Matthew has a wealth of commercial experience and is passionate about helping small and medium sized businesses realise their full potential.
As the Innovation Growth Manager for the south west region Matthew combines his 20 years of commercial experience with a thorough understanding of the Growth through Innovation service offer to help businesses understand how they can identify and solve important problems in new ways to achieve rapid and significant growth.
Matthew joined Oxford Innovation in January 2014 specifically to work with ambitious small and medium sized businesses across the south west region that face challenges around innovation.
Innovation challenges may be around collaboration & partnering for Innovation, understanding, protecting & exploiting IP – including any application in the SW for IPO funded IP audits, creating competitive products & services, generating new ideas, understanding unmet customer needs, developing an innovative organisation, finding & winning grants for innovation and sometimes it just starts with developing a plan that integrates IP into the Strategy.
Innovation is vital to any size of business, in any sector, going through any phase of growth.
Prior to joining Oxford Innovation Matthew has gained 20 years’ experience in a range of commercial roles in a variety of sectors including video production and distribution, marine leisure – where he was part of a board of directors that led a business from £500k to £5m over a 12 year period, as Commercial Manager for an FE College and most recently as Commercial Manager and Corporate Strategy Partner at AstraZeneca, where he built and led a commercial team to successfully commercialise a portfolio of innovative world class technical services.
Matthew is a Fellow of the Institute of Sales & Marketing Management (FInstSMM), is a Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (FCMI), has studied business at OND, HND and degree level, and has completed professional training programmes from CMI, Forum 21, YBDSA and Intellectual Property Office.