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17.04.08
Globally successful business expanding

A successful South West business with a list of top international clients is now looking to expand inwards – to Cornwall.

Dave Smith and Marian Moriarty relocated their company Inner Business from Oxford to North Tamerton in 1999. In 2006 they received support from actnow – the Objective One project that rolled out high speed broadband across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. Their nearby exchange was one of the last in the region to be upgraded to broadband but has resulted in huge benefits for their business. They can now interact with their clients in a full 21st century mode: "…before that we had to send out large files on CD via surface mail. Very embarrassing."

Inner Business is a company devoted to helping their clients to grow, develop and become more profitable by harnessing the power of the creative potential of their people, brands, products and services. The pair have clients across the world including several in the USA and helped with the early development of the design brief for Heathrow's brand new Terminal Five. Other clients have included airlines, unions, pharmaceutical companies and major supermarket chains.

Dave, whose background is in biology and previously worked in research and development at Unilever for 15 years, described what Inner Business specialises in – facilitation. He said: "We work with individuals, teams and organisations to help them achieve goals. A lot of that work involves taking people out of their comfort zones while at the same time making them feel safe.

"We use tools and techniques to allow people to be creative, to problem solve and to make changes. We can bring a new culture into a company leading to invention of new products and services and new strategies. So our expertise is in how people think and interact."

Dave and Marian now want to expand their business to more Cornwall based clients. He said: "Marian realised that we have worked with more American companies in America than we have south of Bristol. We want to work more with local companies as Cornwall's economy is on the up."

Marian, who has been a teacher and is also qualified as marketer, eventually spending seven years working in that role for 3M, added: "We also want to help the companies here, perhaps arranging for them to come together so that we can pass on skills that smaller businesses need."

To this end Inner Business is now a member of the Business League and is relying, as always, on word of mouth recommendations for their client base to grow. They also recently gave an interactive seminar on "Thinking for Creativity, Innovation and Change" for the Innovators Forum at the Combined Universities in Cornwall Tremough Campus in Penryn.

For further information about Inner Business please contact Dave Smith or Marian Moriaty on 01409 271191 or visit www.innerbusiness.co.uk.

For further information please contact Clare Morgan, Media Relations Manager for the Partnership Office, on 01872 223439/07973 813647 or email cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk.

The Objective One Programme for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly has invested in the actnow project through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund (EAGGF).

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Clare Morgan
Media Relations Manager
The Partnership Office
Castle House
Pydar Street
Truro TR1 2UD
Mobile: 07973 813647
Telephone: 01872 223439

cmorgan@cornwall.gov.uk

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