Start-ups offered chance of three months of free office space

Share workspace firm Forward has teamed up with YTL Developments and Aerospace Bristol to launch a competition with a difference.

The competition gives entrants the chance to win three-months of office space at Boxworks, completely free of charge.

Aimed squarely at new businesses, startups and freelancers, the competition  provides much-needed support for the early stages of a business by giving a fledgling enterprise the space to grow and explore ideas, without the pressure of workspace costs.

Boxworks is made up of 20 shipping containers that have been reimagined into modern workspaces.

Originally housed next to Temple Meads train station, the units are now proudly part of Bristol’s thriving new neighbourhood at Brabazon.

The studios, or ‘Boxes’, are super-insulated, come with superfast fibre and access to everything needed for a productive working environment, including facilities at the nearby Aerospace Bristol museum.

The competition is open to all businesses with a turnover of £150,000 or less.

To apply, entrants simply need to outline why office space would help take their business to the next level by submitting either a written statement, a presentation or a short video. Full entry criteria can be found at

The competition will be judged by Gavin Eddy (CEO, Forward), Seb Loyn (Director of Planning & Development, YTL Developments) and Sally Cordwell (CEO Aerospace Bristol).

Gavin Eddy said: “Boxworks is a great workspace that really lends itself to startup businesses. The studios are the ideal blank canvas and are a great space for ideas to grow.

“Our winners last year – Loopin and Husebox – were two very different companies, in different stages of their journey, but they both brought new and exciting ideas. I’m very excited to see what this year’s entrants bring to the table.”

Seb Loyn, Director of Planning & Development, YTL Developments said: “I’m looking for entries that embody innovation, sustainability, and a pioneering spirit that will help shape the future of Bristol. I’m seeking unique ideas that push boundaries while fostering community impact—a beacon of inspiration for a better tomorrow.”

Sally Cordwell, CEO, Aerospace Bristol, said: “I’m looking for entries that are unique, outside the box and will provide a genuine positive impact on the community. This is a fantastic opportunity for small businesses and I can’t wait to see the entrants.”





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