Business Health Check

Monday 9 September 2019
Newark Beacon Innovation Centre

This free, one to one session offers guidance and support to help you grow your business. It is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and hosted by D2N2 Growth Hub in partnership with Newark & Sherwood District Council. In this one-to-one 90 minute session, a business adviser will provide guidance on a range of marketing topics and answer some of the most commonly asked questions such as:

  •  How can marketing help grow my business?
  • What’s a marketing plan and should I have one?
  • How do I find and reach customers?
  • What types of marketing should I use?
  • How do I create and build my brand?
  • What can I achieve on a small budget?

Whether you’re new to marketing or looking to embed marketing into your business, you will receive practical advice and information on the tools, tactics and techniques to make your marketing more effective.

The session topics are not solely limited to marketing; you will have the opportunity to pose questions to an adviser on a range of business issues. From access to finance to expand, guidance on the latest legislation or practical business support, you will be provided with up-to-date, valuable and relevant information.

Depending on your business needs, a follow-up business review can also be arranged which is a free of charge service to small and medium sized enterprises across the D2N2 region.

Who should attend?

This session is most suited to those businesses who have been trading for over a year, are looking to grow and expand and operate within the B2B sector (businesses selling/servicing to other businesses) and are based in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham or Nottinghamshire. 

To register your place 

Or email Sue Nattrass for more information.   

Connecting You - Good for Business

Networking Event
Wednesday 11 September 2019
Newark Beacon Innovation Centre

This free informative event gives Chamber members and non-members the opportunity to hear about the wealth of business support currently available in the East Midlands.

While networking with other like-minded business people as well as Chamber staff, attendees will come away from the event with the knowledge of a raft of business support services they can currently access.

To book your place please click here or ring Sue Nattrass on 01636 655277 for more information.

Digital Skills Academy

Are you ready to reach your digital potential?

Free training and support to learn digital skills that will harness your potential. Courses include digital marketing, web development, cyber security and more. Please see the invitation below for more information.

Future First Expo 

Showcase your business to employees of the future! 

Future First Careers Expo
Wednesday 6 November 2019
Newark Showground
9:30am to 3pm 

A call to the business community to engage with years 11-13 from schools within Newark and Sherwood.

Future First can help -

  • Raise brand awareness 
  • Raise the profile of your organisation with future workforce
  • Support your corporate social responsibility
  • Uncover and build talent pipelines
  • Share career opportunities
  • Being part of a young person's life

Exhibit for FREE with sponsorship opportunities available

For further information please email Veronica Dennant  or call 01636 655260

How to secure public sector contracts

East Midlands Chamber of Commerce and Partners have a arranged a public procurement seminar which is aimed at any small and medium sized businesses based in North Notts.

This free event focuses on public procurement processes, and seeks to boost the confidence of smaller businesses to tender for locally-available work in Newark & Sherwood, Mansfield, Ashfield and Bassetlaw

The event is being held on Tuesday 19 November 2019, from 8am to 1130am at the Summit Centre, Kirkby in Ashfield

For more information please see draft agenda enclosed and link with further information.

If you are interested and would like to attend please click on the following link to book your place booking page or contact Sue Nattrass on 01636 655277 or email

Please note there is a limited amount of spaces available and only aimed at local firms in the North Notts

Dignity at Work

Wednesday 20 November 2019
Newark Beacon Innovation Centre

Every employee has a role to play in creating a positive and inclusive culture within their organisation. This free ‘Dignity at Work’ workshop will explore all aspects of workplace bullying and harassment, helping you to recognise and challenge unwanted behaviour.

It is open to every job level and is a great opportunity to bring along your own examples and questions.

The session is hosted by Camino HR and supported by Newark & Sherwood District Council and Invest Newark & Sherwood. 

For further information please ring Sue Nattrass, 01636 655277 or email

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.

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.

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Great North Road
NG24 1BY

01636 650000


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