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. 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
Innovation Director
Kate has been a successful private business coach for 10 years, with a strong track record in helping businesses fulfil their potential. Kate will provide business support to customers based in HIC and in the local area.  Kate has started, grown and sold a company and says that “Running your own business can be liberating, exciting and fun but it can also be frightening and quite a juggling act”.  The demands on business owners can often be overwhelming and having the opportunity to discuss their business in confidence with an impartial business coach can make an enormous difference.
Caroline Haracz
Acting Assistant Centre Manager
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.
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.
Rebekah Whitehouse
Centre Support Assistant
Rebekah started at the Innovation centre as a Centre Support Assistant in April 2018. She has previously worked as a Dispatch Manager, Care Worker and ran her own house keeping business. In her spare time Rebekah is an active volunteer in the community. She is the assistant leader for a local girl guiding group and a chaperone for a theatre group. Rebekah also enjoys photography and has had some photos in local publications and the countryfile calendar 2018.

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

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 Automotive

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 Automotive

Salad Skills

Salad Skills specialises in helping businesses to recruit apprentices. We also support SMEs with apprenticeship advice and support  and work with a range of apprenticeship levy-paying private and public sector organisations as a quality assurance practitioner.  Based locally, working nationally.



Cardinal Demolition Limited

Cardinal Demolition Limited was established in 2011, however the management team of family members have been in and around the demolition industry for our whole lives. Our grandfather Robert Edward Hawkes established a demolition company back in the 1940’s and the company, in one form or another, has passed down the generations.

Our experienced team have a combined 50 years of knowledge within the demolition industry and offer demolition, strip out, asbestos removal, land remediation and site clearance services. We have experience taking on all sizes of projects from small houses to large commercial / industrial buildings and have built up a prestigious client base along the way.

Rubitek Solutions Limited

Rubitek Solutions Limited is a new tech start-up.  We develop cloud-based solutions that are designed to improve the outcomes for learners and apprentices whilst delivering a better return on the investment in training made by employers.

Did you know that around 40% of apprentices who start an apprenticeship in England don’t complete, instead leaving their apprenticeship early.  Many employers and apprentices cite a lack of support, mentoring, information and guidance as a major contributing factor.  We want to change that.  By providing solutions that empower learners, evidence employer commitment and join the dots with training providers.

Rubitek Lite is a free app for apprentices – designed to support and evidence learning.  Rubitek Core is a complete, cloud based apprentice management platform with a suite of tools for employers and training providers that deliver total management of learners / apprentices and their training.




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

TiGRE (Transition to integrated Gas and Renewable Energy)

TiGRE (Transition to integrated Gas and Renewable Energy) is a concept for the development and deployment of gas-fired power stations integrated with late-life offshore gas fields.  Through this concept, natural gas production is monetised at source by converting it to electricity, and transmitting the power through existing offshore electricity transmission systems associated with existing offshore windfarms.  The exported electricity entering the national grid has the potential to balance supply and demand for electricity whilst maximising the efficient use of transmission infrastructure associated with existing offshore windfarms.

The team at TiGRE Project Services Ltd (who have a wealth of experience in North Sea Oil & Gas and Off Shore renewable wind energy) provide consultancy services to a TiGRE Project which is currently being developed, constructed and operated in the Southern North Sea.

Harborough Estates

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

Three Four Nine Ltd

Here at Three Four Nine Ltd we create amazing brands and communities whilst offering unique and engaging digital experiences for both our partners and users.
Our latest venture – Beanser is already creating a huge buzz which has seen great interest from many businesses and users who want to be part of the expanding Beanser community – helping people discover, enjoy and share incredible moments each and every day.
If you are a business and want to become part of the Beanser community, we’d love to hear from you. Get in touch with us by visiting our website for more information on how to become a business partner or user.

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.

All About Quality

All About Quality provides ISO9001 implementation and maintenance services for small and medium-size businesses. The sister company, All About Productivity, provides workshops and coaching to help you put in the processes to be as productive as you and your team can be.

Anecdote UK

Understanding your business – It’s not just about words. Great communication is about knowing your subject.

We work closely with you to find out who you are and where you’ve come from, to make sure our words capture what you’re all about.

We get to know your target market and industry, so we can tailor our language and tone of voice in the ideal way to get your messages across.

Making the most of your investment – Getting your words right helps maximise your investment.

Engaging a professional to write your words releases your people to do what they do best – saving you time and money.


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.

Customer Attuned

Customer Attuned is a management consultant company that specialises in B2B Customer Relationships. They transform relationships and the performance of sales team.  They have four directors with a wide variety of corporate and consulting experience, and a pool of associates to support their programmes.




Curious Agency Ltd

We ask lots of questions to get great results. 

Strategy / Design / Branding / Advertising / Digital

Meet the agency that helped our client win $60m in new business last year.



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.

DLB Investigations Ltd

We are a corporate Investigation Co specializing in fraud investigation, surveillance and intelligence gathering.


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.

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.

Kelly Taylor

Kelly Taylor are Building Services Consulting Engineers who have been practicing for almost 40 years. Our head office is in Devon and we operate a branch office from the Harborough Innovation Centre in Market Harborough, Leicestershire.

As building services engineers we are involved in the design of heating, air conditioning, ventilation, water services, drainage, power, lighting, fire alarms, fire protection systems, IT and communications systems etc within buildings.

In addition, we liaise with utility providers to obtain water, gas and telecommumications supplies to our projects.

We are involved in a broad variety of projects including in the distribution, manufacturing, commercial, retail and leisure sectors as well as undertaking significant infrastructure developments.

We are also leading consultants in the field of sustainability and low energy buildings.

As well as working on projects throughout the United Kingdom, we have completed projects in more than 30 countries throughout Europe, the Middle East and Africa.


MAY is an innovative and dynamic 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.

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.

Rona Purdham Business Growth

Rona Purdham Business Growth provides clients with the practical skills, tools and expertise they need to enable them to fulfill their business potential – facilitating growth, and improving profitability and performance.

We recognise that everyone’s needs and budgets are different so we work flexibly to suit individual requirements.

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.

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.

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.

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:

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.

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

Heritage settles in to HIC

One of our Pioneer 10 competitors, Heritage Archaeology, has now moved into the centre, and is looking to grow after what has been a successful first year in business.

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).