STEAMhouse Phase 1
We are delighted to invite sole traders (including self-employed artists, designers and makers), micro-businesses and small and medium sized enterprises to register for STEAMhouse’s support programmes. There are a range of different opportunities on offer, including the Production Space Open Route which has been designed to support people to prototype and make new creative products, by offering 12 months free access to STEAMhouse’s fabrication workshops.
Registration will be on a rolling cycle, with deadlines at the end of each month. After each deadline we will review applications to check eligibility and suitability for the programmes and contact you within 4 weeks with a decision.
STEAMhouse Phase 1 is a new 15,000 sq ft centre for creative innovation, developed by Eastside Projects in partnership with Birmingham City University. It will open on Digbeth High Street in April 2018 with a range of spaces and programmes designed to support local businesses, including those working within the Creative Industries. It will house co-working and project spaces and substantial new fabrication facilities with equipment and staffing to support prototyping, production and making in digital, wood, metal and print.
The production facilities will be complemented by a programme of STEAMlabs, open innovation and design thinking workshops which will enable enterprises (SME’s), including micro businesses and sole traders, to research and develop innovative solutions to new ideas, products and services. Aimed at designers, entrepreneurs, creatives, academics, coders, artists, developers, scientists, manufacturers, health professionals and engineers with established, or newly established businesses, there is a thematic focus based on growth areas of Creative and Digital, Low Carbon, Health and Life Sciences and Advanced Manufacturing.
The centre will support to 200 SMEs from the Greater Birmingham and Solihull LEP Region and is funded by Arts Council England through the Creative Local Growth Fund and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and is themed around the growth sectors identified by Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP).