Innovative space
designed for growth
Innovation Factory is based in the renovated site of Mackie International on the outskirts of Belfast, this iconic site has been reinvented to provide workspace and support to Belfast’s growing entrepreneurial community. With access to a range of workshops, one-to-one coaching and a friendly community of entrepreneurs, it’s the perfect place to share ideas, push boundaries and ask yourself, what if?

Innovative space
designed for growth

Innovation Factory is based in the renovated site of Mackie International on the outskirts of Belfast, this iconic site has been reinvented to provide workspace and support to Belfast’s growing entrepreneurial community. With access to a range of workshops, one-to-one coaching and a friendly community of entrepreneurs, it’s the perfect place to share ideas, push boundaries and ask yourself, what if?
Our focus
Supporting entrepreneurs
We aim to provide a platform for promising entrepreneurs to develop their innovations faster. Either through providing direct support via our in-house Innovation Director or by giving you a gentle nudge towards an experienced fellow tenant or external business within our ecosystem. We also hold a range of workshops focusing on adding value to your business and helping you make connections within our business community.
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Building communities
We cherish working with other passionate people and understand the value of sharing knowledge and experience. That’s why we aim to strike a balance between creating a community which allows entrepreneurs to be comfortable working on their own projects, whilst having the option to collaborate with our community and gain access to our range of support services.
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POWERED BY

After remaining closed for 40 years, deteriorating and suffering vandalism, AOB was acquired by PlaceFirst in 2014, and working with Tameside MBC plans to revive the building to its former glory were put into place.  Over a period of three years,  the centre underwent a sympathetic yet innovative renovation, led by architect collective MCAU. It re-opened to customers in May 2017, fast becoming a hotbed of creative and digital entrepreneurs in Ashton-under-Lyne.

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Ashton Old Baths transformation was funded by a £1.7 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant, £1 million of European Regional Development Fund and Tameside MBC’s investment into one of its most iconic landmarks.

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POWERED BY

After remaining closed for 40 years, deteriorating and suffering vandalism, AOB was acquired by PlaceFirst in 2014, and working with Tameside MBC plans to revive the building to its former glory were put into place.  Over a period of three years,  the centre underwent a sympathetic yet innovative renovation, led by architect collective MCAU. It re-opened to customers in May 2017, fast becoming a hotbed of creative and digital entrepreneurs in Ashton-under-Lyne.

REVIVED BY

Ashton Old Baths transformation was funded by a £1.7 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant, £1 million of European Regional Development Fund and Tameside MBC’s investment into one of its most iconic landmarks.

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Managed by

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Innovation Factory is managed by Oxford Innovation, who started by creating Europe’s first innovation centre – and now manage a growing network of over 20 centres across the UK.

As a high growth business itself, Oxford Innovation understands what innovators, start-ups, entrepreneurs and emerging businesses are experiencing. They know what works and how best to support you. They can also connect you to a network of over 1,000 businesses and you can use facilities in any of their locations (subject to availability).

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