Cornwall Innovation comprises the county's newest business acceleration facilities: the Pool Innovation Centre, Tremough Innovation Centre and the Health & Wellbeing Innovation Centre based at Treliske in Truro.
The Pool Innovation Centre is a business acceleration facility that welcomes start-up and existing businesses from a range of sectors. We provide office space and business support plus meeting and conference facilities to help grow your business.
The Tremough Innovation Centre is a business acceleration facility that welcomes businesses from the creative, media, eco and environmental science sectors.
Based in Truro, the Health & Wellbeing Innovation Centre is a business acceleration facility that welcomes knowledge based business within sectors that support health and/or wellbeing.
Our Centres are focused on supporting all growth, knowledge and innovation-led businesses and in particular those from the media, creative, eco, environmental, and health and wellbeing sectors. Support is offered to businesses at all stages of their journey from incubation through to mature enterprises looking to innovate and grow.
The management of all three Centres is delivered by Plymouth University on behalf of Cornwall Council. Cornwall Innovation has been supported by the European Regional Development Fund Convergence Programme.
Cornwall Innovation comprises the county's newest business acceleration facilities; the Pool Innovation Centre, Tremough Innovation Centre and the Health and Wellbeing Innovation Centre based at Treliske in Truro.
Pool Innovation Centre ™
The Pool Innovation Centre business acceleration facility welcomes start-up and existing businesses from a range of sectors to enjoy:
Tremough Innovation Centre ™
The Tremough Innovation Centre business acceleration facility welcomes businesses from the creative, media, eco and environmental science sectors to enjoy:
Health & Wellbeing Innovation Centre ™
The Health & Wellbeing Innovation Centre business acceleration facility welcomes knowledge based businesses within sectors that support health and wellbeing to enjoy:
Cornwall Innovation is Cornwall's newest business acceleration facility that comprises of the Pool Innovation Centre, Tremough Innovation Centre and the Health and Wellbeing Innovation Centre.
Cornwall Innovation consists of the Pool, Tremough and Health & Wellbeing Innovation Centres. Each has its own Centre Manager, Administrator and Clerical Assistant with the Cornwall Innovation Director overseeing the whole family.
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Conference & Events Administration Assistant
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Tremough Innovation Centre
Health & Wellbeing Innovation Centre
Conference & Events Specialist
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Health & Wellbeing Innovation Centre
Audit and Compliance Specialist
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John started his career as an apprentice in the construction industry in Cornwall before spending 2 years overseas in Hanover, Germany. On his return to the UK, he moved to the leisure industry working with Deborah Meaden’s family business located on the Lizard Peninsula.
Since joining Cornwall Innovation, John has undertaken his IOSH and NEBOSH International General Certification to enhance his knowledge of Health and Safety. In his spare time he’s a keen rugby supporter, spends time with his family and enjoys sampling some of the fine Cornish goods produced by local food and beverage artisans.Back to the team
Lorna joined the team in September 2014 as a Clerical Assistant at the Pool Innovation Centre. She grew up in Cornwall and completed her degree in BSc Geography at the University of Exeter, where she studied at the Cornwall campus and gained a First.
Whilst studying for her A-Levels, Lorna worked as a Student Ambassador at Cornwall College and undertook an internship at South Crofty Mine as a Research and Archive Assistant whilst studying for her degree.
Lorna then worked at Careers South West as a Career and Information Assistant, where she worked across a number of branches throughout Cornwall providing careers help, support and advice. Remaining in this area of work, Lorna was employed as a Student Ambassador Coordinator at Cornwall College, where she managed Higher Education Student Ambassadors across the campuses.
Following this employment, Lorna worked as a Tenant Liaison Officer at Northwood Limited, a Letting Agents in Truro, and was then promoted to Maintenance Manager. Lorna was then later promoted to Office Manager; responsible for managing and resolving all maintenance issues, managing the company accounts, overseeing and improving office processes, before joining the Cornwall Innovation team.
Lorna enjoys keeping herself busy in her spare time, with going to the beach, shopping for a bargain (particularly at the car boot), going to craft fairs, eating Philps pasties, and enjoys spending time with family and friends. Lorna is also a fan of the Carry On Films and enjoys collecting minerals and gemstones, as well as painting and drawing, which she has less time for these days, with spending as much free time as possible with her daughter, swimming, crafting and having fun.Back to the team
Chloe joined the Cornwall Innovation team as Clerical Assistant for Tremough Innovation Centre in April 2015. She grew up in Staffordshire and went on to study Politics and International Relations at the University of Exeter and gained a real passion for international development.
