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Lancaster University joins consortium creating groundbreaking new initiative to drive growth and innovation

Lancaster University is working with a consortium of leading cybersecurity specialists to create a new Digital Innovation Security Hub (DiSH) in Manchester.

The development will help drive innovation and growth in the North West and across the wider UK digital and cybersecurity sectors, with the aim of supporting 500 new start-ups and creating more than 1 000 jobs locally.

The DiSH will be headquartered in a state-of-the-art 11,000 square foot space at Heron House in Manchester, which is due to open this summer, but will be accessible from virtually anywhere in the country. The site will include co-working spaces or private offices for companies and entrepreneurs and provide access to networking opportunities, business growth programs and mentorship from industry experts.

The consortium of partners appointed by Manchester City Council to create DiSH, including Lancaster University, Barclays Eagle Labs – in partnership with Plexal – and the University of Manchester, will also deliver a range of cyber and digital across the Greater Manchester Combined Authority region.

Louise Heathwaite, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Research and Enterprise), Lancaster University: “We are delighted to be working with our partners Barclays Eagle Labs, Plexal and the University of Manchester on DiSH to support the growth of the cybersecurity in Britain. Manchester and the wider region.

“For Lancaster University, this represents the next step in our central role working with key regional stakeholders to support the development of the emerging North West Cyber ​​Corridor and the creation of a thriving regional cyber research and education ecosystem. ‘innovation.

“As the only university in the region triple-accredited by the National Cyber ​​Security Center, DiSH will further enable Lancaster to engage more effectively across the entire corridor – from GCHQ headquarters to Manchester, where the DiSH will be co-located, through Samlesbury, as the headquarters of the National Cyber ​​Force, and up to Lancaster and further north.

The development of DiSH will include training and support for companies, business owners and employees through workshops and seminars to improve the skills of over 1,000 people over the next five years to help them access opportunities in the growing sector, with a focus on disadvantaged local communities to promote mobility through innovation.

Additionally, DiSH will inspire and educate the future workforce by offering cyber and digital skills workshops in collaboration with local elementary schools, colleges and employers.

Graham Bastin, MD and Site Manager North West at Barclays, said: “Digital and cybersecurity skills are becoming increasingly critical to the functioning of business, government as well as society as a whole.

“Through the DiSH collaborative initiative, we hope, together with our consortium partners, to find and support talented entrepreneurs in the sector and bring digital and cyber skills to the North West. We believe this will support the growth of a diverse and inclusive digital security industry in Greater Manchester and beyond.

Councilor Bev Craig, Leader of Manchester City Council, added: “Manchester is Europe’s fastest growing tech city and is emerging as a center of excellence for digital and cybersecurity. DiSH should help build on this and create a wide range of new opportunities in the sector for people in Manchester and Greater Manchester.

In the first of a range of growth programs offered by DiSH, companies can now register their interest in the dedicated Digital Security Accelerator program. The program will provide tailored support through a series of business masterclasses, with participating entrepreneurs benefiting from mentorship and professional coaching from industry scaling experts.

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