Workspace in Cornwall

24th October, 2018

A dynamic hub of innovation and invention, Cornwall is the home of entrepreneurs, freelancers, start-ups, small businesses and large enterprises all making the most of the region’s stunning, practical locations.

Cornwall’s wealth of diverse work environments offers multiple opportunities for businesses to develop independently or as part of vibrant like-minded clusters.

Businesses positioned in an Innovation Centre, Advanced Manufacturing Space or designated Enterprise Zone enable their teams to harness collaborative ingenuity with world-changing potential. Alternatively, your approach may suit a fully independent office or thrive best as part of a creative co-working hub. Whatever your working style, with some of the world’s fastest internet and transport links to the rest of the globe, Cornwall has a 21st century infrastructure to support every kind of forward thinking company.

Let’s look at Cornwall’s work space opportunities in more detail because coastal or inland, collective or solo, at work or play, Cornwall’s business community really does have it all.

Innovation Centres

Innovation Centre

Located in Pool, Tremough and Truro, three vibrant Innovation Centres are home to dynamic business acceleration communities serving a range of sectors. With management delivered by Plymouth University for Cornwall Council, they offer:

  • Business Support
  • Hyper fast connectivity and technology
  • Private investment opportunities
  • Collaborative spaces, private rooms and conference facilities
  • Access to cutting edge Research and Academia

Supporting knowledge and innovation-led businesses with a focus on technology, creative media, environmental and health and wellbeing sectors, the Innovation Centres enable businesses at all stages of their development.

In 2016, these Innovation Centres had a combined annual turnover of £24.4 million and average growth rate of 142.5%, unlocking Cornish potential year on year.

Enterprise Zones

Hayle Marine Hub

Cornwall’s Enterprise Zones are designated areas, all with zero business rates and targeted Government support.

Aerohub, the UK’s only aero-dedicated Enterprise Zone is at Newquay Airport with planning-free status meaning businesses can reduce risks associated with traditional planning, such as timings and costs.

  • 72 acre business park
  • 14 serviced plots for development
  • Hyper fast connectivity
  • Local Development Order, which allows for B1, B2 and B8 planning-free development for 25 years.

The Goonhilly Enterprise Zone at Goonhilly Earth Station – the UK’s space satellite communications gateway – is one of the most connected business parks in the world offering unrivalled opportunities for business development in this fast-growing industry.

  • Planning-free development
  • Enabled with hyper fast >10GBit/s internet access
  • Access to space communications, data storage and processing
  • Well-equipped labs plus ample office and workshop space

Hayle Marine Renewables Business Park is part of a comprehensive regeneration area with quayside access to the sea. Hayle Marine Hub Centre offers:

  • State of the art building
  • Straightforward work space leasing process
  • Hyper fast connectivity
  • Cluster of related industry businesses
  • Plenty of room for further expansion
  • Zero business rates

Co-Working Environments

Cornwall is a thriving hub of established and small businesses, artists, entrepreneurs, freelancers, influencers and innovators. Collaboration, knowledge sharing and co-working across disciplines is driving dynamic development, offering unparalleled opportunities for multi-portfolio career paths and cross pollination of new ideas.  

Examples are:

  • The Old Bakery Studios in Truro – over 60 unique creative studios and workshops in a repurposed industrial site with a vibrant multi-purpose arts space on the ground floor.
  • Newquay’s Mor Workspace – 20 minutes from the airport and 5 minutes from the beach with an ethos of working hard, connecting creatively, sharing knowledge and having fun.
  • The Workbox – an informal managed office space with a community of freelancers, start-ups and small business owners. Conveniently located near main transport links in Truro and Penzance

Advanced Manufacturing Spaces


Situated in a landmark building near low-carbon initiatives such as the globally transformational Eden Project, ESAM (Enterprise Space for Advanced Manufacturing) is dedicated to the acceleration of advanced manufacturing, engineering and low-carbon environmental businesses.

Opened in Summer 2018, they provide:

  • High speed internet
  • Access to funding across smart specialisation sectors
  • Onsite business support
  • Flexible spaces including private and shared/breakout areas, workshops and offices
  • Serviced reception
  • Excellent transport links
  • Onsite parking

On the outskirts of St Austell, ESAM is the first phase of the new Carluddon Technology Park at the heart of the public/private partnership West Carclaze Eco-Community Initiative.

Independent Offices


Businesses building an independent culture require dedicated private offices and full influence over the design of their working environment. Cornwall has an abundance of attractive, creative spaces with high tech facilities often combined with loads of history. Here are three examples of companies taking full advantage of Cornwall’s diverse offering:

  • Leading disruptive company Crowdfunder turns good ideas into world-changing reality from its premises in a converted Newquay surf shop.
  • 3WhiteHats mines Cornwall’s world-class digital talent to grow their global Digital Marketing company, based in Falmouth.
  • Agile software development outsourcing specialists Headforwards work from a suite of offices in the Pool Innovation Centre and believe in working hard and playing hard in one the most beautiful parts of the world.

These various workspace options means there’s space and infrastructure for companies of any size to grow, prosper, and connect with like-minded pioneers. With so much choice, and nature and the beach on your doorstep, Cornwall Trade and Investment has a dedicated team to help you find exactly the right spot.



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