Chloe has solid customer service experience working in a range of customer facing roles. Before attending university, Chloe was the Head Waitress and managed a team at a popular local pub in Staffordshire. After graduating Chloe secured a position working in recruitment at Penryn Job Centre assisting people in find suitable employment and working with local businesses. She thoroughly enjoyed her time working here even setting up her own CV clinic for customers.
Chloe also completed Unlocking Potential’s Stand out from the Crowd course; this allowed her to further develop her existing transferable skills from both her degree and customer service experience. She secured a placement at The Royal Cornwall Polytechnic Society,a charity that promotes innovation in the arts and sciences, with a particular focus on the county of Cornwall. Whilst working here Chloe gained valuable experience coordinating events, marketing, social media and daily administration tasks.
Chloe’s parents live in France and this inspires herlove of cooking and experimenting in the kitchen. You will often find Chloe with her head in a book, exploring Cornwall and meeting up with friends.Back to the team
Growing up in Cornwall whilst studying and working in a coastal city pursued Lottie to seek a graduate opportunity next to the sea. Recently graduating from Plymouth University in September 2014, Lottie joined the Cornwall Innovation team in February 2015 in the role of Events Assistant for Tremough Innovation Centre.
Whilst completing her degree in Business Studies, Lottie secured a year in industry as part of her four year degree programme. Joining Plymouth University’s External Relations Directorate, she worked within two fundamental departments; Corporate Marketing and Conference & Events. Here she focused on building relationships internally, locally, nationally and internationally, ensuring the university sustains a strong reputation. She played an integral part within the team when marketing the university through a range of corporate events, projects, campaigns and other initiatives, in partnership with the university and externally, crucial in building a strong brand presence in today’s higher education sector. Lottie gained invaluable experience managing corporate branding, communications and reputation, whilst engaging with a range of internal and external stakeholders.
Further to working in External Relations, Lottie’s role had a central focus on sustainability. Working as part of Plymouth University’s sustainability team, Lottiehas worked on a wide range of campaigns and events to create a sustainable campus environment. She secured and publicised Plymouth University’s Fairtrade accreditation and formed part of the wider Sustainability Team in securing 2nd rank out of 151 Higher Education Institutes in the People & Planet League, the only comprehensive and independent league table of UK universities ranked by environmental and ethical performance published in the Guardian.
Lottie loves both exploring Cornwall and its great beaches, equestrian sports and dining at local restaurants. She also embraces city life by taking regular trips away to visit close friends and feed her addiction for shoes!
Having grown up in Cornwall and trained in Food & Beverage at Camborne College, she worked within the busy catering industry. Following a career change she now has many years Administration and Customer Service knowledge and experience.
Having travelled and worked in Australia and America she returned to England to work in a large independent school in Somerset for the marketing department managing and developing their website and parent portal.
She has recently moved back to Cornwall and is excited to be working in the Pool Innovation Centre. Enjoying the busy and varied work of conferences and events, whilst around flourishing businesses within this part of the county.
Carla loves being close to the beach, and back home! She still enjoys travelling as much as possible whilst supporting her husband in his new business venture.Back to the team
Elaine joined the Cornwall Innovation team in February 2014 in the role of Events Administrator for the Health and Wellbeing Innovation Centre. Elaine was born and grew up in Cornwall, enjoying the beautiful beaches and country life.
Passionate about marketing and events, Elaine has experience working in the education and charity sector. Starting her career as a Marketing Apprentice for Truro and Penwith College Business Centre, she gained knowledge and skills in marketing and events management. Following the completion of her apprenticeship, Elaine undertook a six month internship with the British Red Cross, giving her the opportunity to put her event skills into action and fundraise for local and international appeals.
Elaine continued her career at Falmouth University, taking on the exciting and challenging role of Alumni Coordinator. In this role Elaine managed a variety of events involving graduates - from careers talks to an Open Day Alumni Lounge. She also developed her social media skills, copy writing skills and managed the launch of a new alumni website.
Elaine is currently studying for her Chartered Institute of Marketing Level 4 Certificate. In her spare time she enjoys pilates, reading and baking. You will often find her in the kitchen whipping up a batch of her famous chocolate chip cookies.Back to the team
After graduating from university in Cornwall, Tim secured the role of Welfare President at his students’ union. This gave Tim valuable experience in customer service, project management and event planning. From this experience, Tim moved on to work for an events company, specialising in corporate events and exhibitions, further growing his skills.
