You’ve got three months to make use of this wonderful resource here in Bude to accelerate business through innovation, which launched yesterday at a meeting in The Falcon.
Situated in The Parkhouse Centre, in a space provided by the Town Council, you can pop in or make an appointment to see someone at Acceleration Through Innovation, who can offer advice and support, temporary workspace, meeting rooms and networking opportunities, but perhaps most of all, clear advice to help your business move forward. This support comes from European funding so make the most of it while it is still available.
As the website says:
The Bude Pop-up Innovation Centre is offered to small-to-medium sized enterprises (SMEs) based in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly and, thanks to funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the facilities are at no cost for eligible businesses to use. Frequenters of the workspace are welcome to enjoy complimentary wifi, free printing and other office essentials. Paul Rogers, Pop-up Innovation Centre Co-ordinator for ATI, explains: “The local businesses that use this space find the Pop-up Innovation Centre vital for making new business connections, it’s also a really useful resource which helps them access the additional business support available via the ATI programme, the University of Plymouth and the various other ERDF projects that we partner with.”
There are also useful workshops available.
As Bude-Stratton Mayor, Bob Willingham explained on his Facebook page:
Acceleration Through Innovation, ATI, a business support initiative is now available for Bude-Stratton and surrounding areas. We are the 9th centre set up in Cornwall. They offer a range of support and are happy for all businesses, large or small, new or established, to pop in to chat about the services they offer. Surprisingly few of our business took up the offer of a free breakfast at the Falcon Hotel at their launch where Jo Hanson explained what ATI do to help, and that they are happy to sign a non-disclosure agreement if you are worried about confidentially. Nigel Chadd of Chadd’s food services attended and in the Q&A session explained the benefit of connecting with initiatives like this to help draw down funding to improve business.
They are only here for 3 months so pop in to see them at the Parkhouse, don’t miss out.
With Bude Chamber currently in ‘hibernation’, this may be your best chance to obtain free innovation diagnostics (please note it is not for general business support). So, if you have a new product you’d like to develop, a new method of working or something innovative you’d like to develop to add value to Bude, then this may well be a good starting point. Not sure, then pop in an ask? You may at least get some useful signposting to other services.