Knowledge Exchange for innovation

Knowledge Exchange for Innovation The University of Derby is running a project called Knowledge Exchange for Innovation (KEI) which is designed to support SMEs to collaborate with the university. The programme enables SMEs in the D2N2 area to employ a graduate to undertake an innovation project.

SMEs Wanted The University is looking for KEI project applications from SMEs across a wide range of industries and sectors. Similar in many ways to the national Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) programme, each KEI project will consist of 3 key component parts: 1. The Business, 2. The Graduate (Affiliate), 3. The University (academic).   

  • A recently qualified graduate will be recruited to undertake a bespoke project to identify innovative solutions to enable your business grow.
  • Businesses will also have free access to University expertise as well as a 30% grant to support the costs of employing the Graduate.
  • Project length – typically 6 – 18 months.  Projects will need to include a sound business rationale, detailing why the project is innovative to the business and what impact the KEI project is going to have in terms of business growth and expansion. For the purposes of a KEI project, innovation can be something which is new to the business, a step change or new way of doing business – not just the development of new products and processes.

> Click here to find out more about Knowledge Exchange for Innovation (KEI).

Facebook Marketing Workshop

Tuesday 4th October 2016

9.00am – 12.00pm

Newark Beacon Innovation Centre, Newark

With over 1.1 billion users, you can’t afford to ignore Facebook – your customers, competitors, suppliers, employees, partners and future customers are all using Facebook. You should be too.

After getting started on Facebook, many businesses struggle to get real results from their Facebook marketing efforts. This half day workshop can help you take your Facebook marketing to the next level covering everything you need to get better results faster.

The workshop will cover:

  • The importance of a well thought out social media strategy and plan
  • Examples of great social media marketing and how it fits with your business
  • The benefits of Facebook groups, events and business pages.
  • What to post, attracting fans and encouraging engagement.
  • Best practice and measuring your success on Facebook.

The session is run by Lindsey Newman-Wood from Passion Marketing who strives to make all her workshops engaging, fun and full of hints and tips to take away and use in your business right now.  The event also offers an opportunity to network with other businesses attending.

The event is free to attend and spaces are limited.  Priority will be given to customers of Newark Beacon including Virtual Business customers booking by 26th September.

To book, please contact reception.  If you are interested in the event but cannot make the date, please enquire with reception as we are also running the event at our Centres in Mansfield (26th September) and Worksop (10th October).

Free events by the university of nottingham

Into The Future: I Didn’t Expect That 

27th September 2016 07.45-09:30am, Tuesday 27th September 2016

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

Business leaders, politicians and many others continue to ignore the patently obvious. The 2007/2008 financial crisis was ‘unexpected’, and our recent vote for Brexit came as a ‘surprise’. In this breakfast session, futurist Christopher Barnatt returns to explore the challenges and opportunities raised by the many elephants in the future room. Christopher Barnatt has been a professional futurist for over 20 years, he was an Associate Professor of Strategy and Future Studies at Nottingham University Business School and his presentations are always one of the highlights of the Ingenuity events calendar: or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Conquering Contracts: Take Control of Your Ts & Cs

12th October 2016 1.00-5.00pm, Wednesday 12th October 2016

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

Dealing with contracts is part and parcel of running a small business, but amidst the pressures of everyday business management, reviewing your terms and conditions of trade can often slip down the priority list. All businesses should regularly check their contracts and standard terms and conditions. This free session, delivered by The University of Nottingham’s School of Law, will consider both B2B and B2C contracts and aims to provide a number of pointers that a business should consider when performing such a check. For more information and to register visit or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Congratulations to the three business across our Nottinghamshire Centres who have, with assistance from our Business Growth Director David Smith, applied to Nottinghamshire County Council’s Capital Grant programme for grants totalling £120,000.  All three have been invited to the final stage of application and we wish you every success in the next round.

David’s services are available exclusively for customers of Mansfield i-Centre, Newark Beacon and Worksop Turbine.  If you would like to speak to David please contact him on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or contact reception.

Members of East Midlands Chamber – have your say!

Don’t forget that the closing date for the East Midlands Chamber Members’ 2016 Satisfaction Survey is Friday 1st July.  This short survey will take only around ten minutes to complete. You can remain confidential if you wish. However, if you give your business details, you will be entered into a free prize draw for the chance to win one of three Chamber vouchers worth £250, redeemable against future events, training courses or even your membership renewal fee.

To take part in the survey, follow the link  

Free People Skills' Surgeries for Newark Beacon Customers

Kath Baker of Kath Baker Associates will be at Newark Beacon on Tuesday 28th June and will be available to meet with you confidentially and on a “one to one” basis.

Typical areas that could be covered include:

  • Are you recruiting the right person?  Identifying the skills gap within your business to ensure you are seeking the right skills and competencies that are required for your business and to fit with your existing team.
  • How to interview effectively
  • Effective people management skills – guidance for those that are relatively new to line management
  • Improving team motivation/ morale
  • Skills analysis of your team – what are their strengths, and where could they improve?
  • What makes a great leader?

The cost of this support will be covered by Oxford Innovation so there is no cost to you. This is only available to customers of Newark Beacon, including Virtual Customers.

If you're already a customer of Newark Beacon email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book your time slot.

If you're interested in future opportunities like this call 01636 653100 to find out about our office & virtual space today!

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Our Mission to Grow Business

Pioneer 10 Powers Business Forward

Grow your business with our intensive programme of free tools and support. Attend workshops led by business experts and be in with a chance of being selected as one of 10 Pioneers to receive one-to-one coaching. Two Pioneers will then be selected from the 10 to receive, extensive, long-term business support worth in the region of £25k.

Operated by Oxford Innovation, and based at across the Nottinghamshire Innovation Centres; Mansfield i-Centre, Newark Beacon and Worksop Turbine, the Pioneer 10 programme is building a business community that propels the next generation of pioneers into the future. Our programme fuels the growth of industry and innovation in Nottinghamshire. By leading the future of enterprise we are energising this local economy.

Pioneer 10 is funded in partnership with Nottinghamshire County Council, Bassetlaw District Council, Mansfield District Council and Newark & Sherwood District Council and it is available to entrepreneurs and businesses at all stages to help drive growth.



Pioneer 10

Care After Combat Opening Event

The team would like to wish a very warm welcome to Care After Combat, who opened their Newark office here at Newark Beacon on the 6th April. The office was opened officially by Robert Jenrick, MP for Newark and will cover the midlands and the North.

Comedian and founder of Care After Combat Jim Davidson made a small speech at the opening; which can be viewed here:

Care after Combat are a UK based charity providing professional assistance for the well-being of the Veteran and their family.

Care after Combat was founded in December 2014 by Jim Davison OBE, (Executive Chairman) Simon Weston CBE and “Goose” Cryer MC. The charity’s philosophy is grounded in the Sergeants’ Mess with the majority of its personnel having served in the armed forces.

Project Phoenix, which aims to reduce re-offending in the veteran prison population, became operational in May 2015 since then it has developed in line with expectation. It is available to all veterans who are serving the final 18 months of their sentence.

A full write up of the openeing event is available on the Newark Advertiser website:

For more information on Care After Combat visit:

 Care After Combat Opening Event