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Top speakers confirmed for Innovation Club

Three of the South West’s most innovative business leaders are being brought together to speak at a free event organised by GAIN with Plymouth University, Cornwall Chamber of Commerce and Cornwall Innovation.

Following the sell-out success of the first Innovation Club in December 2015, Paul Massey, Mike McMillan and Kim Conchie will tell Cornish businesses what innovation means to them at the second event taking place at Pool Innovation Centre on Thursday 25 February.


Innovation Club is a series of informal gatherings where businesses come together to share experience and ideas about fostering good ideas and turning them into reality. Created and run by GAIN with Plymouth University, Cornwall Chamber of Commerce and Cornwall Innovation, the free events aim to inspire local businesses to innovate.


Paul Massey, Director of Redruth-based world-leading technology firm Bluefruit Software, will give his insights on creating an innovative culture in a small business. Mike McMillan will discuss his experience of managing innovative ideas as CEO of NHS Innovations SW Ltd.  Chief Executive of Cornwall Chamber, Kim Conchie, will talk about innovation in his previous career in Brass Tacks Publishing, which he ran from 1986 to 2000.


Adrian Dawson, Head of GAIN Projects and Partnerships at Plymouth University said: 

“We launched Innovation Club because we think businesses of all shapes and sizes can achieve more by approaching things in a different way. We wanted to create a forum where businesses can share ideas and experiences and encourage one another to be more innovative.
“The first Innovation Club had a fantastic response and was a sell-out event that created a real buzz among the business community. Not only were the speakers very well received, but the businesses enjoyed meeting one another and making new contacts. We are delighted to have three inspiring speakers for the next event and look forward to welcoming more Cornish businesses.”

Toby Parkins of Cornwall Chamber of Commerce said: 

"Innovation Club is about great local business people sharing tips on how they have innovated to succeed. It's grass roots and real, and there's something refreshing about how we have wonderful stories of success within our business community."

Innovation Clubs are being hosted at the three Cornwall Innovation Centres, award-winning business acceleration centres in Cornwall operated by Plymouth University on behalf of Cornwall Council, and clubs will be held at the centres in Pool, Penryn and Truro.


Tickets for the event are free and businesses can obtain them here:

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