Finalists revealed in quest for innovation champions 

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The finalists in a programme to find Nottinghamshire's leading business pioneers have been announced.

After months of submission ten local businesses have been shortlisted to go head-to-head for the chance to win a support package worth £15,000.

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

The Pioneer 10 programme, has been managed by Oxford Innovation, and hosted across the three Nottinghamshire Innovation Centres, Mansfield i-Centre, Newark Beacon and Worksop Turbine.

The shortlisted finalists and their companies are:

  • Os Morgan – Kraft Werks
  • Teri England – Red Fox ID
  • Irma Gilbert – Co Fabrico Ltd
  • Rebecca Aldridge – Balance: Wealth Planning Limited
  • Tim Calnan – CS Design Software
  • Paul Belshaw – Smartersoft
  • Steve Harrison – The Coaching Company
  • John Morley – i-Sourcer
  • Kiyth G Fotitt – Newark Hoverflights UK
  • Billie-Anne Warriner – Fosse Cashflow Solutions

In addition to the contest to find the 10 pioneers, the programme has also supported more than 130 businesses in the county since launching in May through a 100 per cent funded, free growth-coaching programme including workshops, online tools and support.

David Smith, Business Growth Director at Oxford Innovation, said: "The Pioneer 10 community has supported, fostered and encouraged growth through a comprehensive programme of support. All designed at furthering innovation and commercial success across Nottinghamshire.

"As part of the process, we asked for people to apply to become pioneers. The ten ideas with the most potential have now been selected to receive highly valuable one-to-one support from our experienced experts.

"We are looking forward to supporting and rewarding businesses that are innovating within their industries, and now have the tough task of selecting the top two."

After further evaluation, two of the 10 pioneers will be selected by a panel of judges for a long term, high value, high impact business support package.

This year, choosing the final two is down to; Paul Stuart, Head of Enterprise at East Midlands Chamber of Commerce, Peter Richardson, Chair of D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership and Steve Upcraft, Nottingham University's lead on SME engagement. Julie Reader-Sullivan, of Newark & Sherwood District Council, Mark Mirfin, Managing Director of Love Your Skin, and Femi Ogunshakin, Director of Loftus Stowe Ltd also make up the judging panel..

The £15,000 support packages include one year of business coaching and office space from Oxford Innovation; a year's membership with East Midlands Chamber of Commerce; a digital marketing package; legal guidance.; a social media consultation with professional digital headshots; a HR start-up package, and much more.

The two winning businesses will be announced at the grand finale event on Mansfield i-Centre on Wednesday, March 1.

For more information about Pioneer 10 Notts and to register for the grand final, visit: www.pioneer10-notts.com.

An introduction to Enabling Innovation: How NTU can help your business

Wednesday 25 January 2017 9am - 12pm

Newark Beacon Innovation Centre, Beacon Hill Office Park, NG24 2TN

Nottingham Trent University invites you to join us at the first of a series of innovation events to be held across North Nottinghamshire.

Join us at Newark Beacon Innovation Centre on 25 January for the second of four events showcasing NTU’s Enabling Innovation offer available to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) from the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire area. Running from 9 am until 12 pm, you can hear about the varied offer from the University specialists who will be offering support to businesses over the next 3 years. The Enabling Innovation team will also be showcasing the programme at the  Markham Vale Environment Centre on 1 March.

An Additional opportunity for SMEs to book onto a 1 to 1 session is available for individuals to meet our hubs and discuss how NTU can offer you support for your enterprise.

If you wish to book on to a detailed 1 to 1 session with a representative from Enabling Innovation to discuss any specific offers, these can be booked in advance by contacting us on +44 (0)115 848 8899 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information please go to http://ow.ly/RNRc307Tyx6

A Very Warm Welcome to AJS Compliance

AJS Compliance pride themselves on providing a personal SHEQ consultancy service and can offer a variety of health and safety advice and training. We're really pleased to welcome them to Newark Beacon.

