Barclays has been revealed as a major partner in the Belfast Ormeau Baths redevelopment, which will be known as Barclays Eagle Lab at Ormeau Baths, supporting Northern Ireland’s entrepreneurial business community.
The new Barclays Eagle Lab at Ormeau Baths will open its doors in June 2017, and will be an integral part of a 150 seat co-working site in the city centre providing access to resources including expert mentoring, event space, and workshops - giving Northern Ireland’s start-up and scale-up communities a crucial boost. Belfast is the tenth Eagle Lab Barclays has opened after success in locations such as Salford, London and Cambridge.
The space, a Grade B1 listed former Victorian Bath House built in 1888, will be specifically designed around the needs of local entrepreneurs, businesses and communities and tailored to suit Northern Ireland’s strength in high tech digital and IT innovation.
The Labs are supported by Barclays’ Digital Eagles and the bank will take 20 seats in the space to offer support to local businesses. Barclays will also have a Business Manager on site to provide support to local companies and entrepreneurs as well becoming the Belfast base for Barclays’ Digital Eagles community activity.
Mark Dowds, one of the founders of Ormeau Baths, said: “We have created Ormeau Baths as a way to breathe more life into the start-up community in Belfast. There are a lot of creative people and companies in Northern Ireland looking for a place to start and grow. Our hope is that we can bring these people together alongside partners like Barclays, who are willing to get behind younger companies to help them succeed.”