How we've helped VRCade

Growth Hub case study

Business overview

VRcade Newquay has been a real success story since it first opened in April 2022. Customers have been flocking through the doors to experience virtual reality (VR) for the first time or to bring family and friends along for the ride.

Offering a range of different VR experiences for people to enjoy, you can try your hand at being a pilot, have a game of virtual laser tag or channel your inner adventurer in creepy horror games and immersive realms.

VR has become extremely popular in recent years as many embrace the escapism in bringing these fun video games to life. It is so popular, in fact, that Kieran Walton, VR consultant at VRcade Newquay, says the company could not have anticipated a better response.

With Newquay being a popular tourist hotspot, they were busy from the get-go, particularly during the Easter and summer holidays.

“Even when we first opened in Easter, I think we underestimated just how busy it actually got in Newquay,” said Kieran.

“It’s been an amazing journey so far.”

They can provide really useful information for you and give you the right support to get your business off the ground.”


How we helped

Much like the character in any beloved video game, Kieran and his team started their business quest (mostly) alone and without much guidance. They were unsure of what their next steps should be to get the business off the ground.

With a business entirely centred around technology, there is always the chance of running into a few technical issues which can hold up the development of a new business. So, Kieran and his colleagues began looking for both advice and technical support.

“We were trying to find some help and advice and we were recommended the Growth Hub,” said Kieran.

“It was great being able to chat to one of the Growth Hub connectors and they spent the time with us as well, none of it was rushed, and it was really helpful for us.”

After directing Kieran and his team to Falmouth University and Immersive Business, the Growth and Skills Hub also signposted them towards educational webinars. Further learning opportunities have also been offered to VRcade in the form of training courses to allow the team to develop their skills even further.

“I’ve managed to develop my own skills within the tech business and really learn new things with VR and see what the future is about,” said Kieran.

“It’s giving me confidence to be proud of what I’m doing and learning every day in the tech world.”

“If you’re a new business owner and you’re starting up for the first time, I definitely recommend reaching out to the Growth Hub as they can provide really useful information for you and give you the right support to get your business off the ground.”


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The Cornwall & Isles of Scilly Growth Hub from May 2016 -  June 2023 was part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and match funded by Cornwall Council, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Local Enterprise Partnership.  The project received £2,848,591.49 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. 

Business name VRCade
VR Cade
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It’s giving me confidence to be proud of what I’m doing