A global IT business saw turnover grow by almost £1 million after being based at a Cornwall Innovation Centre.

Microcomms, which supports businesses to fine-tune their use of technology, moved to Pool Innovation Centre (PIC) three years ago. Since then, annual turnover has risen by just short of £1 million and the team has grown from ten to 22 members of staff.

The company has now moved on to a larger permanent base to enable it to expand even further.

PIC is one of three innovation centres in Cornwall, operated by Plymouth University on behalf of Cornwall Council, which support companies to grow their businesses more quickly.

Microcomms MD, Simon Murley, said: “Cornwall Innovation offers an exciting and unique opportunity for local businesses and it was something we knew we wanted to be a part of.

“We initially hired meeting space at Pool Innovation Centre but over time as we expanded, it became a perfect fit for us to be based there. The centre has a great infrastructure with a brilliant team on site, which really allowed us to keep pushing forward and help the business excel.”

Over the years, Microcomms has worked with the likes of Falmouth University, Healeys Cornish Cyder Farm, Fal Fish and Swallowcourt (Healthcare) and can even boast that it has brought the internet to the middle of a rainforest through its 16-year partnership with the Eden Project.

PIC manager, Richard Scutt, added: “Our focus at Cornwall Innovation is on supporting innovative businesses to grow and develop their full potential during their time with us, and it has been really rewarding to support Microcomms as it emerges as a formidable IT specialist.

“Now that this company is ready to move on, we wish the team all the best for the future, and will continue to support them as they grow even further.”