For more information on what they offer please go to: http://www.ajscompliance.co.uk/

Free Ingenuity Events in January

Performance: the art of professional presentation

13th January 2017, 9.15am-3.30pm, Sir Colin Campbell Building, University of Nottingham Innovation Park

In business, we all have to ‘perform’ to a variety of different audiences, whether customers, colleagues, employees, suppliers or collaborators. In a world where our audiences make rapid judgements, professional presentation has never been more important in achieving our business objectives. Join us for this free one-day workshop to explore how to present with confidence, structure and create a meaningful connection with your listener.
For more information and to register visit http://bit.ly/PerformanceWorkshop or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Evidence-based marketing: communication that works

17th January 2017, 7.45-9.30am, Sir Colin Campbell Building, University of Nottingham Innovation Park

It’s easy to communicate something to our customers, but can we ever be sure it’s really what we meant? Evidence-based marketing is a way to make sure we can. It builds on principles from psychology, data science, information science and artificial intelligence research, to help us find out how effective our communication is, and how to make it better. Join us for networking, a free breakfast and the opportunity to learn something new at the first in our 2017 programme of Ingenuity breakfast events.
For more information and to register visit http://bit.ly/EvidenceBasedMarketing or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Business Growth Director Features in East Midlands Chamber Magazine

We're really proud of this article by our Business Growth Director David Smith that has featured in The East Midlands Chamber Magazine.

David has a wealth of business support experience and has supported many of our customers past and present. To view his article please go to http://ow.ly/wgNn3074zV4 and the article starts on page 28.

Small Business Saturday Events A Success

Many thanks to all who attended our Small Business Saturday events across the county. There were some great pledges made and it was lovely to meet so many local businesses.

For more information on the pledges please contact reception on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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newark beacon supports small businesses

You may be aware of an initiative called Small Business Saturday UK which is a not-for-profit, grassroots national campaign, which exists to support, inspire and promote small businesses on the first Saturday in December each year.

The campaign encourages businesses to promote themselves and work with other small businesses, and consumers to ‘buy local’ and support small businesses in their communities.

The three Nottinghamshire Oxford Innovation Centres are supporting the initiative by way of a celebration of local businesses through a networking coffee morning (or afternoon) in Worksop, Mansfield and Newark. This will take place in the run up to the event on 28th and 29th November.

You are invited to join us at the event and we will also be inviting outside businesses to attend. This is a great opportunity to get involved in this national campaign and to network with your fellow tenants and also to showcase your business to external companies.

Dates for each event are:

 Monday 28th – Newark (2pm – 4pm)
 Tuesday 29th – Worksop (10am -12 noon), Mansfield (2pm - 4pm)
 Refreshments and cake will be provided at each centre.
 If you want to get involved and share your photos and tweets etc on the day please use @newarkbeacon and:
 

Hashtag - #SmallBizSatUK and @SmallBizSatUK

If you want to find out more about small business Saturday, please visit the website.
https://smallbusinesssaturdayuk.com

We look forward to welcoming you to the event and in the meantime, if you have any questions please get in touch.

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Halloween Cake Sale at Newark Beacon

We've had a spooky start to the week here at Newark Beacon, with a cake sale for Macmillan Cancer Support. There's cheesecake, coffee cake, brownie, apple cake and even pumpkin & orange cake available as well as much more!

Cake Sale

 

Grants - How to Identify and Win Funding for Your Business

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, hosted by D2N2 Growth Hub in partnership with Oxford Innovation and delivered by our very own Business Growth Director David Smith, 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 details and to book your place please visit the link below.

http://www.d2n2growthhub.co.uk/events-training/7/event-details?id=2236

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University of Nottingham Ingenuity Exchange Events

Performance: The Art of Professional Presentation

 15th November 2016, 07.45-09:30am

Sir Colin Campbell Building, Jubilee Campus, University of Nottingham, NG7 2TU.

There is a need to finesse your public voice and performance in all business settings. We know that many of you communicate and ‘perform’ to a variety of different audiences to deliver your business objectives. This breakfast event draws on University expertise to offer a different perspective and advice to help you in your business interactions. Dr Xenia Pestova will discuss performance anxiety and a range of approaches and practical coping techniques. Our second speaker, Martin Berry, will use his extensive experience in theatre to discuss how to present with confidence, structure and a meaningful connection with the listener. For more information and to register visit http://ingenuitygateway.com/ingenuity-breakfast-event-15th-november-2016/ or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.