Digital enterprise hub

Warrington has been successful in securing funding from the Government’s Town Deal for several projects including a new Digital Enterprise Hub. The funding for this project is £2.9m.

The Digital Enterprise Hub will be located within St James Business Centre, near Bridge Foot. Providing a base for SMEs, it will help support the economic regeneration of Warrington town centre.

The digital hub received Cabinet approval in November 2021 to submit the business case to the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC).

What is a digital hub?

The Digital Hub is designed to support innovation and collaboration for businesses using digital technology, such as artificial intelligence (AI), big data, virtual reality, e-commerce and logistics automation (building on the strengths of Omega Business Park). There will also be a focus on the gaming sector. This space will also encourage knowledge sharing and support local digital entrepreneurs.

The hub will be:

  • a place to get inspired and learn about new digital technologies
  • a place to create, develop and test new technologies and new technology products
  • a place to set up and grow digital businesses
  • a place to network with like-minded businesses

What is the Vision?

The ambition is for for Warrington’s Digital Hub to become an inspiration nationally for digital businesses and start-ups and internationally recognised as best in class - on a par with international Digital accelerators such as The Digital Hub in Dublin, Y Combinator in California and 8200 EISP in Tel Aviv.

Who is the hub for?

The hub will attract new and seasoned entrepreneurs, including:

  • school leavers
  • new graduates
  • serial entrepreneurs
  • digital founders
  • people looking for new challenges and/or opportunities due to the economic impact of the pandemic
  • young digital businesses on their growth phase.

It will be a diverse hub, with a mix of ages, abilities and technological knowledge.