Harborough Innovation Centre was founded on a supportive, family environment, from our on-site café to our regular networking events, sports clubs and after-work socials. All our companies make brilliant use of our vibrant community of innovators, whether that’s collaborating for a project or just meeting for a coffee and a chat. Many of our customers have built valuable relationships within the centre, finding new clients and support just around the corner.


Introducing our centre team.

Liza Menzies
Centre Manager
Liza was on-board with the Harborough Innovation Centre when it opened in 2011. What she did prior to that is considered a State Secret, and is a story that’s best left untold. At the inauguration of the HIC, Liza took the role of Assistant Centre Manager – a position that gave unrivalled insight into the workings of the region’s most distinguished business support enterprise. She is no wallflower, and is widely credited with being the driving force that rapidly filled the Centre with enthusiastic businesses right from the outset. She considers the HIC her baby. Despite that family bond, Liza’s indefatigable curiosity led her to explore new pastures. She left the HIC at the end of 2014. It was, in her own words: “one of her poorest life decisions.” However, thanks to an unexpected turn of events, she was able to seize the opportunity to return in April 2017. She is now the HIC Centre Manager and is happily reunited with her extended family. When she’s not implementing new HIC client support efficiencies, streamlining business processes or visiting other Centres in the Oxin portfolio, Liza loves to socialise with friends, enjoys music and dancing, is a gifted gardener, and is completely obsessed with her pet dog Lola.
Kate Jackson
Business Coach
Kate has been a successful private business coach for the past 18 months, with a great track record in helping businesses fulfil their potential. Kate will spend one day a week using her expertise to help companies around the Harborough district. Any company that pays business rates to Harborough District Council can take advantage of Kate’s expertise. Kate has also experienced running a contract catering company which she sold before moving into business coaching.
Stuart Hartley
Innovation Director
Stuart is an innovation growth expert with expertise in business development activity within SMEs. His experience stems from supporting over 1500 businesses whilst at De Montfort University and a further 5 years of running his own businesses.  He specialises in helping to develop and implement innovation practices within businesses through strategy, marketing and business model innovation.  Stuart has hands-on experience in running a business, he is a SFEDI qualified business advisor and was previously nominated for an enterprise educator award.
Emma Thompson
Assistant Centre Manager
Emma joined Harborough Innovation Centre in Jan 2015. She was self-employed for four years and has run three different types of business models. This has given her valuable knowledge and understanding business start-up needs and the challenges they face
Keri Glass
Centre Support Assistant
Keri has been with the Market Harborough team from when it opened. Although it is a small team based in Harborough, the all for one and one for all attitude of her colleagues is what Keri really enjoys about her job. Taking care of people and making them feel welcome whether they are visiting or residing are key objectives for Keri.
Caroline Haracz
Centre Support Assistant
Caroline joined the Market Harborough, Oxford Innovation team at the beginning of November 2015. Caroline has previously worked in a variety of roles within the Health/Social Care, Retail, Recruitment and Banking sectors. Throughout her career, she always enjoyed the customer facing roles best.

Work among our many inspiring companies at the forefront of business.


AssetTagz is The Smart Asset Management Solution, serving construction, heavy industry and emergency services and is a proven and effective asset management solution using proprietary software installed on a rugged mobile device, identifying assets using RFID or barcodes, all managed through a secure cloud database.

From procurement through to disposal, AssetTagz manages the entire lifecycle of the asset.


The BDMA is the certifying body for property recovery & restoration professionals.  We deliver training & hold examinations leading to professional qualifications. We also work in partnership with the insurance industry and others to raise standards and collaborate with key bodies, such as the Environment Agency, and government departments.

CAP Awards

The CAP Award (Continuous Advancement Programme) promotes and rewards excellence in your Catering and Housekeeping (Cleaning) services. The programme quite simply steers the development of catering and housekeeping service for the betterment of the service users in Education and Healthcare.

The CAP Award is based around an annual assessment visit with all aspects of the particular service being examined. There is an exacting focus on experiencing the actual service received by the actual user groups at the site coupled with the compliance to legal and regulatory guidelines plus industry ‘best practices’.


We are a team of creative thinking developers and marketing specialists who love technology. Having over 40 years’ promotional marketing experience and massive amounts of technical knowledge we can help you out on any digital requirements you may have.

Common Sense Counselling

Common Sense Counselling is an established practice for adult, adolescent and child psychotherapy and counselling, and hypnotherapy for adults. They are trained in many styles of mental health therapy, which they assess to best suit the individual’s needs. Common Sense Counselling offer a safe environment for a platform of positive change.


Eightyone is a brand design and techology consultancy specialising in premium branding, storytelling, interactive website design and e-commerce. The studio was founded in 2011 by award-winning Creative Director Andrew Winter, following over 15 years working with some of the world’s leading digital advertising agencies and brands. We offer a free consultation to all new clients so please do not hesitate to get in touch to discuss your branding, design or digital project.

Elecosoft IconSystem

Elecosoft IconSystem® is a cloud-based Building Information Management system that is at the forefront of innovation in the construction industry.

