On 23rd January, our client Engine Shed played host to over 100 of its closest friends as it celebrated its 4th anniversary, and the launch of a new ‘super project’.
The purpose of the event was not only to throw a birthday party (any excuse!) but to bring together a large, diverse audience to celebrate Engine Shed’s achievements over the past four years, and reveal its intentions for the future. Just some of the milestones Engine Shed has reached since its launch in 2013 include:
- An average 30,000 visitors per year
- 2,587 school students hosted
- 784 jobs created by members of hosted incubators
- £231m investment raised by members of hosted incubators
- Over 100 third party events held in Engine Shed venue spaces
The collaborative super project which launched to coincide with Engine Shed’s anniversary was the culmination of one of Engine Shed’s major projects of the past 12 months – the Diverse Workforce for the Future campaign, which brought together four local companies to develop a programme that will inspire and encourage young people from diverse backgrounds to follow careers in the high tech, digital, creative, and low carbon sectors.
One of Engine Shed’s core missions is to bring together unlikely collaborators, and encourage competitors to share space and conversations, so it was only fitting that the evening was bookended by networking, including a facilitated activity that saw attendees buzzing as they got to know one another’s assets in short two minute bursts.
The interactive and collaborative event was indicative of Engine Shed’s core values. Never one to sit back and go with the flow, Engine Shed fosters and facilitates new relationships, cultivates growth and connection, and always keeps its mission to drive inclusive economic development at the centre of all its projects.
We’re proud to support Engine Shed and the amazing work they do in the local community, and across the West of England. Here’s to the next four years!