Innovative centre launched to business world
Published on Friday, 17th January 2020
The Centre for Digital Innovation (C4DI) Northallerton will be based in the listed buildings on the former prison site.
Started in Hull, the privately funded C4DI helps tech companies grow and traditional businesses innovate, bringing them together with industry through a variety of innovation programmes.
The Northallerton base will be a 24 / 7 co-working, meeting and collaboration incubator space creating a community of specialists giving access to technical skills and expertise. It will have an initial focus on agritech – the use of technology in agriculture, horticulture and food processing, to help the agriculture sector develop and grow and build an ecosystem of tech companies with unique supply chain and mentor access.
“C4DI will help businesses innovate and grow whether they are start-ups or existing businesses,” said Hambleton District Leader, Councillor Mark Robson.
“This is a very exciting project for Hambleton – the first of its kind in North Yorkshire. Work in the agritech area – which is a large part of the Hambleton economy - will help these businesses improve yield, efficiency and profitability. By bringing the agriculture and food sectors together in the tech centre we hope to see them develop and grow.”
And John Connolly, Managing Director of C4DI, added “We are incredibly excited by the opportunities in Northallerton – there are some fantastic tech businesses already based in the district as well as a thriving agricultural sector.
“We are looking forward to bringing the C4DI model to Treadmills and working with Hambleton District Council to help grow the sector, incubate new tech businesses and, create new jobs.”
- The Treadmills scheme being developed by Central Northallerton Development Company LTD (a joint venture between Hambleton District Council and Wykeland Group) will see retail, leisure and office units created on the town centre site.