Nick Clegg visits Bristol

 Karen Drake (Operations Manager), Nick Clegg MP, Nick Sturge, & Lorraine Fairbanks (Engine Shed Venue Manager)

Karen Drake (Operations Manager), Nick Clegg MP, Nick Sturge, & Lorraine Fairbanks (Engine Shed Venue Manager)

 

Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, was in Bristol recently to visit innovative businesses across the city.

As part of his tour he visited Engine Shed, where he announced a further £18.1m funding through the Growth Deal for the West of England LEP.

The announcement included announcing funding for a significant expansion of Engine Shed, as well as two other key projects in the West of England.

Initial plans for Engine Shed 2 could triple the amount of incubation and grow-on space currently available for high-tech, social, creative and digital businesses, in the Temple Quarter Enterprise Zone.

A tour of Engine Shed (phase 1), Bristol’s newest innovation hub – a £1.7 million refurbishment of Brunel’s original train station, completed in 2013, and a unique collaboration between the University of Bristol, WE LEP and Bristol City Council – followed the announcement.

Nick Sturge, director of Engine Shed and the Bristol SETsquared Centre, introduced Nick Clegg to nine fast growing, highly successful SETsquared businesses: Neighbourly, Fusion processing, Systems4Silicon, BluWireless technology, Ultrahaptics, Kubla, FundSurfer, CameraForensics and IdeaSquares.

Bristol Elected Mayor George Ferguson and WE LEP vice chairs, Robert Sinclair and Cllr Paul Crossley met with Mr Clegg to talk through the plans for LEP.

Nick Sturge, director of Engine Shed and SETsquared, comments: “We were pleased to welcome Nick Clegg back to SETsquared and to see our new home, Engine Shed.

“We now look forward to working with the LEP, Bristol City Council and Government to deliver further growth, through Engine Shed 2, in the Bristol & Bath area.

“We will deliver this as soon as possible to meet the demand for innovative, flexible and curated space. Bristol & Bath really is THE most exciting place to be right now.”

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