Future Focus: Inspiration,
innovation and horizon

For business leaders who want to accelerate growth, reduce risk and create change


The future might be unwritten, but Future Focus, delivered in partnership with The University of Exeter, helps you write yours. Fresh ideas, new thinking and inspirational people combine to enable established businesses to identify opportunities, trends and threats. Perspective is elusive; this innovative programme gives business leaders enough distance to see the business, and its future, in a new light.

So how does it work? If you sign up to the Future Focus programme you can access:

  • Growth and Innovation Planning Online Sessions
  • Labs and Trips
  • Bespoke Business Research from The University of Exeter to give your business a competitive edge
  • Grants to purchase items help you innovate
  • Specialist coaching to give you deeper understanding of specific topics
  • Recruitment support including potential salary subsidy

Future and Innovation Planning Sessions (online)

This specialist support helps you take a detailed, objective look at your business to prepare a recovery plan, regain lost ground, identify customers behaviour changes and innovate your business to thrive in a new marketplace.

We look at how your business has been affected by Covid-19, helping you figure out what you could be doing to pivot your business model or regain some lost ground by understanding what stage your business is at now, particularly what’s changed, work out what might be holding you back and what changes you want to make for your ‘new business as usual’.

Gamechanger Events

Our Gamechanger events give business leaders the opportunity to gain insights and inspiration from world-leading experts and innovators. One of our main aims is for people to leave knowing more about themselves as a leader and how to build a high performing team around them. Gaining inspirational insights as well as real clarity about the resources they need in order to evolve and achieve outstanding results.

Held at locations across the county, these dynamic events are not to be missed.

Labs and Trips

We run a number of expert-led Innovation & Future planning workshops to help businesses innovate and grow. Focusing on the challenges you want to overcome and opportunities you want to seize, you’ll leave with a really clear direction and an action plan.

Cornish businesses are as varied as businesses from anywhere else, so the focus of these trips can be varied too, previous trips have involved building brand awareness in the luxury and lifestyle markets, to learning about state-of-the-art advances in e-commerce. 

The Future Focus 2 programme is receiving £2,509,399 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regeneration.