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.

Tim Bradbury
Centre Manager
Tim has over 25 years experience working with major grocery and high street retailers, both in brands and own label. He has always enjoyed building, facilitating and maintaining long-term customer relationships at all levels which has led to major business wins.  As the centre's dedicated manager, Tim is committed to ensuring your business gets world class service in facility and support when you base your business out of the HIC.
Carly Rose
Operations Manager
Carly comes with a wealth of experience in technical aspects of the communication field and assisting businesses in driving multi-level operational changes. She is solution focused when it comes to the day to day operations of the centre and she is there for you to ensure you can focus on running your business.
Sarah Farrow
Project Manager
Crystal Carter
Business Advisor
Crystal has worked with businesses on an international scale and possesses a high level of commercial awareness due to experience dealing with non-profit organizations, small businesses & corporate companies. She brings fresh perspectives to businesses and encourages you to step out of your comfort zone to achieve growth and to add a competitive edge to your business.
Julie Hilliam
Centre Support Assistant
Daniella Burnell
Centre Support Assistant

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

Ashley Law

Ashley Law offers a comprehensive financial planning service for all your investment and protection needs:
Pension Planning, Life Assurance, Income Protection, Investments/Regular Savings, Mortgages.

Emkat Solutions Ltd

Emkat Solutions Limited offers a wide range of technical and commercial services to both customers and suppliers in the automated materials handling industry. The success of Emkat Solutions is due to over thirty years of real experience in the industry encompassing all aspects of the successful design and development of automated warehouse and distribution facilities across Europe and in the Far East. Emkat Solutions is a small business that can help big business with the technical and commercial skills that are required in this specialist area.

Arnold Thomson

Arnold Thomson has been serving the needs of their clients locally and across the nation for the past 3 decades. They combine several years of unrivalled expertise in agricultural property, countryside and rural businesses, commercial property, residential property, wills, probate, Tax and trust. Their unique and robust approach to legal practice enables them to provide their clients with the high standard of care and quality service.


Redwood provides specialised advice to company directors and business owners for their personal and company financial affairs. From recruitment to retention your staff are your most valuable asset.

With around 17% of candidates turning down a job if no employee benefits are offered it’s clear that employment packages need to go further than pension plans and salaries. Ensuring staff remain motivated can help to boost productivity, company loyalty and levels of employee engagement.

While the overall organisation’s culture and quality of management are key drivers of motivation, employers can use recognition schemes, team building events, individual incentives and employee benefits to reward and recognise employees who achieve in the workplace.

We can advise, arrange and maintain a benefits package that is valued by staff and leaves you free to do more of what you are good at. Our team of qualified financial advisers based in Market Harborough, Leicestershire cover the whole of the UK providing advice on a wide range of benefits.

Panoptic Media Ltd

Panoptic Media are a Digital Marketing Agency, specialising in helping businesses to grow their online presence. As experts in SEO, PPC and email marketing, we can help increase the amount of traffic to your website. Furthermore, our Google Analytics qualified consultants, and our expertise in Conversion Rate Optimisation help to ensure that the traffic your site gets, converts into paying customers or enquiries. We even build websites too!

Illston Authoring

With 30 years of experience around the service environment and 18 years involvement in technical publications, I believe clear communication is the most important factor when delivering any type of information.

I have created various types of workshop manuals, technical publications, technical training & apprentice training material for many major businesses over this time. These include Aston Martin, Bentley, BRAMO, CODA Automotive, Fisker, Iveco, Jaguar, Kumho Tyres Land Rover, McLaren, Nissan, Renault, Tesla, Transport for London. To pursue my passion for clear communication, I created Illston Automotive.
Illston Automotive can support your business in many ways, Workshop Manuals, Owner Handbooks Technical Manuals, Stylised Photos, Diagnostic Information, Animation, Wiring Manuals Technical Illustrations, Labour Times, Electronic Parts Catalogues, Training Resource, Flash Product and 3D.

We can take your current information and make it clearer and more user friendly. We can take a simple document, author and edit it and create an output Tailor made for your needs.

All information can then be made available in a number of formats, which will help you share your information, print, online and EPUB

Contact Philip Knott – Director – Illston Authoring here.

