A demo event showcasing equipment which could soon be used at a new Technology Hub in Horncastle has been hailed a huge success.
Around 30 businesses and organisations have been trying out cutting-edge digital equipment offered through the Lincolnshire County Council-run broadband project ahead of the launch of its second free hub.
The demo event took place on Thursday September 5 at the Meridian Leisure Centre in Louth, which is also due to be home to a Technology Hub later in the year.
The initiative, which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), offers access to equipment including laser cutters, 3D printers and scanners, 3D TVs and 3D video cameras.
The aim of the demo event was to get feedback from businesses which could use the resource to ensure that the equipment chosen will be of benefit. The Horncastle Hub will eventually be based at Mortons of Horncastle.
Councillor Colin Davie from Lincolnshire County Council said: “We’re thrilled with the turn-out at our demonstration event and the numbers show that there is a real level of interest from businesses looking to take the next steps into the digital age.
“We’ve seen managing directors, representatives from organisations such as The Prince’s Trust and sole traders, so there is a diverse mix of businesses which could eventually use the hub.
“We’ll now look at all the feedback to determine what equipment we’ll look to place in the Horncastle Hub early next year.”
The day was informal, with people dropping in at a time suitable for them and staying as long as they like. It is hoped the Horncastle Hub it will open early in 2014.
Philip Sharpe, Chairman of Mortons of Horncastle, said: “The equipment available is very exciting.
“We are delighted that Mortons has been chosen to be a Technology Hub and pleased by how successful the demonstration event has been.
“It will offer businesses a chance to test-drive equipment before making an investment, or just take advantage of the free use of equipment, paying only for the materials used.
“We want to see as many people as possible making use of such a valuable resource.”
All of the equipment purchased for the hubs through the onlincolnshire project can be borrowed and used for free by eligible businesses, with just a small charge to cover insurance costs and materials used.