BUSINESS owners welcomed the Duke of York to one of Cornwall’s innovation centres on Wednesday, as he spent time learning about the facilities which are boosting economic growth in the county.
Prince Andrew was welcomed to Tremough Innovation Centre (TIC), in Penryn, by lord-lieutenant Edward Bolitho and a Falmouth and Penryn Sea Cadet Charlie Frost.
He met Penryn deputy mayor Gill Grant and the town clerk Michelle Davey before chatting with the chairman of Cornwall Business Partnership, Thelma Sorensen, and TIC manager Richard Snell.
He also met with some of the companies based at TIC – which include video game producers, a yacht designer and a charity working to protect endangered rainforests – to learn how the centre has helped them to achieve their growth aspirations.
Saira O'Dwyer, sales and marketing director of Cornish digital company Slightly Different, said: “We had a chat about the way people use technology in business and responsive web site design.
“We were quite nervous to be fair, but he was natural and open and genuinely interested in what we do.
“He was really friendly and relaxed.”
The full service digital agency moved to the centre a year ago in order to grow the business.
The TIC is operated by Plymouth University on behalf of Cornwall Council, and supported by the Growth, Acceleration and Investment Network.
Tremough – along with Innovation Centres in Pool and Truro – supports new and growing businesses.
The three centres have already been ranked as amongst the best in the world, winning UK Business Incubation status, and are home to 139 businesses overall, employing around 480 people.