Nottingham Trent University Drop in Surgeries

Want to find out how Nottingham Trent University can help your business?  Michelle Collard, Innovation Outreach Project Manager from Nottingham Trent University will be hosting a local drop in business surgeries at Newark Beacon on Friday 11th March, 10.00am – 2.00pm to give you the chance to chat about the free business support services that the university offers such as their tailor made business support projects and employability services.

There is no need to book a place so please feel free to drop in at any point during these sessions for a cuppa and an informal one to one chat with her.  Michelle will be located in the cafe area and welcomes the opportunity to discuss your business needs, as well as understanding your views on what free support you think the university should provide in the future.  If you have any further enquiries about these drop in surgeries please contact Michelle directly on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 0115 8482125.


PRESS RELEASE: newark beacon helps take camino HR on a joURNEY THROUGH TIME

Local businesswoman, Jane Rawlins, is launching a brand new venture in Newark this month, inviting people with an interest in British history and heritage on a unique holiday experience.

Starting with a one or two week tour that takes a small group of travellers on a 10,000 year journey - from Neolithic to Medieval times in week one and from Tudor to modern Britain in week two - Camino Tours is anticipated to prove popular with overseas visitors and UK residents alike.

Inspired by Jane’s passion for travel and heritage, the specialist touring company will run alongside her thriving employment consultancy business – Camino HR - both now ‘virtually’ based at Nottinghamshire’s popular Innovation Centre, Newark Beacon.

The Beacon’s virtual office service now provides Camino HR, and Camino Tours, with a phone answering service, reputable address, meeting spaces and training rooms, whilst day-to-day business is conducted on client premises or in her home office.

“When we decided to start up Camino Tours, we knew it was time to take the next step in leasing a ‘virtual office’.” Said Jane.

“Having a reputable office base is essential, particularly in the consumer market place. It gives us a professional image whilst being extremely cost-effective,” she continued.

As a customer of Newark Beacon, Jane has also learned a lot from attending free workshops and some one-to-one marketing and business development coaching sessions.

“The Beacon has been a brilliant move for us in every way. I had plenty of support through business advice that has really helped me to focus on the launch of Camino Tours, whilst taking on an additional person to support my HR company’s growth.”

Oxford Innovation’s Incubation Director and Business Advisor, David Smith explains: “As part of our service we offer support in all aspects of starting, running and growing a business. We truly thrive on our customers’ success. Jane’s is a great news story and an inspiration for the growing number of people starting up in business these days.”

Jane is currently inviting anyone interested in her historic tours to come along on a reduced-price weekend break in the Heart of England to explore their favourite historical period.

For more information of this introductory offer, please contact Jane on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. For information on the facilities offered by Newark Beacon, please visit;

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Pictured: Jane Rawlins (Photograph by Mark Mirfin – LYS Photography)

 About Newark Beacon

Newark Beacon is a facility created to support local start-ups and growing companies, by offering professional office space solutions in flexible and supportive packages. It is part of a network of centres managed by Oxford Innovation, the UK’s leading operator of innovation centres. Newark Beacon is managed by Oxford Innovation on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council. For more information, visit:

About Camino Tours

Visit, or call Jane Rawlins on: 01636 653066.

About Camino HR

Visit, or call Jane Rawlins on: 01636 653066


A big thank you to Liam Lally from East Midlands Chamber for delivering an inspiring and informative presentation, YouTube and Video Sharing for Business this week.  Liam covered the benefits of YouTube, Vimeo, Vine and Instagram along with an introduction on developing a video marketing strategy.

 The feedback we had:

 “Thoroughly enjoyed it and got a lot of value from it.”

 “Really enjoyed it and found it tremendously eye opening!”

 “Will help to increase volume of leads and conversions through video marketing”

 We are planning to host a further event on this topic in the near future – speak to reception for more details. 



A Warm Welcome to Altodigital

We're very pleased to welcome Altodigital to the Newark Beacon family.

"Established for over 35 years, Altodigital has grown steadily and consistently to become one of the UK’s most successful and respected office technology specialists. Today we provide a dedicated service for over 8,000 businesses and on their behalf we look after over 35,000 printing and copying devices and managed services.

Providing local on the spot support the company operates from a series of 12 regional offices and employs over 450 staff and are proud to provide services directly to clients."

