England cricket hero Matthew Hoggard paid a visit to Mortons Media Group today as he took the opportunity to inspect the range of cutting edge equipment housed in the OnLincolnshire technology hub.

The former international seam bowler, a key member of the famous Ashes winning side of 2005, had been introduced to the scheme at a recent charity match between the Professional Cricketers Association and the Royal Air Force.

Hoggard’s post-cricket career has seen him become business development manager for foreign currency exchange company OSTC and he explained that he wanted to learn more as part of his new role: “The hardware that is being developed comes from across the world and that can mean expensive charges on transactions between currencies when it is purchased.

“OSTC provides a monetary service that aims to dramatically reduce those costs for businesses that simply can’t afford them; exactly the kinds of businesses that are providing and using this new and exciting technology.”

The hub, which is located in at Mortons Media Group’s offices in Horncastle, is part of a Lincolnshire County Council project which aims to work with partner organisations to bring digital technologies to people, services, businesses and communities across the county.

Available for use are a 3D printer, laser etcher, UV printer, milling machine and knitting machine along with an Oculus Rift which provides a ground breaking virtual reality experience.