We Make Bristol is a multi award winning gift shop with a difference. It is the only retail outlet in Bristol that is registered as a UK Social Enterprise. My commitment is to supporting independent creatives in Bristol and as such the shelves are packed with great quality and affordable homeware, toiletries, jewellery, children's' clothes, greeting cards, and accessories that have all been designed and made by Bristol artists, designers and creatives.
It's tough for independent creatives to make their work available for the general public to buy in an economically viable way. The usual options for these creatives are to either sell wholesale or give away 30-50% commission. Both these methods slash their profits to a negligible amount so I offer them the opportunity to rent space in the shop for a low cost weekly rent, to set their own retail prices and get 95% of all of their sales.
I regularly promote their work through Instagram, Facebook and the local community.
I also run workshops to give any of the creatives that stock their work in the shop an additional revenue stream