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A very warm welcome to Able PR, a media relations consultancy agency from the Isle of Man. Lead by former journalist Les Able they know how to create good relations between the media and business. We are sure Les has some interesting stories and look forward to hearing them!


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Launch that marketing machine!

Thanks once again to Lindsey Newman-Wood of Passion Marketing for sharing her marketing expertise in this morning’s practical and informative half-day workshop.
Lindsey provided a variety of hints, tips and techniques that we can all take away and implement in our business right away.  Lindsey also brought us right up to date with current marketing thinking and practices with a focus on how to get the most from digital and video marketing.

What our delegates said:

“It got me thinking about lots of ideas we can use for marketing”
“Helped me to see where we need to develop”
“It was useful to think outside the box in terms of being different to competitors”
“This has given me real clarity – now to take action!”

If you missed out on this event but would like to attend, we are hosting it again at Worksop Turbine (6th October) and Mansfield i-Centre (3rd November).  Please speak to reception to reserve your place.

Welcome to Textbook Teachers

Textbook Teachers is firmly established as the leading teaching agency in the East Midlands and East Anglia region providing a high quality professional service to schools and teaching staff who register with them.

Teachers and Support Staff

From the moment you ring you will be given a warm welcome by their highly trained professional consultants who will spend time finding out how they can help you to secure the position you want.

They will match the correct candidate to a suitable positions in primary, secondary and special needs schools where they can expect short, medium and long-term supply work as well as the opportunity of a permanent post.

So, if you are looking to reduce your hours, return to work or looking for your very first position in education their consultants can offer help and plenty of support.

With an excellent reputation and some of the best rates of pay, Textbook Teachers can offer you the opportunity to help secure your future.


Textbook Teachers are an independent education recruitment agency who work in partnership with schools and provide high quality teachers and support staff.

Their primary aims are to provide a maximum value, cost effective service to schools and local authorities whilst offering a highly personalised service and a small company culture where people matter and business is valued.

They are proud to have been awarded Local Authority Preferred Supplier status from Peterborough and Lincolnshire which reflects their continued commitment to providing an excellent service to all their schools and teachers and acknowledges their rigorous safeguarding policies for the protection of children.

Each of their consultants have been trained to fully understand all the challenging financial and local issues that schools face and the importance of the role they play in child protection.

For further information, please have a look at their website

Can you beat your 'fear' of blogging? - i Did!!

I have attended numerous workshops regarding blogging and although they were good, I never really walked away with that aha moment. 

A full day workshop, Blogging for Business, was hosted at Newark Beacon in partnership with eBusiness Club and delivered by Liam Lally of Zaddle Marketing.

The day started by being presented with a larger ‘text’ book of information and already my brain was starting to scream “Get me out of here, you know I hate blogging”

• Blog – What is it?
• Hosted and non-hosted?
• Widgets?
• Templates?
• What are RSS feeds? 
• Adding text to photo’s.
• Getting ideas and using them wisely

What an Inspirational day! The content was fantastic and delivered in an easy to understand and friendly style.  My favourite bit of information was the template styles, and that was the aha moment I was wanting.  The light bulb went off and now I cannot seem to switch it off.

Blogging is easy and not as scary as I originally feared.  If I can change my feelings in one day, then so can you!

For more information on forthcoming events please contact Ruellyn Reynolds via e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Blogging for Business


Three years on: Building an “Innovation County”

Oxford Innovation publishes details on Nottinghamshire Centres Performance

Operated by Oxford Innovation on a 5 year contract for facilities management and business support; the centres at Worksop, Mansfield and Newark are all owned by different partners but operated as an integrated network.

This report covers the 3rd year of the contract, after a period of significant investment during one of the most challenging economic climates of modern times. We are delighted to be able to say that we are now starting to see a tangible return on the vision and ambition of the partners for Nottinghamshire to be recognised as an “Innovation County”. In the last twelve month period there have been notable advancements in:

  • Local economic growth
  • New business start-ups
  • Employment
  • Occupancy levels in the centres

During the same period innumerable jobs have been safeguarded both inside the centres and through the wider supply chain. In addition to this over 120 companies have benefitted from Oxford Innovation’s dedicated one to one business support programme since the start of the contract – supporting opportunities for individual growth.

We have achieved a great start to realising the potential in Nottinghamshire and will seek to build on this with partners, Oxford Innovation and other stakeholders to ensure that innovation in Nottinghamshire delivers its full contribution to economic growth in the county.

For more details download a copy our report here