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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.

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Introducing our centre team.

Rachel Panther
Business Support Director
Having spent much of her early career either heading up the commercial functions of global Life Science corporates or running her own sales & marketing consultancy, in 2011 Rachel joined Oxford Innovation to provide strategic growth support to early stage businesses. Since then, Rachel has had the pleasure of working with hundreds of innovative and ambitious SMEs; helping them develop commercial strategies, exploit resources and drive business performance. As a divisional board member and business developer at Oxford Innovation she continues to ‘walk the talk’ and appreciates first-hand both the excitement and the challenge of high growth journeys.
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.
Geoff Freestone
Business Coach
Geoff is a Business Growth Specialist with expertise in improving the operational activity in SMEs. He has experience in advanced manufacturing supply chains and has specific experience of helping SMEs to become Tier 1 OEM suppliers. He specialises in helping to develop and implement business structures and processes that are both scalable and keep pace with profitable top line growth. He will also ensure the business has a defined financial model that can be properly supported by a well thought out strategy that will benefit all business stakeholders. Geoff has hands on experience in starting up businesses as well as operational experience of international businesses up to $500m.
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

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.

BDMA

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.

Codestring

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.

Datacharge

Datacharge provide phone and tablet charging solutions on flexible short or long term hire contracts, leasing and outright purchase. Contact us about our range of charging solutions to see what’s right for your business, or visit our websites www.charge-it.co.uk & www.datacharge.co.uk You can also visit our offices and charge your phone too!

Eightyone

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.

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.

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.

Intali

Intali are commercial property consultants specializing in the assembly, acquisition, planning, viability and sale of all forms of property development land and sites.  We also appraise, acquire and manage commercial investment property across the UK.

MAY

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.

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.

Pyrology

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.

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.

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.

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.*

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Case studies

An Interview with Elecosoft

A quick interview with Chris Lovelock, Managing Director of Elecosoft, about his time at Harborough IC. […]

An Interview with Intali

A quick interview with Adam Burdett, Sales Director at Intali, about his time at Harborough IC. […]

An Interview with Magical Maths

A quick interview with Colin Bradford, founder of Magical Maths, about his time at Harborough IC. […]