers and case studies, network with other business professionals and meet local organisations who can help you on your mission to be a greener, more sustainable business when it comes to Travel & Transport.
There will also be a range of exhibitors to visit- a few lucky people will even get to have a go on an electric bike or test drive an electric car! Tickets are available here