• We are not just bid writers – we are scientists and management consultants that are very good at writing bids.

Cresco Innovation works with companies to develop and implement innovation strategies. We help client companies to identify opportunities to develop new products and services, and then create a package of support to ensure that the idea is turned into a commercial reality. Our services include securing grants (as a team we have raised around £30 million over the three years), business planning, IP advice, access to finance and funders, project management and IP commercialisation support. We regularly act as the interface with the funding bodies and help clients ensure that their projects are properly managed to ensure the best outcome for all.

Cresco Innovation works across a diverse range of  technology sectors, for example; healthcare and medical devices; manufacturing; and materials. We often put together collaborations with companies across Europe and can take the headache out of project management and securing funds.

Cresco Team

Meet the Team at Cresco Innovation

Our team of five, highly experienced professionals, have significant business development skills ensuring your projects have real commercial focus. Our bid writing consultants are graduates in healthcare, materials science and engineering, and are trained to ensure that you receive a package of professional final documents which have the best chance of securing funding.

  • Jo Derbyshire CEO and Founder

  • Jo Derbyshire

    Jo has a background in IP commercialisation having spent over 25 years in the innovation and enterprise sector. Jo is recognised in the industry for establishing the Loughborough Innovation Centre, and was the Managing Director of the centre for 15 years. Jo is a keen horse rider and aspiring archaeologist, studying Egyptology at Manchester University.

  • Marc Greatrex – Commercial Director

  • Marc Greatrex

    Marc is an experienced leader and manager with a wide range of business experience; from start-ups to multi nationals. Marc has grown businesses across a number of sectors; Manufacturing, Aerospace, Pharmaceuticals, Automotive, Food, Metal Finishing, and Renewables. His technical background is in fluid power, robotics and metallurgy..

  • Paul Farmery – Chief Operating Officer – Tendering Expert

  • Paul Farmery

    Paul is a specialist in procurement and tendering, and leads the Cresco tendering team. Paul has previously been Supply Chain Manager for blue chip companies including National Grid and Balfour Beatty.
    In his spare time, Paul can be found sailing at Swarkestone Reservoir or more exotic locations when he can get away.

  • Phil Crosland – Director of Proposal Writing

  • Phil Crosland

    Phil holds an honours degree in Mechanical Engineering. He has worked as a Technologist, Project Manager, Research Funding Bid Author, Key Knowledge Holder, Bid Manager and Funding Acquisition Quality Manager. He has been involved in the development and application of technology in numerous fields and delivered over £19m to clients.

  • Dr Rehman Rafiq
    Senior Proposal Writer

  • Dr Rehman Rafiq

    Rehman holds a PhD in Materials Sciences. He is a highly experienced writer of bids, tender responses and proposal applications, achieving outstanding successes across a variety of funding programmes, both UK and EC on behalf of clients and consultancies. He has acquired funding for projects with multimillion Euro valuations and has extensive experience of working closely with clients to deliver complex problems.

  •  Dr David Cheshire
    Associate Writer

  • Dr David Cheshire

    David has extensive experience of the Healthcare Sector working in Pharmaceutical R&D for over 20 yrs. In his many roles he has gained considerable project management skills as well as contributing to over 45 patents and scientific papers. He gained a PhD in Chemistry in 1987 and continues to be motivated by science and innovation.