An estimated total of 380 FTE jobs were created on-site at Bristol’s Bottle Yard Studios last year.
The Bottle Yard Studios, Bristol
“Employment numbers within film and TV production can be inherently complicated to quantify given that crew members are almost always freelance, moving from project to project all the time. By working with productions and businesses to monitor posts created at The Bottle Yard, we can do our bit to build the picture of Bristol’s talented production workforce, whose work leads to such a significant economic contribution to the city. It’s also heartening to see the number of business tenants based here rising in number, with many companies expanding to take on extra staff. By supplying services to productions in Bristol and all around the country, they help The Bottle Yard stand out as a leading regional centre within the UK’s production infrastructure.” – Site Director of The Bottle Yard Studios Fiona Francombe
The 380 jobs were estimated according to annual figures that underline the Studios’ importance as a key employment driver in the city’s film and TV production sector.
The Bristol City Council initiative located in Hengrove, South Bristol is the largest dedicated studio facility in the West of England and has been attracting a regular supply of UK and overseas film and TV productions to the city since 2010.
A breakdown of figures from The Bottle Yard Studios’ 2016 On-Site Employment Summary* indicates that an estimated 83% (315) of the FTE positions generated were filled by crew working on productions made at the Studios and a further 16% (60) were created by business tenants providing specialist production services on site. 5 FTE posts were held by the Studios’ small operational team, accounting for 1% of the total.
64% of posts created benefited the local workforce, with an estimated 243 positions filled by Bristol crew. Skills development within the sector was also boosted on-site, with 14% of the total positions (50) filled by trainees.
The Bottle Yard Studios project targets support towards film and TV sub-sectors of Bristol’s creative industries by providing conditions for them to thrive. The South Bristol site’s warehouses which had long stood empty after traditional manufacturing moved on, are now a hub of industry activity, pulling UK and overseas business into Bristol, providing jobs and training for local residents and helping generate more than £18 million annually towards the city’s economy.
BBC Drama Poldark used the facilities of the Bottle Yard Studios
Sky One sitcom Trollied has its fictional supermarket created at TBYS
Run by a team with professional backgrounds in the industry, the Studios work in close partnership with Bristol City Council’s Film Office and other industry partners.
Productions that created jobs throughout 2016 included Poldark (BBC One), Broadchurch (ITV), Trollied (Sky 1), Ill Behaviour (BBC Two), The White Princess (STARZ), Crazyhead (E4/Netflix), Three Girls (BBC One) and feature film We Could Be Heroes (dir. Claire Downes). The Studios’ creative hub is home to around 20 permanent tenants delivering specialist services to the production industry including creative, digital, technical and audio/visual expertise, grips, transport, structural, fire and safety assistance.
The success of Bristol as a world leader in film production, culture and education was recognised earlier this month when it was named a UNESCO City of Film. Around 3,700 people are employed by independent film & TV companies in the wider Bristol region working in natural history, animation, factual, post-production, corporate and facilities. £140.3 million was generated by the sector in 2016.**
“A major part of our successful bid to become the UK’s second UNESCO City of Film was a demonstrable track record of creating employment and training opportunities in the film sector. These job creation figures show the growth we’re experiencing in the industry, fuelled in no small part by having a dedicated studio facility that draws production activity into the city. Despite the tough times we face I remain committed to delivering essential services whilst also continuing to invest in our aspirations for the city’s future. One way in which we aim to meet those aspirations is by supporting the creative sectors and generating investment in the city that in turn builds homes, creates jobs and helps lift communities from hardship.” – Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol
Andy Day for CBeebies at the Bottle Yard Studios