Business news and events

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Using Your Digital PR to Grow Your Business

Using Your Digital PR to Grow Your Business workshop will take place on Thursday 22nd March 2018 at Edwinstowe House, Edwinstowe, Nottinghamshire, NG21 9PR. The workshop will commence from 830am and conclude at 1pm.

PR can boost your bottom line. But for many entrepreneurs PR is either a black art, total mystery, or out of their reach financially.

The Using Your Digital PR to Grow Your Business gives entrepreneurs the confidence, skills and tools they need to start doing their own PR using the new digital tools available.

This workshop that is taking place is free to attend for small and medium sized enterprises. It will be of particular interest to those who have responsibility for corporate communications, marketing and digital content.

To register your place please click here.

Or for more information please contact Sue Nattrass on 01636 655277.

Business Health Check

D2N2 Growth Hub in partnership with Newark and Sherwood District Council are offering free business health check sessions.

  • Do you have a desire to grow your business and are looking for guidance and support?
  • Do you require access to finance to expand, guidance on the latest legislation or practical business support?

In this one-to-one 90 minute session, a D2N2 Growth Business Advisor will provide you with valuable advice and insight to help your business flourish. Plus, you will be given the opportunity to pose questions, get practical tips and obtain information.

You can attend on 14 February or 14 March 2018 at Newark and Sherwood District Council, Castle House, Great North Road, Newark, NG24 1BY. 

To register your place please follow this link.

For more information please contact Susan Nattrass, 01636 655277

Expo East – Connecting Businesses across the East of England
Wednesday 25 April at Newark Showground

If you do business in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire and would like to promote your company, products or services to your closest geographical neighbours, or if your business is in a neighbouring county and are looking to expand your supply chain, your customer list or simply wish to showcase yourself to the East of England then this is the expo for you.

There are a number of packages available if you wish to exhibit or it is free to visit if you pre-register

NEW Local Improvement Scheme

Local voluntary and community organisations in Nottinghamshire can apply for grants up to £50,000 as part of the new Local Improvement Scheme from Nottinghamshire County Council.

Grants are available to support

  • Capital projects to help pay for a new asset or to improve an existing one like land, buildings and play equipment
  • Revenue projects to help support the day-to-day running costs of community schemes including room hire, staff costs, volunteer expenses and utility charges.

Please read the information for applicants guide before you start to apply for Local Improvement Scheme funding to check the eligibility criteria.

D2N2 Growth Hub ScaleUp Service

If your company is growing at a pace that is hard to manage, then D2N2 Growth Hub ScaleUp could be the ideal solution.

This service runs until March 2018 and is made available exclusively to a limited number of companies in 3 categories of high-growth business:

Scale-up business - businesses with at least 10 people, turnover between £1-15m annual growth of 20%+ for the last 3 years.

Potential Scale-up business - businesses with at least 10 people, a turnover of between £1-15m and that have achieved some of the ScaleUp criteria, such as annual growth of 10% for the last 3 years or 20%+ for the last 2 years.

Ambitious Businesses - businesses that can demonstrate their potential to scale up along with partial scale-up characteristics, such as: right size but not growing because they need specific help.

Once a business makes contact, it will undergo initial eligibility checks. Eligible businesses will then be referred to a well-trained and highly knowledgeable ScaleUp advisor to determine the most suitable and appropriate support package.

For more information please visit the D2N2 growth Hub.

Oxford Innovation

To mark the 30th anniversary of Oxford Innovation they are running a UK-wide competition to identify the next generation of exciting growth businesses.

If you're an innovative SME looking to build on your success, this is a great opportunity to be recognised for your efforts and get the support you need.

Apply now and be in with a chance to win up to £10,000 worth of office space and support to grow your business.

Starting in Business Programme

From bookkeepers and beauticians to cupcake bakers and care agencies, whatever business you dream of starting NBV can help you transform your idea to a business and support you with a fantastic package of training and funding.

The course, open to pre-start businesses, provides everything you need to know to get your small business up and running. The course is aimed at people who would benefit from in-depth knowledge on how to become self-employed or start their own small business. Over two weeks you will learn all of the skills that you'll need to start and manage a successful small business.

For more information contact Sue Nattrass / 01636 655277 or call 0844 887 2586

Growing Places Fund

Round four of the Growing Places Fund is now open offering loans between £250,000 and £2million to individual companies or organisations to finance capital (building and infrastructure) investment, resulting in business growth and job creation.

Funded projects must be located within D2N2 LEP’s area, covered by the administrative boundaries of Derby City, Derbyshire County, Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County local authorities.

Funding is limited and preference will be given to projects which deliver on the LEP’s strategic priorities and key areas of economic focus. More information on these is available on the D2N2 Website and in its Strategic Economic Plan.

Applicants will need to return their Expression of Interest form to Lewis Stringer by email to 

There is no cut off date by which applications must be received, at this time, though applicants are encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible.

For more details on the scheme visit the D2N2 website.

Pioneer 10

Pioneer 10 is a new and free business awards and growth programme which is open to start-ups and ambitious SMEs across Nottinghamshire. It offers free business training workshops along with the opportunity to win a package of support up to the value of £25,000

Pioneer 10 offer a series of workshops that are free to attend for start-up and growth businesses across Nottinghamshire. The events will take place at the three Nottinghamshire Innovation Centres– Mansfield i-Centre, Newark Beacon and Worksop Turbine which are managed by Oxford Innovation

Delegates will be encouraged to use the knowledge gained from the workshops to submit their business idea for the Pioneer10 awards programme.

Ten start-up or growth businesses will be selected to receive one to one coaching and guidance from our experienced business experts. This stage will open up a world of new possibilities for business owners and significantly increase their chances of success.

The panel of judges, taken from business leaders across Nottinghamshire will then select two of these Pioneers to receive high value / high impact business support packages worth up to £25,000 leveraging the resources of Oxford Innovation and their partners

Please see website

OR For further details please ring 01909 512183 or email

Business Assist Programme

If you're a trading business you can receive expert, impartial business advice from advisers you can trust. Running your own business can be a lonely occupation. What could improve this?

How about the advice of an impartial, experienced business person? Someone to act as a sounding board, providing focussed and objective assistance. If you think you could benefit from a fresh perspective the NBV Business Assist programme could be just what you need.

Grant in Enterprise 

As an existing business you could access up to £2,500 of funding to help your business. NBV have directly supported local businesses to access over £2m in grant funding over the past 3 years and they are now offering businesses in Newark and Sherwood the Grant for Enterprise.

Eligible businesses can claim up to £2,500 for specific projects or investments. In order to be eligible you must:

  • Fit the criteria of Small and Medium Sized Business (SME)
  • Have commenced trading
  • Only trade business to business, not retail or business to consumer.

For more information on the grants available visit the NBV Grant in Enterprise website or call Sue on 01636 655277.

Free Digital Training Courses

Brush up your digital skills with free training courses offered by eBusiness Club East Midlands. Find out about the various training opportunities available locally by visiting the ebusiness club website.

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Great North Road
NG24 1BY

01636 650000


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