Cleaning Time

Cleaning Time are a local company that’s based in Market Harborough, we have been established now for about ten years and we are growing very rapidly. We carry out our Domestic and commercial services throughout Leicestershire, Northamptonshire, Warwickshire, Lincolnshire & Rutland. We Specialise in the Following Services:
• Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning
• Scotchgard Protecting
• Leather Cleaning & Protecting
• Tile/Stone & Grout Cleaning and Sealing
• Natural Stone Restoration & Repairing
• Marble & Granite Lippage Removal
• Patio & Driveway Pressure Washing & Sealing
• Marble & Granite Polishing
• Oriental rug Cleaning & Protecting
• Spot & Stain Removal
Call Us Today For A FREE No Obligation Quote On: 01858 419999 Or 0116 312 0110 or

Harborough Estates

Harborough Estates is a modern, forward -thinking business founded on traditional estate agency principles where service is our key priority.

Michael Gerard Solicitors

We are a niche legal practice specialising in construction & engineering law.  The practice provides advice and solutions in all areas of construction and engineering law, from drafting, reviewing and amending bespoke and standard forms of construction contracts to resolving complex commercial issues and disputes through pre-action, adjudication, litigation, mediation, negotiation and arbitration.   The service is aimed at all companies and individuals allied to the built environment including procurers, building owners, housebuilders, principal and specialist contractors, consultants and legal and commercial professionals.  What sets the practice apart from other law firms is that we are dual-qualified insofar that we are lawyers that also happen to have construction qualifications, and have built an incredibly strong reputation for results.  We also provide support to organisations such as the Royal Institute of British Architects, the Chartered Institute of Building and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

Rhodius Security Risk Management Ltd

Rhodius is a privately owned, multi-disciplinary Security & Risk Management service provider, based in the United Kingdom. Initially conceived to support investor activity across the Middle East, and to provide a suite of specialist security capabilities to protect investor assets worldwide, we continue to expand our scope to meet the needs of our customers.

We provide a significant resource to both public and private sector clients seeking the very highest standards in specialist risk management and security related services, particularly in developing markets. Our strength is our people and networks, where experience and expertise has been gained and proven in some of the most challenging and dynamic operational environments around the world. Combined with strong management systems and controls, we work to consistently high standards of performance, accountability and integrity.


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.


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.

Denovo Sales Solutions

Denovo Sales Solutions is a sales agency representing premium, healthy or functional food and beverage brands, using our collective experience to build distribution across a wide spectrum of Retail, Wholesale and Speciality markets.

We have a solid foundation in working for blue chip FMCG food and drink companies.  Our key strength is our breadth of understanding of the UK market and key players within it.

Our business is to grow your business.

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.

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.

Iconiq Innovation Ltd

Iconiq Innovation Ltd provides business consultancy specialising in acquisition of R&D funding for clients from National and European funding programmes. We are experienced in new product development, working with companies from micro SMEs to large multinational companies from across Europe and the US. We also work with leading Universities and Research Technology Organisations from across Europe in fields such as renewable energy technologies (wind, wave, solar, fuel cells etc.) and advanced materials and coatings for applications in automotive, aerospace, FMCG and speciality chemical sectors. Through acquisition of funding for our clients we help to reduce the risk involved in new product development and process improvement for your company thus helping to enable future profitability and competitive success. Our existing network of companies and academic institutions can help our clients to build complete project consortia to achieve successful project outcomes and consist of supply chains of partners with a clearly defined route to market in mind, thus ensuring a fast route to commercialisation. Our in-house expertise has helped our clients secure over 80 million euros of funding for research and development programmes over the past 4 years.

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.

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.

My Admin Support

We are a small, professional company that provides virtual office services to businesses, both large and small, looking to avoid spending time and money hiring extra staff.

We have over 20 years of experience in providing virtual office services and offer a professional and confidential service that can be tailored to your, and your company’s, needs.

Opex Consulting

Opex Consulting (Opex) is an established professional Facilities Management (FM) and Property consultancy and is known widely in the commercial markets and public sector, for high quality and reliable consultancy service delivery.

Opex work with clients to improve the performance and value for money of corporate and operational property and related facilities services and we have been providing strategic property and facilities advice and change management support for over 18 years, including:

  • Supporting the development of property strategies for over one million m2 of estate;
  • Procuring over £400million of FM services; and
  • VfM and FM audit reviews for over £1bn of expenditure.

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.

RHG Consult

RHG Consult Ltd (RHG) design, develop and deliver training in Leadership and Management, Coaching and Mentoring, Project Management, Health and Safety, Lean Six Sigma and Train the Trainer. Our expertise in creating interactive and bite size e-learning gives us the unique ability to offer bespoke learning pathways for learners and managers in any size of organization.

Working with employers and SMEs our apprenticeship provision is growing rapidly with over 200 apprentices on programme nationally with a wide range of well known organisations including those in the energy, construction, logistics, software and service industries, councils, housing associations and high street retailers.