7 of the UK’s top 10 retailers use the IconSystem® to save time, resource and money. Using the system to manage every digital asset in the full building construction lifecycle, in one secure place. The system is designed to work alone, and in tandem with Elecosoft’s range of digital solutions.

Electro-Mechanical Information Resource

Solutions in IT are the authors of a software package called EMIR. It has been in existence for 22 years and is used by service and repair companies that sell, build and maintain electro-mechanical equipment such as pumps, motors, generators, drives and gearboxes.

Emerald Starfish

Emerald Starfish specialises and runs fixed fee recruitment projects for companies. We offer a range of outsourced recruitment services to clients which eliminates agency fees and provides a much higher level of service and support. We are experts in recruitment practice and work with our clients to assess and select the best candidates.

John F Hunt Remediation

John F Hunt Remediation are a specialist remediation contractor – providing technology driven solutions to the environmental, contaminated land, construction and utility sectors. As part of the wider John F Hunt Group of companies, our annual turnover is circa £80M. Our new office in the Harborough Innovation Centre will serve our growing client base within the Midlands and North of the UK.

To begin with, our Regional Director Dr Sam Hall will utilise the office facilities, although it is expected that this number will grow during the first half of 2018. Sam is a keen cyclist and has also recently taken up running – he is particularly pleased that the offices have facilities to cater for commuting by bike or for those lunchtime runs! Fuelled by the flapjacks available in the café.


Founded in 1893, Kesslers has a 130,000sq.ft. bespoke manufacturing facility in vibrant East London. Key to their success is having a centralised design, engineering, prototyping, sourcing, manufacturing, assembly, warehousing and customer management teams all together on one site, working collaboratively for the benefit of customers.

Their award-winning team of creative designers take your brand objectives and project brief and inject their passion for retail into creating a fully rendered proposal.

Kesslers design and develop using Design Engineers, Sample Shop Engineers, programmers and Pre-Production Technicians to transform creative concepts into manufactured, retail solutions.


MAY is an up-and-coming marketing agency that offers bespoke marketing advice, strategy and services, with bright campaigns backed by big thinking. The experienced MAY team can help with creative and design, websites, research, social media, campaign management and more.

Mayfield & Co

We are an experienced firm of Chartered Accountants with offices in Market Harborough and Leicester. We have developed an enviable reputation for the quality of our service and advice and for the proactive manner in which we approach the complexities that arise in our clients businesses and personal tax affairs.


Pavilion is a LTD company that was set up 13 years ago by Rob Green, We sell artisans breads, coffee, pastries and amazing vegetarian dishes throughout East London. We have a large Cafe on Victoria park. Produce is available throughout Borough Market and Columbia Road, all baked by our very talented Bakers in our separate Bakery.

We have just opened in Newquay ready for a busy summer in the sun…hopefully!

Plug Agency

Plug Agency are a creative design agency based in Market Harborough, Leicestershire. We’re passionate about thought-provoking creative design, engaging audiences with your brands and products; that’s what it’s all about for us. We offer creative design solutions for marketing campaigns, as well as branding, web development, mobile app design and development, video production, photography, advertising, marketing and print design.

It all starts with understanding your business, your audiences, your products and understanding where you are and where your business wants to be. We have clients from differing sectors, both in B2C and B2B markets. Working closely with clients, we deliver a print or digital campaign to increase sales, raise brand awareness or develop specific campaigns.

Potter​ ​Learoyd​ ​Commercial

PLC​ ​is​ ​a​ ​specialist​ ​property​ ​practice​ ​providing​ ​experienced,​ ​professional​ ​real​ ​estate​ ​advice​ ​to​ ​owners​ ​and occupiers​ ​of​ ​commercial​ ​property​ ​and​ ​land​ ​and​ ​have​ ​been​ ​involved​ ​in​ ​a​ ​large​ ​number​ ​of​ ​transactions​ ​in Market​ ​Harborough,​ ​the​ ​surrounding​ ​towns​ ​and​ ​across​ ​the​ ​East​ ​Midlands. We​ ​launched​ ​in​ ​2012​ ​with​ ​Richard​

Potter​ ​and​ ​Marcus​ ​Learoyd​ ​having​ ​each​ ​spent​ ​20​ ​years​ ​working​ ​in senior​ ​positions​ ​for​ ​large​ ​companies.

We​ ​advise​ ​our​ ​clients​ ​in​ ​the​ ​following​ ​areas:

  • Commercial​ ​property​ ​investment​ ​and​ ​funding
  • Lettings,​ ​sales​ ​and​ ​acquisition​ ​of​ ​property
  • Rent​ ​reviews,​ ​lease​ ​renewals​ ​and​ ​rating​ ​appeals
  • Property​ ​development,​ ​appraisal​ ​and​ ​strategic​ ​land​ ​promotion
  • Direct​ ​investment​ ​in​ ​commercial​ ​property

Pyrology provides a wide range of fire safety and risk management services to both established buildings and new build projects. We analyse, quantify and advise on physical risks within the built environment and communicate with our client in a pragmatic and understandable way, whether they are a designer, enforcer, insurer, owner or occupier.

