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Mr Simon Baines

Job: Innovation Centre Manager

School/department: Department of Research, Business and Innovation

Address: The Innovation Centre, 49 Oxford Street, Leicester, LE1 5XY

T: +44 (0)116 257 7505




Publications and outputs

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Role summary 

Simon is responsible for De Montfort University’s Innovation Centre. His role covers the management of day-to-day operational requirements for the centre, and business support provision for its tenants and the wider business start-up community.

Areas of expertise

The Innovation Centre offers incubation space for small and medium sized start-up businesses from the local area. It also offers networking and business support provision, hot-desk facilities, and meeting room hire.  

Students and Graduates are encouraged to use the building’s facilities, both through structured programmes such as the Enterprise Inc. programme and DMU’s Enterprise Society, or for their own enterprise-related activity. 


Simon has previously worked for Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, Next, and Leicestershire County Council in similar operational management roles. Simon also has experience in digital marketing.  

Memberships, Honours and Professional Qualifications

Certificate In Management Studies (CMS)