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CRESCO Innovation

CRESCO Innovation



About Cresco Innovation

Cresco Innovation works with companies to develop and implement innovation strategies. They help their client companies to identify opportunities to develop new products and services, and then create a package of support to ensure that the idea is turned into a commercial reality. 

Cresco Innovation services include securing grants (as a team they have raised around £30 million over the three years), business planning, IP advice, access to finance and funders, project management and IP commercialisation support. 

They regularly act as the interface with the funding bodies and help clients ensure that their projects are properly managed to ensure the best outcome for all.

Cresco Innovation is located at the new Advanced Technology Innovation Centre at Loughborough University.

For any enquiries please email  info@crescoinnovation.co.uk or phone on 01509 228495.

Across all sectors

Cresco Innovation works across all technology sectors, and all geographical areas, from anti-blast tanks to diagnostics. The company often put together collaborations with companies across Europe and can take the headache out of project management and securing funds.

Meet the Team at Cresco Innovation

The team of highly experienced professionals have significant business development skills ensuring projects have real commercial focus. Their bid writing consultants are graduates in healthcare, materials science and engineering, and are trained to ensure that clients receive a package of professional final documents which have the best chance of securing funding.

Jo Derbyshire CEO and Founder

Jo has a background in IP commercialisation having spent over 25 years in the innovation and enterprise sector. Jo is recognised in the industry for establishing the Loughborough Innovation Centre, and was the Managing Director of the centre for 15 years.

Richard Zann – Chairman of Cresco Innovation Ltd.

Richard has extensive experience in hands on management of international teams to meet, and exceed, new business and retention targets within the international insurance marketplace. His most recent role was with AXA insurance (2010-15) as Executive Board Member, and Global Commercial Director for AXA Travel – looking after 37 countries with a portfolio in excess of £500m.

Charley Moorhouse, Proposal Writer

Charley has 19 years experience within the IT Services industry, 10 of which was specifically in bid writing/management. Charley headed the bid management team for a large successful Global IT Service Provider for over 4 years. 

David Cheshire, Proposal Writer

David has extensive experience of the HealthCare Sector working in Pharmaceutical R&D for over 20 years. In his many roles he has gained considerable project management skills as well as contributing to over 45 patents and scientific papers. He gained a PhD in Chemistry in 1987 and continues to be motivated by science and innovation.


Cresco Innovation
Advanced Technology Innovation Centre
Oakwood Drive
Loughborough Science Park. Loughbrough
LE11 3QF

Contact:   Jo Derbyshire
Job title:   CEO
Tel:   01509 228495
Email:   jo@crescoinnovation.co.uk
Website:   www.crescoinnovation.co.uk