Business conference showcases Taunton Glass Box

Hundreds of business leaders from across the region have been given a taste of the digital skills being nurtured in Taunton’s Glass Box.

Staff from Somerset County Council’s Library service showcased the Glass Box’s work to 300 delegates from across the South West attending the annual conference of the Heart of the South West Local Enterprise Partnership (HotSWLEP).

The Glass Box Enterprise and Innovation Centre in Taunton Library inspires and supports young people, businesses and the wider community with a range of events and activities, often focused on digital technology. It is managed by the library service with extra funding from Taunton Deane Borough Council.

Delegates at the event held at the County Cricket Ground were able to see at first-hand a 3D Printer and 3D Scanner at work, along with some examples of robotics and coding developed at the Pioneers and Code Clubs.

Councillor David Hall, Somerset County Council Deputy Leader and Board Member of the HotSW LEP said: “This was a great opportunity to show how we are supporting the whole community through the work we are doing in the Glass Box and the timing seemed ideal as the HotSW LEP announced the formation of the new Digital Skills Partnership.

“We have already hosted dozens of events, activities and clubs for young people and businesses and we have forged partnerships with a range of organisations such as Digital Taunton, local business groups, schools and colleges but we are keen to do much more and help address some of the skills gaps that have been identified at a local and national level.”

“Many businesses and other organisations were keen to find out more about our innovative approach to digital skills development and indeed how libraries across the county are helping a range of potential and existing small businesses by providing access to research and other business support activity”

The Glass Box Enterprise and Innovation Centre is open 6 days a week and hosts a range of events for the whole community.

Regular Code Clubs and Pioneer Club events are proving popular with young people and the centre is attracting interest from community groups and businesses, offering business advice sessions and workshops.

The centre also offers an attractive workspace with the benefit of being next to a friendly and modern library space with a good café and free Wi-Fi.

For information on the Glass Box enterprise, check out the website www.somerset.gov.uk/glassbox or follow @glassboxtaunton on Twitter.