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Introducing Jaime Tinker, Impact and Partnership Development Manager
Jaime Tinker has a dual role with Unlocking Potential and the University of Exeter. The next in our #oneteam blog series, Jaime explains what keeps him inspired and how his inquisitive nature has helped build new business connections.
What is your role at UP, in a nutshell?
I work with Unlocking Potential on a partnership project with University of Exeter called Future Focus. I work one-to-one with businesses around their innovation challenges. In particular I am focused on helping businesses with any research projects we can help with.
What experience have you had working with businesses?
I have worked with businesses in Cornwall for a number of years, initially in roles listening and researching their needs, to the more direct support work I do now. I also run my own business on the side which gives me first-hand experience of the challenges faced.
What do you most enjoy about working with businesses?
I really enjoy the diversity of businesses I engage with, hearing how their idea or business came about and in particular what their future plans are considering external challenges. I’m inquisitive naturally, so learning about something new almost every day really does suit me and means I enjoy what I do. I also love spotting those connections between people and businesses that might be mutually beneficial.
How do you stay inspired?
I stay inspired I suppose by following the progress of local businesses. I have great relationships with many of the businesses I work with, see them regularly and therefore hear about their successes.
A bit of something else:
Traveller or homebody?
Frustrated traveller living as a homebody.
If you could bring back a fashion trend, what would it be and why?
Cut-off denim shorts. For practical reasons, I could transition from my jeans to shorts in no time.
What was your favourite game to play as a child?
Bucket ball (it still is). A ball, a bucket. One objective – ball in bucket. It’s portable, adaptable, solo or multi-player. Lost(/lose) hours to that game.
Read about last week’s #oneteam Business Development Manager, Holly Barber