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A new innovation centre designed to support and cultivate London’s innovative manufacturing, logistics and construction businesses, has opened in the heart of the Thames Gateway.
Located in Rainham, Future Cube will be home to a range of demonstrators and tools that will help businesses to explore and adopt new technologies and improve their efficiency, productivity and competitiveness.
The Future Cube facility is the result of a partnership between Havering Council, SEGRO, the London Riverside Business Improvement District (BID), and the Greater London Authority with the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC) selected as the lead delivery partner on-site.
MTC’s specialists and expert guidance will help small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to address the practical, technical and strategic challenges that are critical to helping them to build long-term resilience and viability.
The facility was formally opened by deputy mayor Jules Pipe CBE in a special ceremony. He was joined by the leader of Havering Council, Cllr Damian White, and representatives from the Riverside BID, and SEGRO.
Mr Pipe aid: “Future Cube is a great space for local businesses to discover the transformative effect of embracing new technologies and digital capabilities.”
“By coming together, these organisations are opening up futureproofing opportunities that are desperately needed to ensure competitiveness, resilience and long-term viability in a rapidly evolving economy.”
MTC chief executive Dr Clive Hickman said: “We are excited to start working with businesses in Greater London and the Thames Gateway, the region has a history of innovation and entrepreneurship and Future Cube is the perfect partner to help those businesses flourish through the introduction of new skills and increased productivity which will stimulate growth.”
Cllr White said: “Supporting and championing local businesses to reach new heights has always been a priority for Havering Council, so we are incredibly proud to be a lead partner in such an exciting and innovative project.”
“Our unique location right on the border of Essex and London, with great transport links to and from the city, makes Rainham such a brilliant place for a wide variety of businesses. It’s important we put facilities like Future Cube in place to help those businesses to strengthen and grow in this ever-changing world.”