Having worked in this environment for a few years, Tim saw the opportunity to move back to Cornwall and work in a more diverse role at Tremough Innovation Centre as our Clerical Assistant, delivering exemplary customer service. Tim has since moved into the role of Project Administrator and continues to enjoy supporting our clients.Back to the team
Richard's first engagement with business was almost 20 years ago when he was involved in an antique restoration business based on the Gulf Coast of Florida. He has also operated his own pub business in the UK, which saw him write the weekly quiz and led on to him taking a team to appear on BBC2's Eggheads. More recently he's worked in business support and knowledge transfer roles for Universities in London, Essex and Dorset and also had a career working corporately for Holiday Inn and Hilton.
Having returned to education in his 30's, Richard earned his European Studies and Spanish degrees at Plymouth University and the Universidad Europea de Madrid where he spent an ERASMUS year and gained a deep appreciation of Spanish food and wine.Back to the team
Karen Murray joined the Cornwall Innovation team in April 2012 as the Health and Wellbeing Innovation Centre Manager.
Born to a military family in Cyprus, Karen spent her early years in Germany and attended a boarding school in the UK until the family returned to Hampshire when she was 16.
Karen has had a varied career to-date, including working in start-up businesses, public service and FTSE 100 companies. Following four years working in the State Education arena, Karen became the Operational Manager for a Dutch medical insurer, where she qualified as ACII. She has also worked for AstraZeneca at their head office in London and the Commission for Social Care Inspection. Karen also set up and ran her own company offering skiing holidays in France (despite initially being unable to ski or speak French) which she sold after 7 years of profitable trading.
Following relocation to Cornwall, Karen joined the NHS working at the Royal Cornwall Hospital as their Paying Patients Manager. During her time at RCH, Karen also managed various business and income generation projects, dealing with some complex healthcare issues gaining an understanding around healthcare commissioning, development and payment.
Karen has specialist knowledge and experience in contract management, dissemination of legislation and the writing of policies and procedures. She has also written and rolled out coaching programmes and trained colleagues in business reporting procedures.
Karen is a qualified Prince 2 Practitioner and achieved the Advanced Diploma in Management Studies and the Institute of Leadership and Management qualifications. She is a strong advocate of continued professional development as a means to improve team and personal effectiveness.
Karen also runs her own retail business in Truro, employing 7 staff.
Zoe joined the team in June 2013 as a Clerical Assistant at the Health and Wellbeing Innovation Centre. She grew up in Cornwall, and returned home again in 2012 after completing her degree in Drama and Film Studies at the University of Sussex in Brighton.
While studying, Zoe worked part time at Tesco initially as a Checkout Assistant, and was promoted to Customer Services Assistant. Here she gained solid customer service and problem solving skills, and an understanding of the importance of being a friendly, professional and flexible team member.
Since graduating, Zoe attended an employability skills course with Unlocking Cornish Potential which led her to become a Gateway Graduate; as part of Unlocking Cornish Potential’s Gateway Graduate Work Experience Programme. This consisted of two 60 hour projects in which she fulfilled marketing, communications and branding based roles. Through the programme she engaged with a variety of different businesses, and developed a keen interest in marketing, events and use of social media for business purposes.
Zoe loves being close to the beach, and is an aspiring surfer! She enjoys going to the theatre and cinema with family and friends, particularly seeing musical productions in London’s West End when she can.
Bonnie first joined Pool Innovation Centre in June 2010 shortly after it opened and then rejoined the team in June 2012 as the Project Administrator.
She moved to Cornwall from Surrey when she was 12 and has spent most of her career working in retail and administrative roles within a variety of organisations ranging from Network Rail to local charities.
Bonnie decided to return to education in her late twenties and graduated from Plymouth University in 2009 with a 1st class honours degree in Combined Social Sciences. She then embarked on a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education which enabled her to work with unemployed adults in the local area to help them achieve qualifications in Literacy and Numeracy.
This experience, along with the support she provided to her husband while he ran his business means that Bonnie is passionate about supporting local businesses and the regeneration of the CPR area.
Working as a Conference & Events specialist within Cornwall Innovation, Joanna coordinates the three Innovation Centres conferencing and events facilities. Providing effective organisational and administrative support for a wide range of events including conferences and workshops.
