Ashton Old Baths is home to a passionate community of visionaries, all united by one vision – to discover, develop and deliver the next greatest ideas in the creative and digital sector. Joining AOB means you’ll be amongst a mix of like-minded companies in the Greater Manchester area, each with their own expertise and ideas to bring to the table. Imagine the collaborative possibilities for your business.

A chance to connect

The Wood Centre for Innovation offers you something unique. You’re not just getting an office, you’re getting a community. A community in which to mix with other entrepreneurs like you, and gain access to experts in specialist areas that could benefit your business. A community to help you build and grow. You can also benefit from the strong relationship between WCFI and its partner centre – the Oxford Centre for Innovation – in central Oxford.

A chance to connect

The Wood Centre for Innovation offers you something unique. You’re not just getting an office, you’re getting a community. A community in which to mix with other entrepreneurs like you, and gain access to experts in specialist areas that could benefit your business. A community to help you build and grow. You can also benefit from the strong relationship between WCFI and its partner centre – the Oxford Centre for Innovation – in central Oxford.

Opening up opportunities

It’s all very well working in your own space, but sometimes it’s helpful to think outside the box and exchange or discuss ideas with other people. Collaboration is made so much easier when there are opportunities literally on your doorstep. With knowledgeable like-minded people working all around you, networking at WCFI is easy.

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Business support

When you become part of the Wood Centre for Innovation, you’ll gain lots of support you didn’t even know you needed. With our team well connected within Oxford’s science and technology sectors, you’ll have the kind of help you just won’t get anywhere else.

Our Commercial Manager, Kelly Carter is here to help you drive your business forward and overcome challenges to success. From her experience running Innovation Centres and working with businesses from all industries Kelly will be able to work with you and the Oxford Innovation network of Innovation Directors to offer you practical support and advice to drive forward your vision, strategy and implementation.

As part of our support offering, throughout the year WCFI and OCFI host a  programme of sector specific and business building workshops for you to benefit from. These sessions are open to all customers and included as part of your license fee.

In addition to this, the centre team will help you tap into the surrounding science and tech communities gaining access to an expert support network as well as key insights into new developments and industry trends.

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Our Companies

Meet the innovative businesses already part of our growing community.

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Meet the team

Our team at the Wood Centre for Innovation are here to make your life easier. They’re experienced, friendly and they genuinely want to help.

Kelly Carter

Commercial Manager

Kelly has enjoyed over 10 years of service with Oxford Innovation, across both innovation centre and commercial management roles. She has a strong sales and marketing background, having previously served one the largest regional newspaper groups for over 15 years. Kelly is passionate about creating and supporting a collaborative environment, in which businesses can thrive.

Rosie Miller

Assistant Centre Manager

Rosie moved from Scotland to Oxford in 2013 and has since made the city her home. Before joining the team at WCFI she worked for The Oxford Trust and has seen the WCFI evolve from the original site, to a building site and finally to the wonderful new centre that it is now. Rosie jumped at the chance to work in the new WCFI and brings with her extensive customer relations and office management experience. In her spare time, she enjoys walking and cycling.

Cerys McColl

Customer Experience Assistant

Cerys moved to Oxford last year and is enjoying finding her feet in the City of Dreaming Spires. She loves nature and the great outdoors, so is delighted to be working at the beautiful WCFI site, where she ensures the smooth running on the centre. Cerys brings with her a wealth of experience in office administration & customer service and is really enjoying being the first point of call at WCFI. In her spare time she enjoys photography and gardening.

Interested in joining?

Speak to our team to find out more about becoming part of our community.

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