Rosso Agency

Rosso Agency is a Marketing and Creative Agency specialising in communicating your brand. We offer a range of services including Consultancy, Content Writing, Photography, Videography, Creative Design, Print and Social Media Management.

Our services have been developed by working with top flight motorsport and high-performance companies. Based in Market Harborough, Leicestershire. We can offer bespoke one-off solutions or ongoing support.

RHG Consult

RHG Consult Ltd design, develop and deliver training in areas such as; leadership and management, project management, customer service, health and safety, train the trainer, mindfulness and managing stress, enterprise and entrepreneurship.

We offer bespoke, accredited and apprenticeship training and pride ourselves in supporting organisations to achieve their full potential through management and staff development.

Our clients include Market Harborough District Council, Lincolnshire County Council, The MoD, VASL, QinetiQ, Tideways, Bowmer and Kirkland, BAE systems, Pelican Healthcare, Selfridges and London Busways.

Sporting Edge

Sporting Edge is a high-performance consultancy that fast tracks business success using the winning mindset from sport. Our unique research into the psychology of success has taken us Inside the Mind of Champions® – we have interviewed some of the world’s greatest athletes and coaches as well as thought leaders in neuroscience, the military and the performing arts to understand the habits and strategies that have underpinned their success.

Our services translate this exclusive research into practical tools and techniques across three specialist areas; mindset, leadership and teams. Our core services include inspiring events, digital content and high performance programmes.

Swordfish Marketing

Swordfish drives client growth. We blend in-house copywriting, design and strategic thinking to increase market awareness that generates sales. Broad marketing experience and specialist technology expertise benefit local businesses and corporate clients alike. All profit from fresh, creative content delivered across a powerful mix of digital and conventional media channels.

Thames Laboratories

Thames Laboratories have 25 years experience as a leading accredited asbestos consultancy, delivering asbestos services to clients nationally from office locations in London, Cambridgeshire and Leicestershire. Services include asbestos surveys, air monitoring, in-house sample analysis, project management and consultancy to assist clients in all aspects of asbestos management.

The Fabulous Group

Outsourced financial management, accountancy services and marketing support for consumer businesses.
We empower you to be in business for yourself, not by yourself.

Fabulous Financial offer outsourced financial management, accounting and business advisory services providing all the functionality, approach and support of a ‘head office’ to SME consumer businesses.

Fabulous Marketing work as an extension of your team, collaborating to create, implement and measure a range of marketing initiatives to deliver your business strategy. Specialists in digital marketing, copy writing and content marketing, we will help your business to develop a voice and be to found on line or via traditional marketing routes.

Valour Consultancy

Valour Consultancy is a UK-based provider of market intelligence services. Founded in 2012, the company has grown rapidly and is renowned for the extremely high-quality of its research and consultancy. Having firmly established itself in the aviation space, where many of the leading players rely on its expert insight and analysis, Valour Consultancy has successfully expanded into a number of other markets including, maritime, industrial, drones and body-worn cameras.

The company’s aim is to deliver solutions that deliver real value and it continues to operate with the three core values it was founded on – Honesty, Trust and Time. As a result, Valour Consultancy continues to build long-lasting relationships. Have a look at our testimonials page to discover what our clients have to say about working with us.

What we offer:

  • Syndicated research reports
  • Custom research and consulting
  • Whitepapers
  • Survey design and analysis
  • Databases and tracker products
  • Public speaking, panel discussions and webinars
VIP Leisure Travel

VIP Leisure Travel provides companies with innovative travel related prizes, events and VIP trips which they use to engage, motivate, incentivise and reward their best customers or staff.

We work with a range of clients offering trips to destinations worldwide (including in the UK) and will come up with brand appropriate ideas to suit your budget!

Connect and share with the greatest innovators in your area.

Leilah Woods
Director at Purple Marketing
Roger Davenport
Director at Purple Marketing
Lisa Gardner
Director at Purple Marketing
Edward Snape
Director at Purple Marketing
Daniel Aldridge
Director at Purple Marketing
Susan Bradgate
Director at Purple Marketing
Steve Mayer
Director at Purple Marketing
Mark Fielding
Director at Purple Marketing

An invite to innovate

Recommend our office space and virtual offices to someone you know to receive up to £200 in vouchers.

When you invite someone to join the Harborough Innovation Centre community, or any of the centres managed by Oxford Innovation, and they sign

up for a virtual office, you'll get £50 worth of vouchers. If they sign up for office or lab space, you will get £200 worth.*


Case studies

How Two Birds flew the nest after a successful start at Harborough Innovation Centre.

What happens when you mix a knack for engineering with a love of all things gin?

The Ink Group

How start-up innovators The Ink Group found the perfect launchpad at HIC.

Elite Scooters

How a young entrepreneur went from a bedroom-run business to a £million empire