Bristol SETsquared Centre

Bristol SETsquared Centre

Engine Shed
Station Approach
Temple Meads
Bristol BS1 6QH


At the Bristol Centre our location is paramount. We are based in the iconic Engine Shed next to Bristol Temple Meads station, a historic building transformed into a hub for business and innovation.

The Bristol SETsquared Centre, set up by the University of Bristol and based at the Engine Shed in the heart of the Enterprise Zone, is the largest of the SETsquared centres, and is home to around 65 innovative ventures.

The Bristol centre provides a dynamic, modern and supportive environment to grow your high-tech business. Whether from the private sector or University spin- outs, all can benefit from our high quality support environment, guidance on business growth and strong links to university expertise.

When it comes to your business, one size does not fit all. We offer business development services tailored to stage, size, needs, and product/services offering of your company. SETsquared Bristol has supported 184 companies across many different technology sectors, including semiconductors, telecoms, automotive, biotech, clean tech, and security.

In November 2015, SETsquared won the top accolade of Global Number 1 University Business Incubator, awarded by UBI Global. The Bristol SETsquared Centre has also previously won the prestigious Established Business Incubator of the Year and Best Designed Business Incubator award from the industry trade body, UKBI.

Fact sheet


Virtual membership: uncapped. Residential: 12 desks in shared pre- incubation space, 91 in cellular incubation space. We accept application from businesses at any stage up to 10 people.

Physical Features:

Meeting rooms, reception facility, kitchens, broadband, wireless data, and telecoms.

Support Features:

Standard SETsquared business acceleration model for virtual, pre-incubation and incubation stage businesses. Part-time entrepreneurs in residence providing specialist, technology-focused sales and marketing advice and expertise. 

35 Mentors & 450+ externals invited to Business Review Panels. A wide variety of events, review panels, in-residencies, workshops, and seminars are organised for members, as well as investment readiness programmes and introductions across multiple networks.

Key academic Research themes

Wireless communications, computer science, quantum computing, smart cities, cardiovascular science, neuroscience, nanoscience and quantum information, epidemiology, advanced composites, applied quantitative social science, ethnicity and migration.

Local sector Features

The Bristol & Bath city-region has exceptional, world-class strengths in microelectronics, creative industries, embedded and application software, animation, natural history programming, financial services, aerospace and advanced engineering, hot-air ballooning, sub-sea engineering, and low carbon industries, and is ranked as second biggest tech startup cluster in the UK, after London 



SETsquared welcomes Marty Reid as new Interim Executive Director

Marty Reid will be joining the SETsquared Partnership in December as its new Interim Executive Director. Marty has been director of Engine Shed in Bristol since 2020 as well as SETsquared Bristol since January 2022. He takes the helm from Simon Bond, who has been...

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