The Acceleration Through Innovation 2 (ATI2) team is pleased to announce that the Wadebridge Pop-Up Innovation Centre is now open for business and can be found at 19 Molesworth Street, Wadebridge, PL27 7DD.
The new premises hosted several businesses at a successful launch event (17 Jan) whereby Wadebridge Town Councillor, Ian Welch, and ATI2’s Innovation Fund Manager, John Hutchings, officialised the opening and introduced local SMEs to the new space.
Attendees found out how they could use the Pop-Up facilities, which includes the complimentary use of its hot desks and meeting and event room, 3D printing, photography studio (including green screen, lightbox and lighting), as well as access business support from accredited innovation advisors and specialist consultants.
Those attending the launch also heard from Mark Weeden, Director of Daften Die-Casting, who spoke about how his manufacturing business has benefitted from the successive projects, ATI and ATI2, which have provided process innovation and funding support to help introduce two new robots within their production line – innovations that have improved working conditions for employees, increased productivity and reduced waste.
Since moving to Wadebridge at the beginning of January, the Pop-Up Innovation Centre has already received a warm welcome from visitors. One such visitor and business owner, Charlotte Lodey of Charlotte Lodey Aligned, took to her LinkedIn profile to advocate the facilities:
“… So this afternoon, I will be taking my client calls in a lovely office, overlooking the town, with excellent wifi (and coffee). If you are someone who runs a business from home, is looking to work from somewhere with better wifi or with company, this pop-up on Molesworth Street is here until the end of March and is funded so you don’t have to pay to access it”, she explains.
ATI2 Programme Manager, Jo Hancock, had the following to say “despite the snow, we are delighted that the launch went ahead, and we are thrilled to see so many new faces. We would like to thank all who attended, particularly our clients at Daften who kindly came to support our launch. We look forward to engaging with more businesses in Wadebridge and the surrounding areas and encourage any local SME who might have an innovative idea or project underway to get in touch to find out how we could help them”.
The ATI2 Pop-Up Innovation Centre in Wadebridge is its fifth and final destination and will be open for a duration of three months. It forms part of the outreach services offered by ATI2, a business support programme led by the University of Plymouth and part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Cornwall Council.
If you are interested in finding out more about the Pop-up Innovation Centre or accessing the support from the programme, visit www.aticornwallinnovation.co.uk to register your interest, or email Paul Miles Rogers, ATI2 Pop-Up Coordinator, at email@example.com for more details.
Images below of the Wadebridge Pop-Up Innovation Centre: