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Date set for Innovation Lab big reveal


Gloucestershire Libraries are excited to announce the re-launch of their first Innovation Lab at Coleford Library.


The fully refurbished Innovation Lab will be opened at 11am on 29 July and offers businesses, schools and communities an opportunity to explore the digital technology of the future in a friendly and inspiring place.

The Innovation Lab, funded by GFirst LEP as part of their Growth Hub Network expansion, offers 3D printing, clay pot printing, computer coding kits, animation and virtual reality, and a design studio for businesses, entrepreneurs, animators, artists and students.

Sarah Danson, director of strategic growth for GFirst LEP, said: “GFirst LEP is thrilled to support the Innovation Lab in Coleford. It plays an important role in helping local businesses with new and emerging digital technology. The lab is designed to inspire and innovate creative ambitions, making prototypes a reality with 3D scanning, printing and prototyping. It is a fantastic addition to The Growth Hub provision within the county.”

The Innovation Lab will be opened at 11am on 29 July by Laura Hurcombe from SPP Pumps, proud sponsors of our workshop programme for schools.

From 1pm the doors will be open for the public to visit the facility with 3D clay printing, design studio, computer coding, animation and virtual reality fun for everyone.

Cllr Dave Norman, cabinet member for libraries, said: “This is a unique and exciting opportunity for Gloucestershire Libraries and is a great example of how libraries are evolving to meet the needs of our community, both now and in the future.”

The Innovation Lab offers something for everyone, so whether you are looking to inspire your classroom, innovate your business or simply to take your creativity to the next level, we have a solution.

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