PODS WITH A PURPOSE
HOW A PRIVATE BUSINESS USED THE CUMBRIA INNOVATIONS PLATFORM'S RESOURCES TO BOOST ITS PRODUCT
The family-run Pennine Pods has used the innovative technology and expertise that the Cumbrian Innovations Platform offers to gain an insight into the performance of their building materials. Pennine Pods, based at High Hesket, collaborated with students from Lancaster University who tested their materials by scientific measurement. The data they collected is beneficial for the company's reputation and the consumers' confidence in their products. Ian Hunter, Pennine Pods Managing Director, said he was delighted with the outcome of the project. He said: "This work helped the company to produce and qualify a truly unique product in the form of a mobile glamping pod that can go into different environments and temperature extremes across the planet.
"The student team were friendly, helpful and competent and we had a thoroughly positive experience working with the engineering department at Lancaster University." The Cumbria Innovations Platform is a collaborative project part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), and is available to ERDF eligible businesses. The aim is to support senior decision makers of small and medium-sized businesses in Cumbria, and provide access to equipment and expertise in the industries of science, technology, computing, engineering and management at Lancaster University and the University of Cumbria. Pennine Pods is just one example of how the project has enabled a local business to validate the positive claims about their products, enhancing their brand.