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Innovation Studio

Industry-engagement and our strong maker culture puts collaboration at the heart of everything we do.

The Syrup Room

Testing new capabilities in Digital Fabrication. Supported by European Regional Development Funding (ERDF).

About the project

Josh and Jamie from The Syrup Room are AUB Graphic Design graduates who’ve built an exciting Dorset business working with some of the world’s biggest brands. The Syrup Room specialises in start-to-finish design-based projects and have worked on bespoke installation pieces for Nescafe, Martini, Bombay Sapphire, Stuart Semple, Ted Baker, Lush, Hilton and more.

AUB Innovation have been working with The Syrup Room since 2018, supporting prototyping access through our digital fabrication equipment. In 2019, the business was awarded an AUB-ERDF innovation grant to support the development of new capabilities for innovation. The funding is helping the business to test new ways of working through digital fabrication. One such test will explore how the design process can be improved through the use of portable CNC routing capabilities.

European Regional Development Funds

This project is supported through match-funding by the England European Regional Development Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. This fund was established by the European Union to help local areas stimulate their economic development. This investment will help to support innovation, businesses, skills and employment to improve local growth and create jobs. For more information visit

Explore the Innovation Studio

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The Innovation Studio operates as a lab for creative technologies, a nucleus for start-ups and enterprises, and an industry engagement hub.
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Take a look at some of our recent collaborative projects with external partners and businesses
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Collaborate with us

There are many ways to work with us – we can give you access to our equipment and expertise
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Associate Programme

Our Associate Programme offers membership of our Innovation Studio to regional businesses seeking research and development support.
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Residency Programme

Our Residency Programme offers membership of our Innovation Studio individuals, start-ups and SMEs developing new products or services.
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Industry-standard resources

The Innovation Studio features state-of-the-art equipment and digital resources, and the latest manufacturing technology.