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

Canopy Coaching is delivered by entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs. The recipe at Canopy is to bring together experience, academic knowledge, and an ability to ask contextually sensitive questions to support founders of early stage and scale up companies,

Formation Zone clients benefit from the skills and experience of Stewart Noakes, Canopy’s CEO, who has successfully started and scaled up businesses both here in the UK and internationally. Stewart’s knowledge, experience, and contacts are a unique asset in helping to speed up success.

As Stewart says: “There’s always a way… You just haven’t found it yet!”

Richard Scutt, Operations Manager

Further to a successful commercial career spanning 20 years, holding a number of senior management positions  in the engineering and manufacturing sectors, Richard has spent the last decade supporting business in Devon and Cornwall.

This has included managing the highly successful Pool Innovation Centre in Cornwall achieving strong occupancy and accelerating the growth of pre-start, start up and existing innovative businesses.

He has since worked for the Growth Hub in Cornwall as a Senior Business Connector during which time he has supported over 300 businesses with their growth aspirations.

Richard will oversee the ongoing delivery and day to day running of the Formationzone on Campus and the development of the Formationzone at Plymouth Science Park at Derriford, Plymouth.

Denise Kellham, Senior Administrator

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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