Innovation Hub and Lab

An innov­a­tion hub and lab offer­ing space and sup­port to enter­pris­ing busi­nesses and indi­vidu­als
THE CHALLENGE

Peterborough’s eco­nomy is reli­ant on a vibrant hub of SMEs, work­ing across dif­fer­ent indus­tries and sec­tors. Many bril­liant innov­a­tions and ideas gen­er­ated with­in these entre­pren­eur­i­al com­pan­ies and inspired indi­vidu­als could be har­nessed and developed to help solve city chal­lenges but, without the right help and sup­port, many of these ideas become frus­trated.

 

THE SOLUTION

An innov­a­tion hub and lab offer­ing space and sup­port to enter­pris­ing busi­nesses and indi­vidu­als who are look­ing to make a pos­it­ive impact on people or the plan­et has been cre­ated in Peter­bor­ough. A vibrant and inspir­ing envir­on­ment with access to a net­work of expert­ise and sup­port to kick-start new ideas and innov­a­tions.

The Hub incor­por­ates meet­ing and office space as well as sup­port for enter­pris­ing busi­nesses who are look­ing to make a pos­it­ive impact on people or the envir­on­ment. It acts as a bespoke R&D facil­ity and is already attract­ing con­sid­er­able interest from mul­tina­tion­als and aca­dem­ic insti­tu­tions.

 

THE RESULTS

The Innov­a­tion Lab opened in Decem­ber 2016 at the Allia Future Busi­ness Centre, and has been acclaimed as one of the UK’s newest and most advanced “maker spaces”. It con­tains state-of-the-art design and rap­id pro­to­typ­ing equip­ment, such as 3D print­ers, Com­puter Aided Design soft­ware, elec­tron­ics design, hi-tech mak­ing equip­ment, and a digit­al media lab. Also avail­able is space and tools for the con­struc­tion of lar­ger pro­jects and access to full-time tech­ni­cians and busi­ness advisers.

It has been made pos­sible through Allia’s Ser­i­ous Impact ini­ti­at­ive sup­por­ted by European Region­al Devel­op­ment Fund, Oppor­tun­ity Peter­bor­ough and Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil under the Peter­bor­ough DNA future cit­ies pro­gram­me.