Centrally located in the District of Harborough, between the cities of Cambridge, Birmingham and Nottingham, and only a 1 hour train journey from London, Harborough Innovation Centre is a vibrant central hub for new and growing businesses.

The centre was founded with a vision to support innovative, early-stage companies in the East Midlands, and to create jobs for the high volume of talented individuals in the surrounding area.

From the moment you step into the building, the welcoming atmosphere of Harborough Innovation Centre can be felt all around, from our dedicated reception team to our on-site café serving freshly made meals and refreshments throughout the day.

Every business at the centre has their own dedicated workspace, as well as inclusive business support from our experienced Coaching Team.


In partnership with

Harborough Innovation Centre is the largest single development project undertaken by Harborough District Council and is managed and delivered by Oxford Innovation on their behalf. The 4.2m development was specifically designed to achieve a BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) ‘Excellent’ rating, reflecting its important sustainability credentials and part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (EDRF).


In partnership with


Harborough Innovation Centre is managed by Oxford Innovation, who are perfectly positioned to help grow and develop the customers within the centre. Founded by local entrepreneurs back in 1987, Oxford Innovation have continuously understood the SME market needs, and adapted to the changing business landscape and economy. As a result nearly 4,000 SMEs have engaged with Oxford Innovation to help develop, grow and sustain their business.

Oxford Innovation is now the leading and largest operator of Innovation Centres in the UK, managing 22 centres and supporting 1,000 SMEs in a variety of sectors. The huge network of centres and contacts enables supportive collaboration across the board both geographically and sector specific, which is key to the success of an innovation centre. Customers at Harborough take advantage of the internal network within the centre and externally across other centres to help build contacts and generate business to ensure survival.


At the heart of our centres

We move businesses forward by believing in

The people who work there

The success of their business

The connections they make

The largest operator of Innovation Centres in the UK, with 24 and growing, Oxford Innovation is also a leader of social and economic development. By providing infrastructure for developing companies, Oxford Innovation creates financial return for building owners while contributing to the economy in region. This offers the businesses that operate in each centre reassurance for longer-term security and a proven growth model to help them succeed.



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No matter how confident you are in your business plan, or where you are in your journey, every business can benefit from the support, advice and signposting from our excellently-skilled, on-site team. With so many innovators under one roof, you’re never on your own at Harborough Innovation Centre.

Liza Menzies
Centre Manager
Kate Jackson
Innovation Director
Caroline Haracz
Acting Assistant Centre Manager