Hayle pop-up open for business

Jo Hancock, ATI2 programme manager; Steve Benney, mayor; Claire Sheppard, estate manager at The Foundry; Matt Harrington, Cornwall Innovation Centres manager; Paul Rogers, ATI2 pop-up centre coordinator; Mike Robertson, ATI2 business innovation advisor. Photo by Toby Weller

The Hayle Pop-up Innovation Centre has officially opened to the business community at the Plantation Store.

The Pop-Up Innovation Centre offers hot desks, printing facilities and can be used for occasional client meetings or to make collaborative connections with other users. Businesses are also able to make an appointment to speak to an IKE-accredited business innovation advisor, who are able to offer business advice and guidance on a variety of areas of innovation.

Funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Cornwall Council, the Pop-up Innovation Centre forms part of the business outreach services offered by Acceleration Through Innovation 2 (ATI2), a £3.4 million business support programme led by the University of Plymouth.

ATI2 programme manager Jo Hancock said: “The Pop-up Innovation Centre aims to support those business owners and entrepreneurs who are on their innovation journey, who are growing their businesses or have perhaps started a business during Covid.

“Starting a business is always challenging, even more so during a pandemic, and this is where ATI2’s onsite business innovation advisors can really make a difference. They’ve got an abundance of local knowledge, connections, support partners, specialist expertise and access to vital resources, both through the programme and the University of Plymouth, all of which can expedite business growth.”