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Cornwall Innovation Support Helps Young IT Company to Expand

Cornwall Innovation Support Helps Young IT Company to Expand

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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, Cornwall, in January 2015, hoping the award-winning 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.

Ian Mitchell, founder and Managing Director of Gylly Computer Services, 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.”

Ian founded Gylly Computer Services in 2011 following a 15-year career working as an IT technician for Cornwall Council and Cornwall Fire and Rescue Services. After a restructuring at the authority, Ian decided to leave and start his own business, which he did in 2011. His wife Sophie began helping with the accounts and is now the Financial Director, and the business provides IT solutions to businesses, schools and homes throughout the South West, offering a one-stop shop for all technical requirements.

Ian added: “The business has grown a lot very quickly and we’ve now recruited two engineers. Our primary focus for the future is about developing our service for the hospitality sector; we’re already looking after two major hotels in Falmouth, and we are looking to expand into that field more.”

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