“CREST support has enabled us to accelerate product development and the advice given by Dr Andrew Miles has been invaluable.”

Chris Greenhalgh

Director, Wolf Logic, Beneficiary

“…CREST…advised us on a successful application we made to the PARSEC Accelerator for funding towards a business idea. Shortly afterwards they identified another potential funder and are helping us with a new bid. The bid we have made to PARSEC will provide us with the opportunity to generate more business with other local companies. This is in turn could lead to more employment and technological expertise in Shropshire.”

Jonathan Terry

Director, Sylvan Resources, Beneficiary

“Thanks to funding from the EA and inspiration from the CREST team led by Vicki Ayton and Dr Anne Wheeler, and the software expertise of Yarrington in Shrewsbury,  we are delighted to announce the launch of the first version of the RiverHealthChecker App!

Pete Lambert

River Projects Manager, Shropshire Wildlife Trust

“I have been thrilled with the support I have received from CREST. There is only myself in the business at the moment, so having a team to bounce ideas off has been invaluable. It was fantastic to be able to develop this new upcycling offering with them, working out routes to market as well as new supply streams for waste fabric. Going forward I can reasonably see taking on staff too, which wouldn’t have been possible without their help. I can’t recommend them highly enough, and will miss their inputs.”

Heather Crowe

Calluna Graphix, Beneficiary

“CREST has created new leads as they’ve put forward several possible collaboration ideas for our software solution and have offered to put us into networking events with an eye to doing a presentation to hopefully bring in leads from attendees.”

Neil Everton

Director, Formative IT, Beneficiary

“Thanks so much for your advice so far, the best thing that could have happened to us was our Dragon’s Den experience with you. We’re not holding our breath but the meeting went well and we’d pulled together a good, clear presentation which was well received.”

Sophie Peach

Co-Founder, Shrewsbury Cup, Beneficiary

“We thoroughly enjoyed the morning; hearing comments and challenges from the group was extremely useful and has given us some valuable alternative perspectives… [for product development]”

Matt Baynham

Islabikes, Beneficiary

We have been guided through the process of submitting bids through Innovate UK as we develop our own ‘knowledge’ hub and increased office space in the centre of Shrewsbury.


We have also undertaken collaborative working in respect of the University’s work on indoor air quality and are currently discussing the possibility of work placements.


The whole experience of working with the CEREST team has been very positive and has certainly contributed towards the growth of our business.

Neil Dady

Managing Director, Evora Edge, Beneficiary

“The GIS workshops have been very insightful and increased my knowledge of open source tools available for geospatial mapping and analysis. I have implemented methods presented in the workshops into GeoSmart’s workflows which have improved productivity. 

Jon Haycox

Data Manager, GeoSmart, Beneficiary

“…benefited from business support from CREST in the form of technical service support to kick start a new service offering around SUDS, which has helped win consultancy work and will underpin growth in the next financial year.” 

Hannah Fraser

Director, H. Fraser Consulting, Beneficiary

“The Shrewsbury Water Forum has been instrumental in helping me network with potential local clients and partners during SWF events. The Forum is also very important in enabling young professionals to gain experience of showcasing their work to an informed audience.”

Peter Baur

Shared Water, Water Forum Member