Lancashire‘s newest digital hub and co-working space ‘The Landmark’ is now open in Burnley.

The first stage phase of construction of the former Burnley Grammar School building is complete and is now poised to attract new and existing tech talent to the town.

Global digital giants including Google, Facebook are poised to hold seminars at the new location while final negotiations are being held between The Landmark and Barclay’s, in a bid to establish a Digital Eagles Lab on site.

“I would have loved to have had a space like this to come and work in when I first started out, especially with other like-minded people,” said Mark Crabtree OBE, Chair of Burnley Bondholders and MD of AMS Neve.

“You don’t always know if your ideas are going to work. You also need access to support and advice, a place to share ideas and chat things through over a coffee. It was the magic of the Bondholders at work again that started all this.

“Dave Walker of +24Marketing said he wanted a place where like-minded businesses could be together. Things blossomed from there to a full-scale Digital Tech hub, and as a former Burnley Grammar School student, I felt an affinity, fell in love with the place really and bought it.”

The first digital entrepreneurs are now moving into the space, including entrepreneur Mark O’Neill who two years ago started up his own digital business OneDesign.

“When I need to I can simply turn up with my laptop and start work in the collaborative space within minutes,” said O’Neill.

“I will be able to meet other tech business people and not be stuck in an expensive office on my own.

“It works so well as will be meeting up with other digital businesses and will be able to share our knowledge and contacts.”