Pioneer 10 Workshop: Communicating Effectively As A Business

Monday 11th September, 9am - 12.30pm at Newark Beacon Innovation Centre

Effective communications and marketing play a vital role in any organisation’s performance. Keep ahead of the competition and update your skills in this short, interactive workshop providing participants with a taster and introduction to the key themes and actions involved in effective communication.

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Newark Beacon is helping to find the next Scale-up Star of the Future. A nationwide competition has been launched by Oxford Innovation, who manage this centre, to mark their 30th anniversary of supporting ambitious businesses across the UK.

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The nationwide competition has been created to identify the next generation of high-growth businesses. The winners can choose a tailored package in-line with their requirements and what support is needed. The unique offering includes:

  • private/shared/lab/virtual workspace up to the value of £5,000 (offering current Newark Beacon customers a discount on their existing tenancy)
  • business coaching which will be delivered locally by expert consultants who are part of the Oxford Innovation network
  • and opportunity to pitch to investors.

Any SME registered in the UK is eligible to apply no matter what stage they are at.

Becky Hawkins, Centre Manager said: "There are a number of exciting small businesses in this area with growth potential and it really would be fantastic to see home-grown talent in the top three of the Scale-up Stars of the Future competition. I'd strongly urge people who are looking to scale-up their business to enter to benefit from professional support and Oxford Innovation's 30 years of supporting business growth."

Oxford Innovation has helped over 10,000 SMEs to become sustainable businesses since renowned entrepreneurs, Martin and Audrey Wood, founded the company in 1987. The husband and wife team also co-founded Oxford Instruments and The Oxford Trust.

According to a report* from innovation foundation, NESTA, just 6% of high growth companies generated over half of the UK's employment growth.

Becky Hawkings added: "We're excited to discover the next generation of scale-up stars who will create jobs and help to strengthen the economy in this area in addition to ensuring the UK is at the forefront of innovation."

To enter the Scale-up Stars of the Future competition, businesses are required to complete an online application form and submit a short three-minute video summarising the business, innovation, growth plans and how you could benefit from Oxford Innovation's support. The deadline for entry is 1 September 2017. To enter or find out more, visit

* NESTA report that looks at the role of fast-growth companies in the UK

D2N2 Chair and Pioneer 10 Judge Awarded OBE

Peter Richardson, Chair of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, which was announced today (June 17).

He has received the OBE (Order of the British Empire) honour “for services to enterprise and growth in Nottingham”.

Peter was the lead Judge in our Pioneer 10 Enterprise competition last year, and his support in selecting and guiding our successful Pioneers is greatly appreciated.

The team at Newark Beacon would like to congratulate Peter on this well-deserved award in recognition for his support for enterprise.

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This year marks an important year for Oxford Innovation as we celebrate 30 years of supporting ambitious entrepreneurs.

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We have an outstanding track record of success in incubating and accelerating high growth SMEs through our network of Innovation Centres, the provision of specialist coaching services and funding through our well-established investor networks.


Martin and Audrey Wood, inspired by the challenges faced by entrepreneurs, set up The Oxford Trust, a charity which continues to support enterprises and through which Oxford Innovation was born in 1987.

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Over the past 30 years, we have supported over 10,000 SMEs to become sustainable businesses, creating high value jobs, innovative products and services and as a result, enhanced local economies.


To celebrate this special milestone we are running a national competition, Scale-up Stars of the Future, to identify the next generation of exciting growth businesses. The competition is open to any UK-registered SME requiring business support to help achieve their high-growth ambitions. Winners will receive a tailored business support package which could include, but not limited to:

• diagnostic analysis of the business model
• up to 30 hours of professional coaching
• introductions to investors
• potential for SEIS/EIS investment
• incubation support

Entry deadline: 14th August 2017.

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Networking 19.06.17

Come and join us on 19th June for some refreshments, bacon cobs & the chance to network with other local businesses. To book your place, please email rThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pioneer 10 Workshop: Accounting For Success

Date: Tuesday 27th June 2017

Location: Newark Beacon Innovation Centre, Beacon Hill Office Park, Cafferata Way, Newark, Notts, NG24 2TN

Time: 9.00 for a prompt 9.30 start, finishing at 12.30

This workshop will untangle all you need to know regarding financial compliance to allow you to focus on running your business without worrying about tax and other financial issues.

Workshop Objectives:

  • Sole Trader, Partnership, Limited Company – what are the benefits of each and which one is right for you?
  • Record keeping – what records you need to keep and systems to help you do so
  • Tracking the financial performance of your business
  • Tax returns – what, when, how?
  • VAT – what is it and do you need to register?
  • Understanding the compliance and legislative aspects of running a business.

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Welcome to Oli Metcalfe Design

We are very excited to have Oli Metcalfe Design joining us here at Newark Beacon.

Oli Metcalfe is a Production, Lighting and Visual Designer specialising in live performance, he has over 20 years experience working in entertainment design and technology.

To find out more about Oli Metcalfe Design please visit:

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Pioneer 10 Workshop: Understanding Basic Employment Law

Tuesday 2nd May at Newark Beacon Innovation Centre

Arrival from 9.00am for a 9.30am start, finishing at 12.00pm


We look at all the aspects of employment law that employers should be aware of if they have one or more employees in their business. Topics range from recruitment to the termination of employment, and help you to understand what you must do and what you should avoid doing. We make sure that you are aware of all employment rights, answer the questions that you may have been unsure about and probably dispel some myths as well.


By the end of the workshop participants should: 

  • Recognise the most important points of employment law which they need to be aware of
  • Have a complete and easy to use checklist to take back to work
  • Have had the opportunity to raise any employment questions relating to their business

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Welcome to The First Resource Bureau

We would like to wish a very warm welcome to The First Resource Bureau, a recruitment agency who have just moved into office 20.

"With years of experience between us in the recruitment field, Resource Bureau specialises in providing top-notch staff to businesses nationwide. We specialise permanent solutions tailored to your needs. We have something in stock for every sector, to ensure delivery of high quality services at all times."

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Welcome to Warner's Tiling & Bathrooms

We would like to wish a very warm welcome to Warner's Tiling & Bathrooms who have joined us as a virtual customer.

Warner's Tiling & Bathrooms are Tiling, Bathrooms, Wet Rooms & Underfloor Heating Element Specialists who have been trading for 15 years.Warner’s Tiling & Bathrooms is City & Guilds accredited and complies with the Construction Skills Certification Scheme (CSCS) meeting all health and safety requirements.  The business is approved by MyBuilder, Rated People, a Topps Tiles recommended installer and a member of the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).

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