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.
The Pool Innovation Centre business acceleration facility welcomes start-up and existing businesses from a range of sectors to enjoy:
The Tremough Innovation Centre business acceleration facility welcomes businesses from the creative, media, eco and environmental science sectors to enjoy:
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.
Tremough Innovation Centre
Pool Innovation Centre
Conference & Event Specialist
Health & Wellbeing Innovation Centre
Audit and Compliance Specialist
Pool Innovation Centre
Pool Innovation Centre
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
Annie joined the Cornwall Innovation team in June 2011 in the role of administrator for Tremough Innovation Centre. Annie grew up in Cornwall, right by the beautiful seaside and three miles of golden sand. In 2009, she graduated from the University of Lincoln with a BA Honours degree in Advertising and Public Relations.
After graduating, Annie balanced her time between managing her family owned restaurant, where she really started to appreciate how to operate a small local business, and working full time as an administrator for Cornwall College.
In January 2010, she independently travelled across Asia and the South Pacific for 6 months, where she experienced some great adventures such as sky diving, bungy jumping, white and black water rafting, glacier hikes and scuba diving in the Great Barrier Reef.
Upon returning to England, she worked in a marketing agency where she dealt with various clients ranging from local start-up businesses to national and international corporations, assisting with client projects, event management and media planning.
Annie is a genuine shopaholic, a lover of sunshine and a self-confessed foodie. She believes that all problems can be easily resolved by great cups of tea and unlimited amounts of laughter!Back to the team
Lorraine Kavanagh joined the team in December 2011 as Clerical Assistant and is based on reception at Pool Innovation Centre. Growing up in the South East of England she moved to Cornwall in 1998 and caught the travel bug from the new friends she met while living in Newquay. After travelling around Asia and working in Australia and New Zealand for two years she returned to Cornwall.
Lorraine has a background in Administration and as a Personal Assistant working in both the private and public sector. She has supported Directors in the NHS gaining a wide knowledge base in Human Resources Policies and has been involved in the selection and recruitment, grievance and disciplinary procedures. Lorraine also has experience working in the Social Care, Chartered Accountancy and Marketing fields.
Lorraine has recently completed the NVQ Level 4 Diploma in Business and Administration and is also a keen craftsperson, who has recently turned her hand to silver jewellery making, taking evening courses at the local college to further her skills.Back to the team
Sarah grew up in Liskeard, South East Cornwall, enjoying easy access to beach life, the creativity associated with Truro and the west, and the shopping perks of Plymouth to hand. After studying Fine Art at Plymouth College of Art and Design and Kingston University, Sarah was keen to travel and experience different cultures. This led her to move to Greece in her early twenties and start working for a large Irish Travel company, the first step on the way to working in Spain, The Republic of Ireland, and Australia. Throughout this time she worked within 3 different businesses in leisure and tourism, and alongside various overseas NGO’s and Universities, which gave her insight into the challenges associated with not-for-profit organisations as well as businesses. With experience ranging from business development, marketing and budgeting through to policy, procedure and recruitment, Sarah feels lucky to have been able to have a broad range of experiences, and to have been able to meet many inspirational people along the way.
After 10 years working overseas Sarah returned to Cornwall in 2011, and happy to come home to some things staying the same, is also excited and inspired by the new businesses, support and innovation currently flourishing with the county. Her experience working abroad has given Sarah an insight into many aspects of business that have variations in different countries, such as associated law. This has also given her the opportunity to witness many times that drive, a willingness to cooperate, and a cup of coffee with a piece of cake can do wonders in business relationships, often overcoming perceived barriers such as language and distance. She strongly believes that people make a business.
In her spare time Sarah enjoys walking, kayaking and scuba diving. She is also trying her hand at growing veggies and hoping for a bumper crop. After years of booking dream holidays for her customers, she has a long list of holiday trips still to do too!
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.
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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