Top award for director of innovation centres in Cornwall
The director of pioneering innovation centres in Cornwall has received a top award.
Bernard Curren has led innovation centres - which nurture young businesses - in Truro, Pool and at the Tremough campus, Penryn.
The centres are estimated to have created 100 new jobs and their work has been acclaimed as among the best in the world by UK Business Incubation.
As director of Cornwall Innovation overseeing the three centres, Bernard Curren was singled out for praise at Plymouth University’s VC Enterprise awards.
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Professor Wendy Purcell, Plymouth University vice-chancellor and president, said: “Enterprise is at the heart of everything we do at Plymouth University, and Bernard Curren’s focus on driving business growth in Cornwall as director of the innovation centres reflects that.
“Bernard was instrumental in setting up the three centres and through his leadership, drive, hard work and enthusiasm they have exceeded all expectations.”
The centres are managed by Plymouth University on behalf of Cornwall Council which set up the innovation centres backed by European Regional Development Fund money.
Mr Curren said: “The Innovation Centres are inspiring places to work and a first-class platform to support business growth, and I am enormously proud to work with Plymouth University to help so many fantastic companies in Cornwall to grow, develop and realise their ambitions.”
The three Cornwall Innovation Centres opened in Pool in 2010, Tremough in 2012 and the Health and Wellbeing Centre at Treliske in January 2013, and between them they are home to 139 growing businesses employing about 480 people.