News / Blackburn’s Making Rooms Makes Room forGrowth with Lancashire Forum

A Blackburn business is flying high and making major progress after successful involvement with the Lancashire Forum. 

“Like many small businesses, we were trying to be all things to all people, but it’s hard to manage and market such a scattergun approach,” said Dr Eddie Kirkby, of The Making Rooms. “The Lancashire Forum enabled us to focus our activities and move forward.”


The Lancashire Forum, part of Boost; Lancashire’s business growth hub, is a six-month programme designed to help owner-managers, MDs and senior decision makers of SMEs to grow their businesses. The programme has played a key role in The Making Rooms’ development.

 

The Making Rooms exist to provide a space for creativity, technology and advanced manufacturing to come together.

“Like many small businesses, we were trying to be all things to all people, but it’s hard to manage and market such a scattergun approach,” said Dr Eddie Kirkby, of The Making Rooms. “The Lancashire Forum enabled us to focus our activities and move forward.”


The Lancashire Forum, part of Boost; Lancashire’s business growth hub, is a six-month programme designed to help owner-managers, MDs and senior decision makers of SMEs to grow their businesses. The programme has played a key role in The Making Rooms’ development.

 

The Making Rooms exist to provide a space for creativity, technology and advanced manufacturing to come together.

 

“Our objective is to help create new businesses, jobs and skills,” added Eddie. “But a lot of things go into that, from the free open access day at our Fab Lab (Fabrication Laboratory), to our incubator spaces and funded programmes like Tech Blackburn, our technology start-up accelerator. We also hire out time on equipment like laser cutters and CNC routers, and provide commercial design, 3D printing and prototyping services.”

 

Blackburn Borough Council approached Eddie after he set up the UK’s first Fab Lab in Manchester in 2009, wanting him to do the same in Blackburn. The business plan quickly evolved and the intention was always for The Making Rooms to become independent, flexible and agile.

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Blackburn’s Making Rooms Makes Room forGrowth with Lancashire Forum