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 is a range of support on offer, including the Production Space Open Route which has been designed to support you to prototype and make new creative products, by offering 12 months free access to STEAMhouse’s fabrication workshops.
To apply you just need to complete the registration form which you will find HERE. As part of this you will be asked to write a short proposal outlining how you would like to use STEAMhouse, what you would like to make, test or prototype or what new skills you would like to develop.
It is a rolling application process, with new members being accepted each month, however there are a limited number of places and we expect demand to be high. We strongly recommend that you book onto one of the Open House Tours before applying – find all the information HERE.
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 opens 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 houses co-working and project spaces and The Production Space – substantial new fabrication facilities with equipment and staffing to support prototyping, production and making in digital, wood, metal and print.
The production facilities are 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).
Book onto one of the first Open House tours HERE