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.



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.

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.

D2N2 Growth Hub

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 or contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Newark Primary School Teacher Celebrates £3million Turnover Providing Websites to Schools

A primary school teacher who started a business from his bedroom in Newark is celebrating a turnover of £3million.
PrimarySite, which was set up in 2002 by Geoff Millington and his late wife Rose, is now the UK’s largest and fastest-growing provider of websites to primary schools.

The success of the company, that now employs 58 staff and has achieved 15% market share across UK primary schools and academies, has been largely helped by Newark Beacon, which is managed by Oxford Innovation.
Newark Beacon provides flexible workspace and supports small businesses, and after helping PrimarySite secure £180,000 in funding, from Nottinghamshire County Council’s Nottinghamshire Economic Development Fund, the company is now moving into their own premises located in Newark town centre.

Mr Millington said: “Working from the Beacon was invaluable, allowing and helping us to concentrate on an actual strategic business plan.
“We were given help with targets and time scales and we began working towards a plan rather than just being reactive. The support we have had has been fantastic and because of this we have grown and now need bigger premises.
“The Beacon is the perfect support for start-ups and gives new businesses the leg-up needed for success and we are hugely grateful to the help we got for securing the funding which was pivotal to us moving premises.”
Mr Millington came up with the idea of the business after finding it difficult to update his school website pages.
He said: “When I was a teacher, the school had a website, which was not easy to update.
“I became frustrated by this and set up a content management system specifically designed for primary schools, to help primary schools update their websites as easily as possible.”

The business grew quickly and within five years Mr Millington gave up his teaching role at Bowbridge Primary School to focus on the business, which is when he moved to Newark Beacon.
By the end of 2012, PrimarySite employed 31 staff and had expanded into four offices at Newark Beacon. PrimarySite has since continued to grow, recently launching its 3,500th live website. The company is on target to generate a turnover of more than £4million this year and is moving to its own larger premises.

Andrea Thomson, Centre Manager at the Newark Beacon, said: “This demonstrates the value of an ongoing business coaching service that evolves with the changes in strategic focus of an early stage business.
“Initially our support was directed towards strategic development; competitive differentiation in the value proposition as well as operational excellence, followed by a focus on driving sales volume.”

Primarysite Press Release

For more information about how Newark Beacon can provide business support or serviced office space for your new and growing business, please contact Andrea Thomson, Centre Manager on 01636 653100 or visit

Free Legal Surgery at Newark Beacon

Tuesday 1st November 10.00am – 13.00pm

On Tuesday 1st November Ross Pierrepont, a Solicitor at Andrew & Co will be attending the Newark Beacon Centre to host a free legal surgery for tenants.

Ross, a Commercial Dispute lawyer based at Newark and part of the Employment and Dispute Resolution team will be on hand for the morning of the 1st November to offer free advice and guidance to any tenants that may have questions relating to commercial legal matters.

Examples of these might include:

  • contractual disputes including financial disputes
  • corporate disputes
  • debt recovery – small and large
  • employment advice

Legal surgeries can be an accessible way for you to gain some free confidential advice to point you and your business in the direction. If you have any questions you would like to discuss with Ross one-to-one we would encourage you to book an appointment with him, this can be done via reception at Newark Beacon.AndrewCo

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.