Business doubles in size thanks to support from Pool Innovation Centre
A Cornish business has more than doubled in size since moving to be based at a Cornwall Innovation centre.
Bluesky Business Support Ltd has grown from three members of staff to eight after launching at Pool Innovation Centre and since established a strong client base in London and Cornwall, as well as taking on projects for neighbouring clients at the award-winning business incubation centre operated by Plymouth University.
Not only does Pool Innovation Centre (PIC) offer a professional base for the company but the centre also provides a range of focused, quality support. Bluesky staff were able to learn about everything from leadership to marketing through targeted workshops, and the team has expanded substantially since, even employing an apprentice after taking part in a recent pupil workshop.
Beckie Pascoe, co-director at Bluesky alongside Emma Mills and Kate Whitaker, said: “Being based at Pool Innovation Centre has given us a fantastic networking opportunity, and we wouldn’t be where we are today without the help and support of the PIC team. The centre is a real champion for businesses like ours.
“We have six clients based here at Pool and more at the two other Cornwall Innovation Centres, who we have started working for as a result of moving into PIC.”
Bluesky offers services from bookkeeping to project management and administration. The company began after Beckie, Emma and Kate decided to bring together their industry backgrounds and launch an enterprise together.
The trio established themselves at the Innovation Centre after Beckie began offering freelance business support to a client there. She was soon joined by Emma and Kate, taking over an office when the previous tenant moved on. Launching the merged company in April 2014, Bluesky then grew so much that the team had to move to a larger office on site.
Clients include clothing manufacturers, nutritionists and luxury holiday accommodation providers, and say Bluesky support has been crucial to the growth of their own businesses. And boosting the fortunes of others has seen the Bluesky team grow to eight members of staff, with more set to join in the near future.
“Since January we have taken on 12 new clients and also employed two new members of staff to help with the extra work load,” said Beckie.
“I don’t think it will be long until we have to look again at bringing in more staff as we continue to expand.
“We know all of our clients personally and take a keen interest in their business. We like to think we are part of their company, not just outsourced support.”
Pool Innovation Centre is one of three business incubation facilities set up to support growing businesses in the county, with centres also located at Tremough near Penryn and at Treliske in Truro.
The three are operated by Plymouth University on behalf of Cornwall Council and with the support of GAIN, the Growth, Acceleration and Investment Network which aims to boost business growth and job creation in the South West, supported with £29million of investment provided by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
Richard Scutt, manager of Pool Innovation Centre, said: “We are passionate about supporting entrepreneurs to start and grow their companies and it is always very rewarding to know that another business based here is thriving and growing.
“Bluesky is a real success story and it is fantastic they are taking on more staff and clients – including many that they have met at networking events and workshops held here at Pool Innovation Centre.”
Companies based at the Innovation Centres have enjoyed record annual growth of up to 40 per cent in one year thanks to the targeted support provided by Plymouth University staff working on the Cornwall Innovation programme.
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Cornwall Innovation Centres
The pioneering Innovation Centres are operated by PlymouthUniversity on behalf of Cornwall Council, who opened the centres with support from Cornwall Development Company (CDC) and significant investment provided by the ERDF (European Regional Development Fund) Convergence Programme.
About ERDF Convergence
The Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Convergence European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013 is managed by the Department for Communities and Local Government. It is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs.
Monday 8 June 2015