The apprenticeship programmes we deliver include Safety, Health and Environment Technician, Operational Departmental Manager, Team Leaders supervisor, Associate Project Manager, Bid and Proposal Co-ordinator, Junior Management Consultant and Improvement Technician and Specialist.

SCL First Aid Training

SCL First Aid Training provides first aid training courses for the workplace, including the First Aid at Work (FAW) and Emergency First Aid at Work (EFAW) courses. We also deliver Paediatric First Aid training courses for schools, nurseries and child minders, meeting the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) requirements, Outdoor First Aid Training and recently added our new First Aid for Dogs and Dog Owners Course.
Our courses are fun and interactive and will give you both competence and confidence in your abilities to deal with first aid situations both at work and at home. Based in Market Harborough, on the Northamptonshire, Leicestershire border, we are ideally based to service Leicester and Northampton, the East Midlands, West Midlands and the UK.

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.

Summerfield Browne Solicitors

Summerfield Browne Solicitors are commercial and private client solicitors authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. We are a modern and progressive law firm, and operate a new legal services business model, which significantly reduces our overheads, and which means we can transfer the benefit of those cost savings back to our customers, in the form of competitive fee rates.

What sets us apart from many other corporate solicitors and private client solicitors, is that we deliver legal services using a business model that utilises the best aspects of the traditional law firm, but which also incorporates a flexible consultancy based legal services model. This means that many of our business solicitors, and private client lawyers are consultants, who work remotely at various locations in England, and by using the latest IT technology they can service our clients anywhere in England and Wales. Our business model means that clients have the option of choosing either, remote delivery of legal services which is simple, effective and cost efficient, or alternatively, the more traditional delivery of legal services via meetings in person at either, our serviced offices, or at the client’s business premises.

Taylor Rose TTKW

With a proud heritage and a unique management structure unlike any other law firm, the firm’s vision is to deliver smart, modern law.

Whether you are a commercial or individual client, our professionals will put you at the heart of our business. They will get under your skin, understand your challenges and your ambitions.

From the everyday to the most complex issue, our experts will provide you with clear, concise advice.

Taylor Rose TTKW’s heritage spans over 100 years, but we defy tradition. With a unique management structure unlike any other law firm we operate dynamically, constantly looking for smart ways to succeed.

Thermal Issues

Based in the East Midlands and a member of the Silverstone Technology Cluster, Thermal Issues Ltd offers no-obligation expert advice on thermal interface materials, and optimal thermal solutions for specific applications.

The company also provides very-fast-turn material samples for fit/form/functional testing and production quantities manufactured to bespoke designs using its tooling-free parts profiling technology.

A simple, hassle-free, process takes a design seamlessly from concept through prototype and full production using the same materials and methods.

A wide range of stock materials provide options for Thermal Management / Electrical Isolation / Gasket Sealing to IP67 / Anti-Vibration / EMI shielding / Laminar Encapsulation.

Ask for details:

TWO Visual

TWO Visual is an experienced retail agency specialising in Visual Merchandising. Our main focus is to shape the overall ‘customer shopping experience’ whilst maximising sales & marketing opportunities across the whole customer journey.

The main method by which we deliver this is by offering expert visual merchandising consultancy, providing extensive practical VM resources across Europe and by designing and facilitating dynamic visual merchandising training.

Working across large and small brands, established retailers and start-ups we develop and deliver ambitious visual projects across Fashion, Home, Sports, Grocery, Gifting, Food & Beverage and Health and Beauty products.

Current clients include: The North Face, Lee Jeans, Monsoon, Accessorize, Joe Brown’s, Puma, Ellesse, Callaway Golf, Fiskars, Sainsbury’s and Ikea.

Key Services include:

  • Visual Trend Research & Global Retail Environments
  • Store Layout Planning
  • Visual Principles Development
  • Model Store & Seasonal Implementation
  • Visual & Retail Training Design, Development & Facilitation
  • Online VM Tools & VM Guideline Documentation

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

IFA moves onwards and upwards

After four years at HIC, Intelligent Financial Advisory (IFA) has moved on. The team has performed so well in that time that it has finally outgrown the centre, and has taken on new offices of its own in Lutterworth.

Recruitment guru wins Harborough district business award

Caroline Hunt, of Emerald Starfish, was named the winner of the latest Pioneer 10, an awards programme funded by Harborough District Council and run out of the Harborough Innovation Centre (HIC).

Solutions in IT hits 25 years in business

Electro-mechanical industry software supplier Solutions in IT is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year – a quarter-century in which it’s become one of the most successful companies in its sector.