Centre of­fi­cially opens to give re­tail busi­ness an in­no­va­tive edge

Gloucestershire Echo - - BUSINESS -

A NEW fa­cil­ity to help re­tail busi­ness take on dig­i­tal in­no­va­tions will be launched to­day, May 30.

The UK Dig­i­tal Re­tail In­no­va­tion Centre will be of­fi­cially opened at East­gate Shop­ping Centre, Glouces­ter, by David Owen and Diane Sa­vory of Gfirst LEP.

UK:DRIC will be “the na­tional centre for test­ing and de­vel­op­ing dis­rup­tive dig­i­tal in­no­va­tions”.

Fo­cus­ing on the re­tail sec­tor it will help shape and in­form the fu­ture of ci­ties with a spe­cial fo­cus on re­tail.

As well as a 60-seater con­fer­ence centre, it is filled with ‘pods’ and ‘hot desks’ where peo­ple can bring their lap­tops and demon­strate their new ideas show­ing how they have man­aged to get customers to recog­nise their brand.

It is a place de­signed to make sure that no one “gets left be­hind the dig­i­tal revo­lu­tion”.

The UK:DRIC’S web­site ad­ver­tises it­self as: “By work­ing with a wide range of part­ners Glouces­ter is rapidly build­ing the jig­saw that will lead to dig­i­tal solutions to sup­port re­tail­ers and town and city cen­tres and produce a seam­less jour­ney which will lead con­sumers from on­line to brick and mor­tar and meet the chal­lenges fac­ing high streets, shop­ping cen­tres and ci­ties caused by the dig­i­tal revo­lu­tion.”

Fund­ing worth £400,000 has come from GFIRSTLEP to Mar­ket­ing Glouces­ter to drive the scheme.

For more visit uk­dric.org

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