Meet the Team

Sharn Haywood-Higgs

Business Finance Specialist

Investment Readiness Programme – Access to Finance

Under the Investment Readiness – Access to Finance Programme Helen offers support to Pre-Start, Start-Up and Established Businesses, based in Birmingham, Solihull & the Black Country, who have ‘High Growth Potential’. The support is to help them to develop commercially credible funding raises. To help build on their inherent capabilities to achieve accelerated growth, performance, productivity, attain high GVA and create high value jobs.

Sharn has supported businesses for many years, in many different roles including start-up business support and high growth business support. She worked for Oxford Innovation Services on the very successful, Manufacturing Growth Programme, covering the Birmingham and Solihull area from 2016 to 2023. Helping businesses to accelerate growth with grant funding for consultancy and capital projects. Sharn has a passion for working with all businesses that have great ideas and potential, and she truly believes we have a plethora of these businesses in the West Midlands.

Away from work Sharn’s passion is her wildlife photography. She travels all over the UK, to capture stunning wildlife images. Her work is often published in local papers and is she has many followers on Instagram.

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Covid-19 Statement

Update – Wednesday 15th December 2021

Our Innovation Centres remain operational and accessible, and provide a safe environment for our staff and customers. We continue to assess the risk of COVID-19 alongside the latest guidance from government. In the meantime our Innovation Centre remains COVID-19 Secure and fully open for business. Our detailed risk assessment can be found here.