Barclays is launching a new Eagle Lab at MediaCityUK in Salford Quays in partnership with The Landing.

SMEs will work alongside large media and tech firms as part of a growing business community at Barclays’ Eagle Lab Salford.

It will provide access to resources including expert mentoring, 3D printers, laser cutters and events space.

“The new Barclays Eagle Lab in Salford is our first one in the North and represents a significant step in our relationship with the start-up community,” said Michael Hartig, managing director, high growth and entrepreneurs at Barclays.

“We’ve created the Barclays Eagle Labs because technology is transforming the speed at which start-ups can grow and scale.

“Simply having access to a 3D printer can now help people turn a clever idea into a business success overnight, and by providing practical resources along with our financial expertise we intend to help many businesses succeed.

“The new Barclays Eagle Labs in Salford is located in the heart of MediaCityUK, providing a vibrant creative and media sector with access to the tools and resources that will help them accelerate growth.”

Barclays Eagle Lab

The facility will also be available for community events, digital Tea and Teach and LifeSkills sessions, with the aim of bringing together and developing useful technology and manufacturing skills to help inspire future innovators and drive commercial and social benefits.

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Maya Dibley, Head of programmes and partnerships at The Landing, said: “The Landing was established to give fledgling technology businesses a home to expand and achieve growth. 

“The spirit of collaboration is part of the fabric of The Landing tech co-working experience and so this new relationship with Barclays Eagle Lab MakerSpaces fits perfectly with what we are all about. 

“The new Barclays Eagle Lab will take The Landing in to a new and exciting level, giving our members access to technology like 3D printers that will no doubt inspire new ways to achieve further growth.”

Barclays Eagle Lab

Barclays has already opened Eagle Labs in Birmingham, Bournemouth, Brighton, Cambridge, Norwich and Notting Hill.

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