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.



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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


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.