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.

If you would like to find out more information about the business competition, please visit www.oxin.co.uk or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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.

Please go to: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/accounting-for-success-tickets-34651300974 to book your place


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: www.olimetcalfe.com

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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

To book your place please go to: ow.ly/wNp630b9dfq


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."

For more information please go to their website: http://resourcebureau.co.uk/


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).

For more information please go to: http://www.warnerstilingandbathrooms.co.uk/home

Pioneer 10 crowns Nottinghamshire’s top business pioneers

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Two businesses from Nottinghamshire have been crowned “champions of innovation” at a prestigious county-wide awards ceremony.

Red Fox ID and Fosse Cashflow Solutions were chosen as the two leading pioneering companies following a ten month support programme, which has helped more than 130 businesses across the county.

Pioneer 10 Notts was designed for entrepreneurs and business owners who are ambitious to grow. The programme provides the support and recognition needed to accelerate and grow business throughout Nottinghamshire. Managed by Oxford Innovation, this annual programme was hosted across the three Nottinghamshire Innovation Centres; Mansfield i-Centre, Newark Beacon and Worksop Turbine.

After a difficult shortlisting period, ten businesses were chosen to pitch at the grand final on Wednesday, 1st March. Hosted, at the Mansfield i-Centre, all 10 businesses were in the running to win one of two support packages worth £15,000.

Best Business Growth Pioneer, Darren Bungay, Head of Business Development at Stubton-based Red Fox ID, which develops sophisticated vehicle recognition technology for the toll road industry, said: “For a team that have historically developed a leading technology in this industry, we saw an opportunity to re-invent and update it, to address the challenges facing the 21st century road user charging industry.

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“We are a small regional business with big ideas. Now, with the support we'll receive from winning Pioneer 10, we are much better positioned to take on the challenges of this global marketplace. This means a huge amount for us.”

Best New Business Pioneer, Billie-Anne Warriner, founder of Fosse Cashflow Solutions – cashflow specialists which provide bespoke credit control services – collected the award on the first anniversary of her venture.

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She said: “It means everything to win. I have worked so hard, and the sacrifices I have had to make after having a baby seven months ago, I have had to give up a lot of my time with him to get the business to where it is, so this means a lot.”

All the shortlisted firms will now receive one-to-one coaching and guidance, opening up new commercial opportunities and boosting each business’s chance of success.

David Smith, Business Growth Director at Oxford Innovation, said: “Following months of help, support and shortlisting, Pioneer 10 came to a conclusion in dramatic style.

“It was amazing to hear about how people had built up businesses through passion and determination, while at the same time continually innovating to help turn their dreams into reality. Everybody on the night did excellently but Red Fox ID and Fosse Cashflow Solutions were our champions of innovation.”

Judge Peter Richardson, Chairman of D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, added: “To me, what was most tangible was the inspiration and passion. Despite the challenges they each face, the programme has been a really worthwhile.”

Other finalists included; Co Fabrico Ltd, Balance: Wealth Planning Limited, CS Design Software, Smartersoft, The Coaching Company, i-Sourcer, Newark Hoverflights UK and Kraft Werks.

In addition to the business awards, since launching in May the Pioneer 10 has offered a free growth-coaching programme which includes; workshops, online tools and coaching support.

To find out more about this year’s programme, and future programmes in Nottinghamshire go to Pioneer10-notts.co.uk.  

D2N2 Growth Hub Event: How to Identify and Win Funding for your Business

Wednesday 5th April, 9am- 12pm at The Newark Beacon Innovation Centre

This workshop is funded by the European Regional Development Fund and is hosted by the D2N2 Growth Hub in partnership with Oxford Innovation.

Do you feel that it’s always someone else that secures grant funding? Do you know where to find grants? And are you deterred by the application process?

This event will help you identify the correct funding for your business and help you to submit a competitive proposal. Key issues we will cover include:

• Who are “the funders” and what are they looking for?

• Capital and Revenue funding

• State Aid – what does it mean?

• Application process – top tips (and common mistakes)

• Financial projections – what are the funders looking for?

• Examples of some of the funds available today.

For more information and to book your place, go to: http://ow.ly/D9sr309vApX

Welcome to Sage Blue

We would like to say welcome to Sage Blue who have joined Newark Beacon this week.

Sage Blue is an award winning consultancy founded on the vision of "Create a boutique Organisational Development Practice with global reach that inspires & transforms workplace thinking and behaviours."

For more information please go to their website: www.sageblue.com

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