Thu 01 / 10 / 20
Eagle Labs reopening
Following their reopening last week, we caught up with the team behind Eagle Labs in Brighton, an incubator for ambitious start-ups looking to scale, to find out more about the space and how they’ve adapted to the current situation.
By Eagle Lab
Can you tell us a bit about the space and the team in Brighton?
Historically a Barclays branch and now converted to a fully renovated co-working space and one of the original Barclays Eagle Labs – a UK-wide network of business incubators with an on-site Maker Space. Within the Brighton Eagle Lab, we have a large co-working space, meeting rooms, private offices, a fully functional maker space which includes a Laser cutter, 3D printer, CNC mill, vinyl cutter as well as other rapid prototyping tools. We are one of 25 Eagle Labs across the UK, focusing on many different industry sectors and support a diverse range of UK startups and scaleups.
We are on a mission to help make the UK the best place to start and grow innovative businesses by promoting creativity and entrepreneurship.
Within our proposition we offer coaching and mentorship from industry and business growth experts, a range of dedicated programmes designed to help businesses to scale, a thriving entrepreneurial community, access to emerging technologies and access to business networking, training and events.
At Brighton, there’s me, Naomi Muston (Eco-system Manager), Luca Forte (Lab Manager) and Andrew Pledger (Lab Engineer). We all work together to support the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Brighton.
What type of businesses do you support?
At Barclays Eagle Labs we support creative tech businesses to connect, innovate and grow and from idea to IPO through our connected network at Barclays.
How has it been reimagining the space over these last few months to reopen safely?
For us the most important part of returning to the Brighton Lab was to ensure safety of members, visitors and staff. We have introduced social distancing measures inline with the current guidelines, clearly marked signage across the Lab and a rigorous cleaning regime. Whilst we have paused our physical events for the time being, we have maintained and curated a virtual events programme to support our members and the ecosystem during this uncertain time.
What would you say to those who might feel a bit anxious about using the space?
Your safety is our highest priority and we continue to monitor Government guidelines and make the required adjustments that we constantly review.
What sort of space do you offer: coworking, office space, meeting rooms, event space?
We offer co-working space, meeting rooms, private offices and a Maker Space. However we provide more than just the space itself you can be part of Eagle Lab community even if it’s not physical space you’re looking for. We are able to help in so many ways whether that be through our virtual events, various programmes or connections.
Can you tell us a bit about the Maker Space?
Within our Eagle Lab we have a fully kitted Maker Space that is run by Andrew our resident Lab Engineer. Andrew is on hand to support with everything - from small one-off projects to full rapid prototyping programmes for product development.
From physical making to virtual workshops Andrew can help keen inventors realise their ideas and products to supporting established hardware business to grow.
Can you explain what 3D printing is to those unsure what it means?
3D (Dimensional) Printing forms an integral part of our rapid prototyping proposition and helps to bring your inventions and innovations to life, allowing you to visualise and test 3D CAD (computer assisted design) work.
Essentially using compostable bio plastics we are able to form a wide range of intricate objects of all your making needs.
What have you got coming up over the next few months?
Really excited to be collaborating with the Chamber on the Catch The Wave Programme Supporting providing start-ups and early stage businesses launching in November.
We have got an extensive range of virtual events coming up, to find out about our weekly National Events please visit https://labs.uk.barclays/
As well as this we are always running various funding programmes as well as being able to join our community of thriving businesses.
What’s the best way for someone to get in touch and find out more about the space?
Best way to get in touch with us is through the Brighton Barclays Eagle Lab email address firstname.lastname@example.org
We would love to hear from you and discuss ways of supporting your business.
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