Technology Hub aims to 'ignite growth'
STATE-OF-THE-ART digital equipment is now on offer to local businesses and stu- dents in Boston.
The newly-opened Enterprise Zone at Boston College will become the new home of the latest onlincolnshire Technology Hub.
Based at the £1.6 million facility, the hub will offer free use of a desktop 3D printer, a hand-held colour 3D scanner and a high-precision laser cutter and engraver.
It will also give people the chance to learn more about emerging technologies, test out equipment before making a purchase, access workshops and network.
It is being launched by Lincolnshire County Council's onlincolnshire project during the college's Technology Showcase event, at the Enterprise Zone between 10am and 3pm on October 30.
Councillor Colin Davie, executive member for economic development at Lincolnshire County Council, said: "The hub is a fantastic resource for Boston, offering a great opportunity for young and talented entrepreneurs to link up with a range of businesses.
"It will give local employers the chance to get 'hands on' with some of the very latest technology, helping them to develop and grow their business."
The event will feature a combination of displays, machinery and short seminars for visitors and students to see how technology and engineering underpins the success of business across a range of sectors.
The hub is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
People attending the event will be able to get an up-close look at a range of machinery and see video demonstrations, whilst the short seminars will be a chance for local businesses to tell their story directly to students and visitors.
Exhibitors at the Technology Showcase will include BAE Systems, Burdens, Turners Distribution, GB Security Group, Rolec Services, Sports Bike Shop and QV Foods.
Paul Collins, director of business development at Boston College, said: "We are delighted to be hosting the latest onlincolnshire Technology Hub. It is a major development for local employers and learners and we hope that it will provide the spark to ignite technology-driven economic growth in Boston and the surrounding area.
"Visitors to the Technology Showcase should be prepared to be surprised, in a good way, by what goes on around Boston and Spalding. More importantly, college students will see what it takes to forge some brilliant careers with forward-thinking companies."