Forest of Dean to grow businesses in the lab
By Andrew Merrell | 16th July 2019
An experiment is being re-launched in the Forest of Dean which will see businesses, communities and even friendships to be grown in a special laboratory.
Teaming up with local enterprise partnership GFirst LEP, Gloucestershire Libraries has launched what the partnership is calling its Innovation Lab.
Based at Coleford Library the lab is due to be officially re-launched at 11am on July 29 and will be open to businesses, schools and communities.
It is described as "an opportunity to explore the digital technology of the future in a friendly and inspiring place".
Funded by GFirst LEP as part of its Growth Hub Network expansion, it will offer everything from 3D printing to clay pot printing, computer coding kits, animation and virtual reality, plus a design studio for businesses, entrepreneurs, animators, artists and students.
Sarah Danson, director of strategic growth for GFirst LEP, said she hoped the lab would play an important role in helping local businesses with new and emerging digital technology.
"The lab is designed to inspire innovative and creative ambitions, making prototypes a reality with 3D scanning, printing and prototyping. It is a fantastic addition to The Growth Hub provision within the county," said Ms Danson.
The Innovation Lab will be opened by Laura Hurcombe from SPP Pumps, sponsors of the county council's workshop programme for schools.
Doors will be open to the public from 1pm.
Cllr Dave Norman, cabinet member for libraries, said: "This is a unique and exciting opportunity for Gloucestershire Libraries and is a great example of how libraries are evolving to meet the needs of our community, both now and in the future."
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