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Triple win for Cornwall Innovation businesses at awards

Cornwall Innovation which helps businesses in the county to innovate and grow is celebrating after three clients won top awards at the Cornwall Business Awards – and three others were shortlisted as finalists.

The Cornwall Innovation programme is operated by Plymouth University on behalf of Cornwall Council, with three award-winning business acceleration centres based in Pool, Penryn and Truro.


The centres are currently home to 137 companies, and the Cornwall Innovation team has helped support the creation of 369 new jobs in the last six years by providing targeted, tangible support to the client businesses based in the custom-designed facilities.


Six Cornwall Innovation client businesses were recognised for their impressive achievements at this year’s Cornish Business Awards, organised by the Cornwall Development Company to highlight Cornish business talent.


The Cornwall Innovation-based winners included:


  • Social media guru Katherine George, from Oh So Social based at Tremough Innovation Centre, who won Young Business Person of the Year
  • Active Plus, a pioneering social enterprise based at the Health and Wellbeing Innovation Centre in Truro helping ex-service veterans to use their skills by working in the community, which won Best Third Sector Business
  • Ultramed, also based at HWIC, won the Business Innovation of the Year award for its visionary new technology MyPreOp, which enables hospital patients to complete pre-op checks online via a smartphone


Also shortlisted as finalists were:


  • Headforwards, a dynamic software company based at Pool Innovation Centre (PIC), nominated for the Employer of the Year award
  • PFA Research, a leading market research agency based at TIC, nominated for Most Creative Use of Design
  • ABG Design, an independent strategic design studio based at HWIC, nominated for Most Creative Use of Design


Bernard Curren, Plymouth University’s Innovation Lead and Director of Cornwall Innovation, said: 

“We know from the results of independent surveys assessing our performance that the three Cornwall Innovation Centres are bringing truly tangible benefits to businesses with growth aspirations, and supporting these companies to grow and to innovate, creating new, sustainable jobs for Cornwall in the process.
“It is fantastic to see that growth and innovation recognised at a county-wide level with so many of our client businesses being shortlisted for – and winning – some of the most coveted awards at the Cornwall Business Awards 2016.”

The first Cornwall Innovation Centre opened in Pool in 2010, followed by TIC on the Tremough campus in Penryn in 2012 and HWIC on the Treliske site in Truro in 2013.


Together the three business acceleration centres have been ranked as amongst the best in the world by UK Business Incubation (UKBI), achieving INSPIRE accreditation.  They are also the first University to receive the NEF Innovation Institute award.


Each centre is a purpose-built incubation facility offering state-of-the-art office accommodation to a community of dynamic businesses, alongside targeted support through the Cornwall Innovation programme delivered by Plymouth University.


Companies stay at one of the three centres for an average of three years.

The Cornwall Innovation programme has been supported by £29million of investment provided by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) with the aim of boosting business growth and job creation in the region.

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