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Bath’s Innovation Centre embarks on a new era


Andy Council puts the finishing touches to his mural at the University of Bath Innovation Centre. Picture: Kevin Bates, Bath News & Media/The Bath Chronicle

Andy Council puts the finishing touches to his mural at the University of Bath Innovation Centre. Picture: Kevin Bates, Bath News & Media/The Bath Chronicle

Bath is to forge closer links with other tech-savvy English cities as the University of Bath’s Innovation Centre expands.

The centreĀ is launching DigiCity, a space where young firms can have access to office facilities without the cost of permanent overheads.

The revamped area, which includes an eye-catching new mural, will open towards the end of February, and moves are afoot to twin DigiCity with similarĀ bases in London and Cambridge.

The centre’s director, Simon Bond, said: “We work closely with companies that are innovating, applying technology to create new stuff. These entrepreneurs and creators don’t want to be tied to an office but want the ability to hook up in an office environment and work alongside like-minded people.

“The aim is for there to be links with similar establishments in London and Cambridge. We want to connect up these powerful creative and entrepreneurial communities.”

People wanting to use the centre will be able to book a batch of sessions in advance online.

To mark the centre’s new era, Mr Bond commissioned a striking mural by street artist Andy Council. The artwork shows Bath as a writhing dragon and has been sponsored by audio streaming startup Bardowl.

There’s more info on the mural and the Innovation Centre’s plans for the future in the latest edition of The Bath Chronicle (out February 2).

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