Business Support

Formation Zone isn't just office space,
our monthly advice clinics will help you to keep your business on the right track

“The Formation Zone gave us the space to develop a sense of being a company and helped us build our own setup. When we started we were unsure but the reassurance and support has helped us to stop the worrying."

Jack, So Good Studios

Formation Zone business mentors

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Business Edge South West

Managed by Colin Robson and John Montell, Business Edge South West provide high quality advice regarding government departmental grant funding, capital raising, financial reporting, accounting and taxation issues, preparation of business plans and setting key performance indicators.

With an excellent track record in the South West, Business Edge often prove crucial to our new clients, helping you to avoid potential pitfalls and guiding you in your first steps.

 

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Capstone Learning Limited

Managed by Chris Reedthomas, Capstone Learning’s leadership, coaching and facilitation solutions give organisations the tools to explore, the confidence to act and the encouragement to solve problems as they arise.

Capstone Learning’s solutions are grounded in over 20 years’ experience. Before creating Capstone Learning, Chris worked with a wide range of organisations including First Great Western, KPMG, The Environment Agency, British Airways, the Audit Commission and Plymouth University.

Eleanor Browne, Programme Manager

Eleanor has led Formation Zone since its launch in 2007, building this university incubator from its initial phase for the creative industries, to multiple sites, collaborations with partners, and a wide range of industry sectors.

Our Programme Manager looks after our businesses, makes sure they’re getting the right support at the right time, and brings in new clients all year round.  Beginning her career with a small creative business as a graduate, Eleanor knows exactly what it’s like navigating the challenges of a start-up.

With a background in the creative industries and economic development, Eleanor has been supporting innovative start-ups for 15 years and is also researching business incubation and social enterprise for her PhD.

Denise Kellham, Administrative Assistant

Denise supports our businesses introducing them to Formation Zone and looking after their day to day requirements.

She administers the One Stop Ideas Shop, liaising with partner organisations and participants to ensure a smooth delivery of the service.

Denise has 16 years business support experience working with start-ups and growing businesses.

John Petrie, Assistant Administrator

John looks after our website and social media as well as keeping our clients up to date with news from our partners both inside and outside of the University.

John has a background in political and community campaigning and previously worked in student support before joining Formation Zone.

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