Million-pound boost for IT experts during Cornwall Innovation residency

A global IT business saw turnover grow by almost £1million after being based at an award-winning 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 £1million and the team has grown from 10 to 22 members of staff. The company has now moved on to a larger permanent base to enable it to expand even further.

The Innovation Centre is one of three acclaimed business acceleration centres in Cornwall operated by Plymouth University on behalf of Cornwall Council, which support companies to grow their businesses more quickly.

Simon Murley, Managing Director of Microcomms, first joined the business on a work placement after leaving the forces. He then went on to become a partner and later took over the company.

Simon 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 the IT expert 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.

Providing a complete package from online connectivity to improving IT products and infrastructure, Microcomms offers a comprehensive service, aiming to save its clients time and money.

Simon added: “The core aim of the business is to offer organisations good value, through the adoption and integration of solid technology platforms that increase efficiency, the ability to communicate and the ever-increasing need to collaborate.”

Businesses based at the three Cornwall Innovation Centres stay for an average of three years and after enjoying substantial growth since moving to PIC in 2012, Microcomms relocated to larger, permanent premises at Wheal Jane Earth Science Park at Baldhu near Truro at the end of 2015.

Pool Innovation Centre, along with its sister enterprise hubs, the Health and Wellbeing Innovation Centre and Tremough Innovation Centre, are supported by £29million of investment provided by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

Richard Scutt, Manager of Pool Innovation Centre, said: “Microcomms has a truly global reach and has made a successful name for itself by streamlining the IT services of countless business, both here in Cornwall and farther afield.

“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.”

For more information contact:

Mary O’Leary

DCA Public Relations


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Notes to editors:

Cornwall Innovation Centres

The pioneering Innovation Centres are operated by Plymouth University on behalf of Cornwall Council, who opened the centres with 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.   

Friday 29 January 2016