Cornwall Innovation | Generating Business in Cornwall

  • Cornwall Innovation

    A place to inspire dynamic people to grow and build innovative enterprises leading to business success

    Cornwall Innovation accreditations

    Cornwall Innovation comprises Cornwall's newest, and most vibrant, business acceleration facilities: the Pool Innovation Centre, Tremough Innovation Centre and the Health & Wellbeing Innovation Centre based at Treliske in Truro.

  • Pool Innovation Centre

    A place to inspire dynamic people to grow and build innovative enterprises leading to business success

    Cornwall Innovation accreditations

    The Pool Innovation Centre is a business acceleration facility that welcomes start-up and existing high-growth businesses from a range of sectors. We provide office facilities and access to business support plus meeting and conference space to help expand your business.

  • Tremough Innovation Centre

    A place to inspire dynamic people to grow and build innovative enterprises leading to business success

    Cornwall Innovation accreditations

    The Tremough Innovation Centre is a business acceleration facility that welcomes businesses from the technology, creative media and environmental science sectors - amongst others.

  • Health & Wellbeing Innovation Centre

    A place to inspire dynamic people to grow and build innovative enterprises leading to business success

    Cornwall Innovation accreditations

    Based in Truro, the Health & Wellbeing Innovation Centre is a business acceleration facility that welcomes knowledge based business primarily within sectors that support health and/or wellbeing.

Our Innovation Centres are focused on supporting all growth, knowledge and innovation-led businesses and in particular those from the technology, creative media, environmental and health and wellbeing sectors. Help and 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 was initially supported by the European Regional Development Fund Convergence Programme.

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Innovation Centres

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 is a business acceleration facility that welcomes start-up and existing high-growth businesses from a range of sectors:

    • Dynamic office facilities
    • Tailored access to business support
    • Modern meeting & conference facilities
    • Private investment opportunities
    • Informal networking areas
    • Fabulous connectivity and technology
    • A collaborative business community
    • Access to Academia and Research

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  • Tremough Innovation Centre ™

    The Tremough Innovation Centre is a business acceleration facility that welcomes businesses from the technology, creative media and environmental science sectors - amongst others.

    • Dynamic office facilities
    • Tailored access to business support
    • Modern meeting & conference facilities
    • Private investment opportunities
    • Informal networking areas
    • Fabulous connectivity and technology
    • A collaborative business community
    • Access to Academia and Research

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  • Health & Wellbeing Innovation Centre ™

    Based in Truro, the Health & Wellbeing Innovation Centre is a business acceleration facility that welcomes knowledge based business primarily within sectors that support health and/or wellbeing.

    • Dynamic office facilities
    • Tailored access to business support
    • Modern meeting & conference facilities
    • Private investment opportunities
    • Informal networking areas
    • Fabulous connectivity and technology
    • A collaborative business community
    • Access to Academia and Research

    Tell me more

What we do

Cornwall Innovation is Cornwall's newest business acceleration community that comprises of the Pool Innovation Centre, Tremough Innovation Centre and the Health and Wellbeing Innovation Centre.

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Meet the team

Cornwall Innovation consists of the Pool, Tremough and Health & Wellbeing Innovation Centres. The Centres are overseen by a leadership team consisting of the Centres Manager assisted by our Operations Manager, Business Development Manager and Facilities Manager.
Each Centre is run, on a day to day basis, by the Centre Administrator, the Events Assistant and the Administration Assistant.

  • Tracy Hladkij

    Centre Administrator

    Tremough Innovation Centre

    Tracy joined the team in April 2017 firstly as the centre administrator at the Health and Wellbeing Innovation Centre at Truro.  In July 2017 she moved over to the Tremough Innovation Centre as the centre administrator.

    Tracy was born and grew up in Cornwall.  Her working background and qualifications has centred on finance and management within local government in Cornwall.    Her love has always been events and charity work of which she gained her qualification in events with Plymouth University.

    In her spare time she enjoys time with family, travel and putting her love of animals to good use fundraising for local animal charities.

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  • Maria Gounaridou

    Administrative Assistant

    Tremough Innovation Centre

    A highly motivated and driven Business Studies Graduate from University of Plymouth. Mainly focused on Marketing Management and Client satisfaction. 

    An excellent communicator with an emphasis on creating an environment of positive and forward thinking ideas driven by business needs, sales targets and innovative marketing solutions

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  • Keiley Nokes

    Events Assistant

    Health & Wellbeing Innovation Centre

    Born and bred in Tamworth, Staffs., Keiley moved to Cornwall in September 2013 to enjoy pasties & coastal walks. She joined the Cornwall Innovation team in July 2017 in the role of Centre Events Assistant for the Health and Wellbeing Centre. 

    Keiley has had a complete change in career. Originally an Activity Instructor/Group Leader for PGL - after moving down to Cornwall, Keiley gained experience in the catering sector as a Barista and Baker.

    After these roles, Keiley took the time to think about her next career move and found herself with a real enthusiasm for the events sector. This lead her to this position which she is enjoying immensely.

