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WHAT IS AN EAGLE LAB? The Barclays Eagle Lab in Jersey will feature two sections, the MakerSpace and Incubator:


• MakerSpaces offer access to 3D printers and laser cutters, and provide businesses with access to the tools they need to rapidly produce and test prototypes without having to import from overseas. The MakerSpace will also be available for community events, corporate team days, training sessions around topics such as cyber fraud and coding as well as more basic digital skills training.


• Incubators specifically target high-growth firms and entrepreneurs projecting 20 per cent growth or more, and will benefit from collaborating with other like- minded business, and mentoring from Barclays industry experts provided by the Eagle Lab.


without having to import from overseas, significantly reducing the time and cost taken from concept to market. The Barclays Eagle Lab will be available for use by local businesses, community groups and schools with pupils of all ages.


Barclays, Digital Jersey and the Library will also work with successful entrepreneurs, business angels, education partners and local professionals to provide a mentor and coaching network to facilitate the growth of the businesses involved. We’re absolutely thrilled that Barclays is making this further investment in the Jersey economy and its future.


Technology is transforming the speed at which start-ups can grow and scale. Recently Bose, a consumer electronics company, suggested that up to 90% of its products had been directly influenced by testing and developing, using rapid production methods. Sam Altman, President of the most prestigious business incubator in the world, Y Combinator, was recently quoted as saying. "All the reasons that have made software so successful are beginning to happen with hardware. So much can be done so quickly, prototyped so rapidly, and the costs are so low."


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 alongside our financial expertise we intend to help people succeed.


The concept is fully endorsed by the CEO of Digital Jersey, Tony Moretta, he told me: “We're overjoyed that Digital Jersey has been able to bring together Barclays' exciting Barclays Eagle Lab rollout with the ambitions of the Jersey Library, to deliver an exciting new building block in the development of the island's digital skills.”


The Barclays Eagle Lab will not just be about business though, as working with the library and Digital Jersey can also been very rewarding. When I spoke to the Chief Librarian, Ed Jewell, he said: "Barclays Eagle Lab will build on the current training and support we provide to help local people learn essential ICT skills. I’m sure it will form a cornerstone of Jersey Library's Digital offer, helping to underpin digital literacy and innovation for people of all ages.”


Using the Barclays Eagle Lab to help the community will fit very well with our aims to support local people with their digital and life skills. Our Digital Eagles will use the space extensively, and their mission is to share their digital expertise and to make digital technology accessible to all. They are available to help people of all ages build their digital skills and confidence to ensure nobody is left behind by the digital revolution.


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The lab will also be used by our Code Playground team, which seeks to encourage young people (and adults!) to learn the basics required in writing software for computers, the building block of new technology, and a fun and engaging pastime.


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The Barclays Eagle Lab will be a highly visible sign of Barclays’ ongoing investment into Jersey and its future prosperity.


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one of only seven across the entire British Isles, which highlights how important Jersey is to our business.


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