Businesses in Horncastle could soon be using cutting-edge digital equipment for free as onLincolnshire launches plans for a new Technology Hub in the town.
The Lincolnshire County Council-run broadband project is hosting a demonstration event for equipment which could potentially be available at the hub - including laser cutters, 3D printers and scanners, 3D TVs and 3D video cameras.
The council would like feedback from businesses which would be interested in using the resource to ensure the equipment chosen will be beneficial to the business community.
The event will take place on September 5 between 10am and 1pm at Louth’s Meridian Leisure Centre, which is also set to be home to a Hub after being piloted at the women’s international cricket match in July.
The Hub in Horncastle will eventually be based at Mortons of Horncastle on Boston Road Industrial Estate.
County Councillor Colin Davie said: “Our Mablethorpe Hub was launched in May and has already proven a huge success.
“We are launching the hub in Horncastle so that businesses elsewhere in the county can benefit from the same great opportunities the Technology Hub offers.
“Mortons is an ideal partner for us to work with on this latest hub as it is a well established business and has a great space we can utilise.
“This demonstration event is a chance for people to see at first hand what’s on offer and try out the equipment for themselves. It’s also an opportunity for us to get an idea of what businesses would most like to see in the hub – there could be different needs in this part of the county, so we’re really looking for feedback from the event. We hope to see as many businesses as possible attend.”
It is hoped the Horncastle hub will open early in 2014.
Ian Fisher, Chairman of Mortons Media Group, said: “We are delighted that Mortons has been chosen to be a Technology Hub. This is an exciting development for us and for Horncastle as it will raise awareness of digital technologies and the opportunities they present.
“Local businesses can prosper from this venture, bringing benefits to the wider community and enhancing the area’s reputation for skills and enterprise.”
The hubs are being part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
All the equipment purchased through the project can be borrowed and used for free by eligible businesses, with just a small charge to cover insurance costs and materials used.