Innovation Labs, supported by East Suffolk Council is launching a brand-new innovation and business hub, which is strategically located in the market town of Woodbridge, Suffolk

Opening on Thursday 27th July 2022, Innovation Labs offers co-working spaces, with a completely unique blend of support that fosters:

  • Innovation
  • Digital transformation
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Business growth

The initiative is strategically located within Riduna Park just a few minutes’ walk from Melton Train Station. Innovation Labs Woodbridge will have an initial capacity for 35 individuals, which will promote knowledge share, networking, and form the focal point for developing the town’s growing innovation and entrepreneurship communities.

Innovation Labs provides cost-effective co-working facilities which offer unique access to cutting edge technologies, market-leading innovation mentoring, business support services and funding advice. This package of support has an exceptional track record of taking members all the way through from concept to multi-million-pound businesses.

The launch of Innovation Labs Woodbridge will also mark the initiation of an ambitious pop-up outreach programme, that will visit towns right across East Suffolk over an 18-month period. This is designed to engage a wide variety of communities, inspiring understanding, and adoption of advanced technologies, whilst delivering innovation and business support services. The pop-up programme will begin with Saxmundham in August, followed by Rendlesham, Lowestoft, Leiston and Framlingham.

Peter Basford, director and co-founder, comments, ‘Innovation Labs is a pioneering, co-working space and innovation hub concept; we will be offering a completely unique blend of world-leading support, advice and facilities, with a proven track record of nurturing regional innovation and business growth.’

Karen Chapman, Suffolk Growth Partnership Manager, comments, ‘The proposal to establish both a physical Innovation Lab in Melton and a wider programme of outreach support in East Suffolk towns was welcomed by Suffolk Growth, and our grant of £80,000 will help raise the profile of the area as a key site for growing businesses.  Furthermore, integration with the wider network of business and innovation hubs across Suffolk will strengthen the impact achieved and help to ensure businesses across the region can access consistent support.’

Cllr Craig Rivett, East Suffolk Council’s Deputy Leader and cabinet member for Economic Development, said: ‘I’m delighted to welcome Innovation Labs to East Suffolk. I hope the new centre can help incubate and accelerate innovation, entrepreneurship and business growth in our district. It will give small local businesses, entrepreneurs and start-ups the chance to access the latest technology and to collaborate in a co-working space, while the pop-up outreach programme will be of value to other business hubs across our district.’

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