Barclays opens second Scottish Eagle Lab; News and quotes compiled by Ken Symon.
Byline: Ken Symon
BARCLAYS is opening its second Eagle Lab in Scotland to support north-east entrepreneurs.
The space in Aberdeen opens this month in the city's new ONE Tech Hub, part of the ONE Codebase incubator.
As one of Barclays' flagship Labs for Industry 4.0, it will help entrepreneurs build on and diversify from the area's natural strength in oil and gas, as well as unlock the potential of the Internet of Things, advanced manufacturing and robotics.
The Lab's Maker Space will feature facilities for digital fabrication, 3D printing and laser cutting, and a range of electronics equipment, allowing businesses to produce and test prototypes in a matter of hours rather than weeks.
An ecosystem manager will provide mentoring, create connections and share opportunities for businesses achieve their ambitions. A dedicated Eagle Lab engineer will also be available to offer technical expertise and advice.
Barclays' local business banking team in Aberdeen and 'highgrowth' managers will also be available.
The facilities will complement ONE CodeBase's wider offering with access to hot desks, coworking spaces, offices, meeting rooms and social areas. ONE CodeBase is a partnership between private sector development body Opportunity North East (ONE) and the UK's leading tech incubator, CodeBase.
Stuart Brown, head of SME Scotland at Barclays said: "Aberdeen has a wealth of businesses and entrepreneurs with ambitions, ideas and deep technical expertise who need access to the right resources and advice to help them start up and scale up."
Sir Ian Wood (left), chairman, ONE and Steven Roberts, head of culture and transformation, Barclays UK