Starting a business in Bristol: Wildseed Studios

The media start-up cites business rate relief and access to talent as some of the advantages of launching a business in Bristol...

Company name: Wildseed Studios
Founders: Miles Bullough and Jesse Cleverly
Founded: 2012
Description: An innovative media company creating new IP and backing fresh talent to come up with ideas that the company publishes
Website: www.wildseedstudios.com

What’s great about starting a business in Bristol?

Bristol is a very creative city with a vibrant creative scene based around the BBC, Aardman, Banksy and a host of very exciting digital companies that are based here. There’s something about being outside London that allows creative and unconventional thinking to flourish – trends and fashions are somehow less stifling here and people are interested in finding genuine alternatives to conventional ideas. Plus the huge student population in Bristol creates a youthful and energetic vibe in the city.

What business support in Bristol have you used? How was it?

Mainly Small Business Rates relief which has been great. Creative England and Creative Skillset are also located here, and the LEP is very active and supportive of the Creative Industries.

Name the top three reasons to set up a business in Bristol:

  1. The talent pool.
  2. The quality of life.
  3. The affordability.

Where could Bristol be better / what does it need?

We need more of a creative start-up space. There is still a huge over-supply of office space with blue carpet tiles and suspended ceilings. We need more shabby chic and cleverly refurbished period and quirky buildings with great incentives for new companies – there are some but not enough.

How easy has it been to access finance to grow?

Wildseed Studios has accessed investment from Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS), Enterprise Investment Scheme (EIS) and institutional investors. One investor has been Bristol based. The local bank (Natwest) were very helpful and gave us two years of free banking that has been great – as we grow and our banking needs become more complex we may have to switch to a more media focused bank, probably in London.

Where do you go to network in Bristol?

There are a couple of places but to name one in particular I would say Watershed.

Where do you take a client for a business lunch?

The Canteen on Stokes Croft. Very affordable and just opposite our office. The Lido if we want something swish and Souk Kitchen for unbelievably tasty food and a bustling informal atmosphere.

Where’s great for a company night out?

The Lanes, it’s a great place where we can take the team out bowling together.

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