For over ten years Sparkhouse has been a catalyst in creating new business and new employment opportunities.
The history of Sparkhouse
Sparkhouse was launched in 2002 as a centre to help support the careers of the high-calibre creative industry students, graduating from the University of Lincoln.
The centre was designed to encourage startups in the creative sectors, both from graduates and external sources, as well as create employment opportunities within the region.
The centre is a unique building standing on the edge of the Brayford Pool Campus, The majority of which is built on land originally utilised as railway marshaling yards.
Sparkhouse took advantage of its location by restoring an expanding on an early 20th century railway building to provide space for six initial businesses.
By the end of 2003 Sparkhouse had been recognised and accredited as a ‘Best Practice’ incubator by UK Business Incubation (UKBI) and in addition came runner up in their national ‘Best Newcomer’ awards.
It is through these strong foundations that Sparkhouse has grown to become a significant catalyst for business start-up and knowledge transfer activity in the region.