Bristol studio creates 380 jobs

The Bottle YardBristol’s Bottle Yard Studios created an estimated 380 FTE (full-time equivalent) jobs in 2016, according to recent figures.

Of the on-site positions, 315 were filled by crew working on productions based at the studios, with a further 60 created by business tenants providing specialist production services at the facility. Five roles were held by the studio’s operational team.

A majority of the posts created - 64% - benefited the local workforce, with an estimated 243 positions filled by Bristol crew. Skills development within the sector also received a boost on-site, with 14% of the total positions (50) filled by trainees.

Productions that contributed to the roles in 2016 included Poldark, Broadchurch, Crazyhead and Three Girls.

The Bottle Yard Studios opened in 2010 in partnership with Bristol City Council, on a then-unused site that had previously operated as a winery and bottling plant for more than 50 years.

It is estimated that the eight-stage studios help to generate more than £18m annually towards the local economy.

Jobs breakdown Fiona Francombe, site director of The Bottle Yard Studios, said: “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.”


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