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The Eagle Lab Has Landed

Brian Baglow

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Barclays innovative maker space offers members of the public, schools and businesses the chance to learn, build and collaborate on hardware and software projects.

Barclays first Scottish EagleLab has opened its doors to users, giving businesses and communities a new resource to make, build, learn and develop in central Edinburgh.

Located inside CodeBase, the Eagle Lab offers a combination of rapid prototyping and fabrication equipment, as well as a programme of events, workshops and guidance to help users learn more about cutting edge hardware and software.

The introduction of manufacturing and prototyping capabilities to Codebase’s existing digital software focus, gives the city a new ‘hybrid’ workshop which could help enable and encourage more companies focusing on concepts which combine both hardware and software, such as the rapidly evolving Internet-of-Things (IoT) market.

Scotland CAN DO

The lab was opened by Keith Brown MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, who told DIGIT: “This is a great new resource providing Scottish businesses with access to a range of experts, workshops and advice to help our workforces become equipped with the necessary skills to embrace the opportunities of digital technology.

“The Scottish Government is committed to promoting a CAN DO culture of entrepreneurship across all industry sectors. This is important so that the most talented entrepreneurs, from Scotland and elsewhere, can develop their ideas and create the successful new companies we need for our economy to continue to grow.”

Education, Digital Inclusion, Collaboration

The Eagle Lab is open to businesses and the wider community – including schools – to make its resources and capabilities available to everyone. In addition to the high-tech manufacturing and prototyping tools, Barclays Eagle Labs also offer a broad range of educational, digital inclusion and collaboration services, designed to help individuals learn more about and make better use of modern digital technology.

The Edinburgh lab is the 14th to be launched in the UK, following successful sites in locations including London, Liverpool, Cambridge and Cardiff. The lab will run within the existing CodeBase business incubator and co-working facility, to digitally empower Scottish businesses while supporting improved productivity and economic growth.

Barclays says the opening of the first Eagle Lab in Scotland is a significant milestone in the development of the company’s offering to start-up and high-growth SME companies in Scotland.

Skills for Business

Stuart Brown, Barclays Head of SME Scotland, commented: “With Scotland focused on becoming a major digital player, it is vital our SMEs and entrepreneurs are equipped with the skills and tools they need to thrive in today’s ever-changing and dynamic economy.

“Whether you’re an inventor, innovator or mentor, our Eagle Lab is the perfect space to digitally empower your business, supporting scale-up opportunities, collaboration and innovation.

“The lab also forms part of our wider growth strategy in Scotland. We are committed to helping ambitious businesses and entrepreneurs flourish, contributing to improved economic prosperity and productivity.”

Hybrid Companies

Stephen Coleman, CEO at CodeBase, added: “We are seeing an increase in the numbers of hybrid tech companies mixing hardware and software across a range of sectors, from self driving cars to environmental sensors and medical devices. The Eagle Lab will help us to support many more of these sorts of companies, while driving high-growth business potential.”

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