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New Innovation Director

More than 100 start-ups and early-stage firms at two innovation centres in south Hampshire are to benefit from the expertise of a business advisor.

January 3rd 2020

Monika Dabrowska is the new in-house Innovation Director for Fareham Innovation Centre and Ocean Village Innovation Centre, Southampton.

With extensive knowledge of innovative technologies across different sectors, Monika will be assisting occupiers with in-house business support.

She will be helping entrepreneurs with one-to-one mentoring, workshops, seminars, programmes, funding and, with the universities of Southampton, Solent and Portsmouth, knowledge transfers through internships.

Stephen Brownlie, Centre Director at Fareham Innovation Centre, said: “More than 135 businesses have benefited to date from this invaluable in-house service; Monika has joined the team to add her expertise and to support businesses at the innovation centres.”

Fareham Innovation Centre is home to 40 pioneering companies, with 45 at Ocean Village Innovation Centre.

They range from start-ups to established businesses. Sectors include aviation, marine, maritime, aerospace, engineering and advanced manufacturing.
Stephen added: “The importance of small-to-medium size enterprises on the local economy cannot be underestimated – according to government figures there are 5.7 million in the UK, comprising 99% of all businesses.

“Of those, the vast majority are micro businesses of up to nine employees, accounting for 96% of all businesses in the UK. Many of our customers are of this smaller size and they are the unsung heroes of the local economy.

“Thanks to Monika, and the wider support staff at our innovation centres, customers can benefit from business support advice, helping to forge inward investment, expand supply chains and create new jobs locally.”

Monika was appointed following a rigorous selection process by Oxford Innovation, which runs both centres, as well as two others in Hampshire - BASE Bordon Innovation Centre and Portsmouth Technopole.

Oxford Innovation also operates a further 22 innovation centres elsewhere across the UK.

With a wealth of experience in obtaining EU and national funding for R&D and capital investment, Monika has also advised and assisted in management of EU-funded projects.

She said: “One of my key roles will be to act as an innovation catalyst, guiding business owners from idea to profitable revenue streams.

“Wearing the business growth accelerator hat, I’ll be identifying prime growth opportunities customers, backed up with structured plans for realistic expansion.

“It’s also about connecting customers with qualified professionals and peers so everyone benefits from best practice and latest thinking.”

Interested in joining us? If you have further questions about the Innovation Centres, our Innovation Directors and business support services please contact Stephen Brownlie at 023 9387 0380 or visit fareham-ic.co.uk
Want to find an Innovation Centre near you? visit oxin-centres.co.uk/centres

July 28th 2021

CTECH logs on to growth at Fareham Innovation Centre

A self-described surfer of coffee shops, John Cole ran his fledgling IT firm from a laptop, hopping on to wi-fi networks to support customers.

The digital nomad soon found that his Hampshire-based business, established three years ago and called CTECH Business Solutions, required a permanent base due to much larger-than-anticipated growth.

April 29th 2021

Techs Drive Occupancy Increase at Innovation Centre

Fareham Innovation Centre has seen occupancy rise by 17% over the past 12 months.

The business hub bucked economic trends with a series of signings and on-site expansions since May 2020.

With 55 serviced offices and 20 fully occupied workshops, the centre is now home to 60 SMEs – many of which are involved in technology.

February 17th 2021

Source of business inspiration

When two recruitment consultants left their company to set up on their own in a £39 billion industry, it was a case of “eyes wide shut”.

Fast-forward four years, Source Solutions’ Tom James and Simon Horspool, both in their early 30s, have survived the perilous beginnings – 60% of start-ups reportedly go under within 36 months.

The firm, which provides recruitment solutions in IT and engineering, moved into Fareham Innovation Centre, which overlooks Solent Airport near Gosport, 18 months ago