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Howzat! Hoggard Swings By the Horncastle Technology Hub

10th October 2014
Howzat! Hoggard Swings By the Horncastle Technology Hub

England cricket hero Matthew Hoggard paid a visit to Mortons Media Group today (7th October) to try out some of the cutting edge equipment at the Horncastle Technology Hub.


The former international seam bowler, a key member of the famous Ashes winning side of 2005, found out about the technology hubs initiative at a charity cricket match in Louth in September.


Hoggard’s post-cricket career has seen him become Business Development Manager for foreign currency exchange company OSTC and he wanted to learn more about the equipment as part of his new role.


“The hardware that is being developed comes from across the world and that can mean expensive charges on transactions between currencies when it is purchased,” explained Matthew.


“OSTC provides a monetary service that aims to dramatically reduce those costs for businesses that simply can’t afford them – exactly the kinds of businesses that are providing and using this new and exciting technology.”


The Horncastle Technology Hub, located at Mortons Media Group, is one of five hubs across the county set up as part of Lincolnshire County Council’s onlincolnshire project to give businesses better access to emerging digital technology.


It is home to a 3D printer, laser etcher, UV printer, milling machine and knitting machine along with an Oculus Rift which provides a ground-breaking virtual reality experience.


All of the equipment at the hubs, which are part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), can be borrowed and used for free by eligible businesses, with just a small charge to cover insurance costs and materials used.


As well as using the latest digital technology visitors to the hubs can access up to 12 hours of free support which includes one-to-one business advice and consultancy.


The Horncastle Technology Hub is open for drop-in sessions every Thursday between 9am and 5pm. Businesses interested in using the hub at other times can book an appointment by calling 01507 529345 or emailing technologyhub@mortons.co.uk.


To find out more about the other hubs, or onlincolnshire in general, please visit www.onlincolnshire.org, follow @onlincolnshire on Twitter or visit the Facebook page www.facebook.com/onlincolnshire