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Boston gets its own technology hub

18th October 2013
Boston gets its own technology hub

Boston will be getting its own technology hub with state-of-the-art digital equipment at the end of the month.

On October 30 the Boston Technology Hub will open its doors to businesses and students, who can make free use of a desktop 3D printer, a hand-held colour 3D scanner and a high-precision laser cutter and engraver.

Based at the newly-opened £1.6 million Enterprise Zone at Boston College, the hub will give people the chance to learn more about emerging technologies, test out equipment before making a purchase, access workshops and network.

The launch will coincide with the college’s Technology Showcase event, taking place at the Enterprise Zone between 10am and 3pm on October 30, featuring a combination of displays, machinery and short seminars for visitors and students.

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.

The hub is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the Onlincolnshire project by Lincolnshire County Council.

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.”

Paul Collins, Director of Business Development at Boston College, said:  “The hub 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."