Within this role Joanna supports the start-up and existing business within the centres for all their conferencing needs, from providing the space and resources for their meetings/workshops or conferences to advising on planning for an event and also provides a bespoke delegate management service should it be required.
Joanna provides the link between Cornwall Innovation and Plymouth University, being part of the wider events team based on the Plymouth campus thus strengthening the partnership between Cornwall and Devon. Joanna coordinates all relevant Cornwall Innovation Events, such as Royal Cornwall, Proms in the Park – RAF ST Mawgan, Cornwall Business Show. Joanna also provides editorial articles for companies such as Business Cornwall.Back to the team
Richard left school at 16 years old to undertake a 4 year commercial apprenticeship at a leading stainless steel company based in the West Midlands. He stayed in this industry for 15 years holding a number of Senior Manager positions before changing industries completely and moving to France to manage French Life Holidays, a respected Tour Operator with over 1000 units of accommodation in Brittany and Normandy. The company grew and was eventually sold to Canvas Holidays and Richard returned to England in 2004 and took the position of Skills Broker Manager for Business Link based in Plymouth.
After 3 successful years at Business Link, Richard took up the position of Head of Sales and Marketing at Langage Farm Dairy Products in Plymouth taking them from a £3million turnover company to £5million in less than 3 years thanks to the award of national contracts with Tesco, Morrison's, Waitrose and Somerfield.
Richard was appointed as Manager of the Pool Innovation Centre in December 2010. He is responsible for the day to day running of the centre.
In his spare time Richard enjoys watching rugby and cricket and is a frustrated ex player! Also enjoys a round of golf when he can find the time and plays off 22. Richard enjoys holidaying in France, eating out and drinking good wine, particularly a New Zealand Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc!Back to the team
Bernard was born and educated in Plymouth with strong family ties to Cornwall. He has started and successfully developed two businesses in Cornwall and Devon, exiting the last in 2001. He then engaged in Business consultancy and support as a mechanism of assisting others through the difficult journey of starting and running their own businesses.
Bernard has worked with the Business Link organisation in Devon and Cornwall developing programmes aimed at increasing business start-up success rates and minimising the impact of large employer closures with the community and supply chain. In particular he was engaged in supporting the staff of Compair Holman during the Camborne factories closure, developing four new business ventures and assisting over 46 supply chain enterprises to minimise the impact of the closure.
Bernard has most recently worked within the University of Plymouth looking at areas where the commercial experience he has gained can add value. These areas include the licensing of 'new knowledge' from research to business, engaging business in the exploitation of University research outcomes, identifying and managing intellectual property, engaging the academic community in commercial problem solving and enhancing the 'knowledge economy' by creating opportunities for true knowledge transfer. Most recently developing the business plans to deliver, on behalf of Cornwall Council, the Innovation Centres in Cornwall.
Bernard has a Masters level 7 certificate in Business Strategy achieved in 2007 and regularly delivers enterprise learning modules to graduate and postgraduate level students.
Bernard competes in motor sport, at a high level, achieving significant success in a variety of self-built and developed vehicles. Bernard enjoys golf despite not being very good and enjoys relaxing with friends and family.Back to the team
Having joined the Pool Innovation Centre the week after the building was handed over by the contractors, Leisha has been involved in the growth and development of Cornwall Innovation from the start.
Five years as owner/manager of a privately owned dental practice operating within the NHS and considerable experience providing support at board level to major blue chip companies gives Leisha a sound basis to provide support to clients of the Innovation Centre.
Through her work at PIC and as a consequence of running her own businesses she has a good understanding of the services and support available to growing SMEs and works closely with the individuals and organisations involved in providing this support locally.
Leisha is passionate about assisting the SME business community to develop and grow through offering support both to clients and new enquiries to the centres and through the conferencing facilities. She has been responsible for supporting businesses and entrepreneurs from initial enquiry thorough to tenancy and growth.
In her current role Leisha works closely with the management teams of each centre to facilitate uniformity of the administration function and ensure that all stakeholder audit and compliance requirements are met.
Leisha has two teenage sons who keep her on her toes and is a keen tennis player; she has been known to continue playing even after it has started to snow!
The Cornwall Innovation team welcome enquiries from local businesses wishing to accelerate the growth of their enterprise, discuss the opportunity to tenant, engage through affiliate membership or engage with the centres meeting and conference facilities.
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