We understand how important technology can be to a business, but sometimes the cost can be prohibitive.
Now onlincolnshire is helping businesses by removing the financial barriers and offering free access to the latest digital equipment through its five Lincolnshire Technology Hubs which have been set up across the county.
The Technology Hubs, which have been short-listed in the prestigious Next Generation Digital Challenge Awards 2014, represent exactly what the onlincolnshire project is all about – embracing the digital age. They offer the opportunity to sample and experiment with a range of digital equipment free of charge, network with other businesses and try out equipment before making a big financial commitment.
The hubs in Mablethorpe, Boston, and Horncastle have 3D printers, 3D scanners and laser cutting equipment to help with design, prototyping and small-scale fabrication, while Lincoln offers those facilities as well as expertise in the heritage sector and larger-scale 3D printing and cutting.
Mablethorpe also has a Sharing Circle, part of the Mablethorpe hub, which offers iPads, GoPro video cameras and mobile phones with 4G connectivity.
At the Louth Technology Hub, in partnership with the University of Lincoln, onlincolnshire offers cutting-edge motion sensor filming using spot technology, where high-definition lights are placed on an athlete or industrial machine and then filmed by a specially equipped 3D camera. The footage is then edited together and used to allow coaches to analyse their player’s technique or businesses the opportunity to find faults in manufacturing processes.
A 3D TV at the Meridian Leisure Centre in Louth can be used to play back the edited footage.
And onlincolnshire doesn’t stop with offering you new equipment. You can also access 12 hours of free business advice and one-to-one support which might be about business improvement related to the new technology, practical knowledge about how to implement new technology or something entirely different – the support can be tailored to meet the needs of the business.
The hubs are part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). All of the equipment can be borrowed and used for free by eligible businesses, with just a small charge to cover insurance costs and materials used.
We’re hoping that businesses across Lincolnshire will embrace the services available and use what we’re offering to develop and grow.
Find out more about the hubs, including opening hours, booking and availability, by clicking here. You can also keep up to date with news about the project by following @onlincolnshire on Twitter or liking the onlincolnshire Facebook page www.facebook.com/onlincolnshire.