Peterborough looks to the future as hi-tech hub opens

Innovation Lab Launch, Caroline Hyde, Steve Bowyer, Chris Curry, Baroness Stedman-Scott, Tim Jones and Monica Grady hold the ribbon as the Baroness officially opens the Innovation Lab.
Allia Future Business Centre, Peterborough
01/12/2016. 
Picture by Terry Harris. THA
Innovation Lab Launch, Caroline Hyde, Steve Bowyer, Chris Curry, Baroness Stedman-Scott, Tim Jones and Monica Grady hold the ribbon as the Baroness officially opens the Innovation Lab. Allia Future Business Centre, Peterborough 01/12/2016. Picture by Terry Harris. THA
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About 80 people turned out for the official opening of Peterborough’s £300,000 Innovation Lab.

Housed in the Allia Future Business Centre, at the Abax Stadium, in London Road, the Lab was declared open by Baroness Steadman-Scott, the former chief executive of Tomorrow’s People Trust.

Simon Humphrey tries out the Virtual Reality headset in the Innovation Lab.

Simon Humphrey tries out the Virtual Reality headset in the Innovation Lab.

Guests also heard from Monica Grady, a space scientist who worked on the Rossetta project, who warned that the UK had a shortage of engineers and scientists.

The lab has drones, virtual reality, 3D printers and CAD software. It will give entrepreneurs, start-ups and SME’s access to design, prototyping and testing facilities plus support.

An Allia spokeswoman said: “Reaction has been incredibly positive. People are pleased that Peterborough has such a leading facility for its potential entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs.”

“People also commented on the wrap-around support for instance technical support and support to help you create and grow a sustainable venture.”

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