The three innovation centres in Cornwall have all been identified as exemplars of best practice by UK Business Incubation (UKBI).
UKBI is the independent voice of business incubation and accelerated growth, informing policy at local, national, European and international levels.
It runs the Inspire monitoring, development and accreditation process, which benchmarks business growth environments against national and international research.
Following a rigorous appraisal process, Pool Innovation Centre, Tremough Innovation Centre, the Health and Wellbeing Centre at Truro and Plymouth University’s Formation Zone have secured Inspire accreditation for the quality of their business incubation and support services.
Plymouth University’s Bernard Curren, director of Cornwall Innovation said: “UKBI assessed the centres and Formation Zones independently of one another and we are delighted that they have all achieved this accreditation.”
Recent annual surveys for Pool and Tremough Innovation Centres show they created 73 jobs last year with a similar number expected to be created over the next two years.
Pool Innovation Centre opened in 2010, Tremough in 2012 and the Health & Wellbeing Centre in January this year. Between them they are home to 89 businesses employing some 390 people.