    Keiley keeps herself busy in her spare time. She enjoys seeing friends to drink tea (not alcohol!) and long walks on the beach (with her boyfriend and Nelson the dog). Keiley also loves shopping for bargains in charity shops, car boots and vintage fairs, renovating old furniture and sewing (anything from upholstery to clothes).

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  • Sarah Roy

    Centre Administrator

    Health & Wellbeing Innovation Centre

    Originally from SW London, Sarah’s love of Cornwall began when she attended Falmouth University to study Broadcasting.

    After her degree, Sarah worked in the event and property industries in London followed by a period travelling around Asia.

    Being a true country girl at heart and the call of the ocean, combined with the expense of London living, proved strong and she moved back to Cornwall in December 2016

    Since moving down, Sarah has become a keen paddle boarder along with her other interests of coastal walking, cliff jumping, festivals, local gigs and travelling.

    Sarah appreciates the efforts that Cornwall is going to to support start-ups/small businesses and drive business. She joined HWIC as she wanted to be a part of these businesses journeys and witness their growth first hand.

    Sarah is a clean freak and, if it’s in the office and not tied/stapled down, she will bin it.

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  • Sharna Devine-Forbes

    Operations Manager

    Cornwall Innovation

    Sharna can’t remember the last time she dreamt of anything other than work, spreadsheets and the new Innovation Centres’ shared drive!! 

    Sharna’s remit is pretty broad, managing the day to day operational delivery and continuous development of the services delivered through the Cornish Innovation Centres. Sharna has a to do list as long as her arm but enjoys every minute of it as she likes lists – a lot.

    She drinks wine on good days and mead or port on all others. She enjoys eating ALL foods, just not cooking them, in fact she’d go as far as to say she’s allergic to kitchens. She aspires to be a sporty/exercise addict but is building up to it slowly by watching keep fit DVDs from her comfy sofa… wine in hand. In her spare time, (ha-ha, what spare time?), she has energetic kids and so plays the doting swim coach/rugby mom type!

    Away from the office, Sharna loves spending time with her family, is currently busy renovating her house and likes to support the local economy by paying local gym memberships but not attending.

    Loving life!

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  • Mark Lawther

    Business Development Manager

    Cornwall Innovation

    Mark joined the Cornwall Innovation Centres as Business Development Manager in the spring of 2017. Originally from North London, Mark moved to Cornwall with his family in 2012 following stints in Eastern Europe and Guildford. 

    With a background in the travel industry, he brings extensive National and Multi-National Sales and Account Management experience having worked on the sales teams of major international airlines – Mark’s former customers include American Express, McDonald’s, Ernst and Young and Johnson and Johnson.

    Mark is responsible for bringing new clients into the centres, maintaining a strong product offering to ensure we remain focussed on business incubation and overseeing the meetings/events part of the business.

    A plane fanatic who is ‘at his happiest with a Jack Daniel’s at 38,000 feet’, Mark loves the various excellent real ales that Cornwall produces, is partial to wine (primarily New World), other whiskies and can usually be found at the side of a rugby pitch with his sons at weekends. He realises he needs to make better use of his Golf Club membership.

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  • Matt Harrington

    Centres Manager

    Cornwall Innovation

    Matt has maintained strong links with Cornwall for the past 20 years before moving here permanently in 2015 to take up a commercialisation role with Cornwall Council prior to being appointed by University of Plymouth to manage their three Innovation Centres in Cornwall.

    Matt qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1991 and has over 25 years’ experience in the Commercial property industry working in senior sales and management board roles primarily in the managed office space and Innovation Centre arena.

    Matt has extensive experience in managing both the financial and contract performance of numerous private and public sector owned Innovation Centres up and down the country. This combination of property and business expertise has provided a valuable insight into how collaborative and supportive environments can accelerate the growth of SMEs and start up enterprises. Matt is passionate about creating commercially sustainable Innovation Centres that provide consistent quality business support and contribute to the long term economic value of a region.

    Matt was appointed to his current role as Cornwall Innovation Centres Manager in May 2017 and is primarily responsible for ensuring that each of the Innovation Centres achieve both their financial and contract outputs whilst managing and developing the Centre teams.

    Matt enjoys travelling as well as exploring the nooks and crannies of the wonderful Cornwall coastline by walking sections of the South West Coast path in his spare time.

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  • Lorna Sutton

    Administrative Assistant

    Pool Innovation Centre

    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.

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  • Carla Hickmott

    Events Assistant

    Pool Innovation Centre

    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.

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  • Elaine Dyer

    Administrative Assistant

    Health & Wellbeing Innovation Centre

    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.

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  • Bonnie Wright

    Centre Administrator

    Pool Innovation Centre

    Bonnie first joined Pool Innovation Centre in June 2010 shortly after it opened and then re-joined the team in June 2012 as the Project Administrator.

    She moved to Cornwall from Surrey when she was 12 and has worked 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.

    Bonnie is a big fan of horror movies, coffee and foreign holidays.

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  • Bernard Curren

    Director

    Cornwall Innovation

    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.

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