Bordon’s small business gets a boost after receiving a new 3D printer


A SMALL business has been given a brighter future thanks to the donation of brand new 3D printing equipment after a chance encounter at the recent Shed Market.

Paul Jones, local 3D printer and owner of Jonah Meads, was exhibiting his 3D models at the Shed’s regular makers fair when the 4U2U group technical director and local businessman was passing by.

In a brief chat, Paul revealed his ambition to have his 3D printed designs stocked in the soon to be launched Creator Marketplace. Paul said: “My goal was to have enough capacity to produce more of my 3D models and respond to order requests much faster.

“When Stuart stopped by the booth, we discussed the Makers’ Market project storing some of my 3D models. Unfortunately at the time I didn’t have the equipment to take this step, but Stuart helped me offered a 3D printer on site. I couldn’t ‘I don’t believe him, I thought he was joking!’

Stuart Morrison, CTO of local hospitality brand 4U2U Group, local operators and major hospitality employers in Bordon, said: “Having worked with many small and new business owners, particularly during lockdown, I know how even a small support measure for a small business can make a huge difference.

“I myself have been in the start-up stage many times and I know how vital every little bit of support can be. Supporting local producers is at the heart of what drives the Makers’ Market and we welcome small businesses that come see us to discuss how the 4U2U group can get involved and help them grow.”

The printer, a state-of-the-art Creality machine, will allow Paul to expand his business with increased production facilities and he hopes to bring more attention to his fully articulated 3D models.

James Child, Project Manager at Whitehill & Bordon Regeneration Company, said: “We are delighted to see the collaboration between local businesses, particularly in the developing town centre. It’s good to see The Shed creating opportunities for new and small businesses to work with larger, growing businesses to support job growth and employment opportunities in the city. »

The Marché des Créateurs, located in the Hangar, Bordon will open its doors in August. Launch date details are to be announced “very soon”.


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