Gylly has Innovation to grow

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A computer services company has doubled in size less than two years after relocating to a Cornwall Innovation Centre – and has plans for further expansion.

Gylly Computer Services joined the 40 companies based at Tremough Innovation Centre (TIC) in Penryn in January 2015, hoping the business acceleration centre operated by Plymouth University on behalf of Cornwall Council would enable the fledgling firm to grow.

Less than two years on, Gylly has already doubled its workforce, hiring two new engineers to join the husband and wife team who started the firm, and plans to further its offering to the hospitality sector, potentially creating more new high-value jobs for Cornwall in the process.

MD, Ian Mitchell, said: “Tremough Innovation Centre gave me a good working environment with all the support I needed to grow and develop the business.

“I had been working at home on my own before moving to TIC, and having access to well-managed office space and a professional reception service really helped, as did the advice and guidance from the Cornwall Innovation team who were on hand to help me every step of the way, and the business support and drop-in sessions they organised for me.

“We certainly wouldn’t have grown this quickly without being based at TIC; relocating to the centre has helped towards our success, and it’s somewhere I’d recommend young businesses in Cornwall to consider if they want to grow quickly.”

Tremough opened in 2012 and is one of three Cornwall Innovation Centres based in Penryn, Pool and Truro.

Specialising in supporting businesses in the creative, media and environmental science sectors, TIC has helped companies based at the centre to enjoy annual growth of up to 40% in one year thanks to the dedicated business support available on site.

TIC manager, Richard Snell, said: “We are delighted to have supported Ian and Sophie to grow their business so quickly, and helped Ian to make the transition from a one-man start-up based at home to a growing business winning contracts from major new clients.”