A First For Lancashire
Burnley’s growing reputation as one of the UK’s leading ‘Tech Towns’ is set to receive a welcome boost this week as The Landmark, the highly acclaimed digital workspace, announces a unique collaboration with Barclays Eagle Lab.
In what is being hailed as a coup for Burnley and the Lancashire region, the team from Barclays Eagle Labs are creating a hub within The Landmark, to complement their network in the nation’s major cities including London, Manchester, Leeds and Cambridge.
The Landmark is now an independent site partner of Barclays Eagle Labs, less than a year after its opening following a spectacular multi-million-pound transformation of the iconic Grade II-listed Gothic building in Burnley town centre.
Landmark members, burgeoning start-ups, entrepreneurs and tech businesses seeking to grow and develop, will now have access to an unrivaled abundance of support and services, delivered by the team of skilled experts from worldwide leading banking group, Barclays.
This partnership is important for Lancashire’s thriving digital economy as founder and owner of The Landmark, Mark Crabtree, OBE, explained: “We are delighted and proud to welcome Barclays Eagle Labs to The Landmark, becoming the only independent site partner in the Lancashire region. This is a significant milestone, both for our current members using the unique facilities offered at The Landmark and for the wider business community.”
“Barclays Eagle Labs will bring support and innovation for ambitious young start-ups and entrepreneurs seeking to develop their businesses. We look forward to working with the Barclays team and to offering our members the opportunity to access the entire UK network of Eagles Labs, opening up fantastic opportunities for future growth and collaboration.”
Eagle Labs will curate a range of activities at The Landmark including educational support for
start-ups through a series of workshops, including seminars on how to start a business and how to scale up, with access to digital learning material and resident Barclays bank managers.
Plans also include sector specific events and meet-ups along with access to high growth banking specialists. The Landmark has already attracted the interests of tech giants Google and Facebook, hosting sell-out training events and seminars and now its members will also have access to the entire Eagle Lab network throughout the country, enabling collaboration between businesses and sharing of digital skills.
Jon Hope, Eagle Labs Director said “We are pleased to announce our collaboration with The Landmark, where Barclays Eagle Labs will be extending our award winning support to The Landmark members via our Manchester and Salford sites and colleagues.”
About The Landmark
The Landmark provides a combination of co-working and flexible, modern workspace across three floors. as well as private offices, giving businesses the space to grow and expand.
About Barclays Eagle Labs
A platform to connect the UK’s entrepreneurial community
Eagle Labs are a growing national network of incubator spaces that provide business incubation, mentoring and co-working and office space for ambitious high-growth businesses as well as digital skills development and rapid prototyping through onsite digital fabrication equipment and Industry 4.0 expertise at many of our sites.
By cultivating a community of likeminded entrepreneurs through a providing a collaborative work environment, access to their peers and opportunities to maximise growth through digital connections, curated events and funding opportunities, Eagle Labs are able to help start-ups to grow at pace.
Eagle Labs also specialises in positively disrupting key industries by bringing together key corporate players, industry bodies, leading universities and start-ups to enable rapid innovation and investment by asking them to collaborate and currently have dedicated LawTech, HealthTech and AgriTech industry-aligned programmes.
With 25 Eagle Labs across the country and more in the pipeline, our focus is to help to connect, educate and accelerate ambitious UK businesses and entrepreneurs.