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Hampshire Enterprise Circle Visit Eastleigh Tec Hub

A Showcase for Talent in Digital Creative Businesses

A group of more than 50 Enterprise Ambassadors recently visited the Eastleigh Tec Hub to take part in an onsite networking event to find out more about this creative and flexible work space and to meet some of the companies that are already using the hub.

 

The Eastleigh Tec Hub provides a contemporary and inspirational working environment for digital creative businesses.

Located in Wessex House, Eastleigh’s thriving business centre, Tec Hub is designed to support digital and creative start ups by offering them a smart space to work, meet, think, create and network.

The versatile workspace allows its members to rent a ‘Pop Up Office’ with desk space by the day, week and month, with opportunities to network and collaborate with other businesses. As well as a private meeting room, there is a “Thinking Space”, an area specifically designed for Tec Hub members to hold informal meetings and discussions, a place to inspire new ideas and forge new partnerships and collaborations. Companies using the space include gaming and media companies, IT, video and film, app and web designers and 3D modellers.

As part of its long-term programme, Tec Hub aims to work with partners in the private sector and higher education to encourage business start up and growth, support entrepreneurs, develop professional networks and provide access to specialist equipment and facilities.

Forming part of what is becoming fast known as the Eastleigh Creative Campus, Tec Hub also has links to The Point theatre and The Sorting Office designer-maker studios. Through this creative triangle artists and businesses within the three networks are encouraged to forge connections and work on collaborations. Recent partnerships have seen a digital artist from Tec Hub, working with dancers at The Point to capture and perfect movement for next generation games and apps, and an animator based at Tec Hub animating the illustrations of one of the artists at The Sorting Office.

Councillor Suzy Hamel opened the event which was followed by presentations from three of the entrepreneurs who showcased their creative talent and shared their future plans for the growth of their businesses. The presentations were followed by a networking lunch.

Chris Hobbs from History Bombs commented about the benefit of working at the Eastleigh Tec Hub:

“History Bombs is a young, innovative media production company focused on creating highly engaging history videos. Tec Hub is the ideal environment to work locally, hold client meetings in a professional space, take advantage of networking opportunities and gain advice from the Tec Hub partners. For more information about History Bombs, please visit www.historybombs.com“.

Kevin Lockwood from Bundle also added:

Bundle is a mobile app for local newsreaders. The app features a news feed that is location-driven so users can discover news based on their current location. The app is scheduled to be released in the latter half of this year. Kelvin Lockwood, the founder of Bundle, is currently raising the funding to accelerate plans with a crowd funding campaign due to go live on the Seedrs platform in the next few weeks.”
David Overton from Splashmaps presented his new maps that are designed for the real outdoors and shared some of his all weather, personalised fabric maps with the audience. David commented that “Feedback from most people I spoke to was that it was a successful event. “
The Hampshire Enterprise Circle has been running for over 18 years, has over 1,700 members, and facilitated over 200 company visits to key Hampshire employers. The Circle aims to:

  • Provide a forum to increase networking amongst small Hampshire-based businesses
  • Establish a business forum which provides SMEs with the opportunity to give the Economic Development Office their views on current local and national issues facing the business community
  • Develop market opportunities amongst network members
  • Facilitate business development through practical workshops

To find out more about how the County Council works with local businesses, visit www.hants.gov.uk/business, email us at economic.development@hants.gov.uk or call 01962 846381 for further information.

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