Business news and events

Check here for the latest business news and events for the Newark and Sherwood area.

Is Your Business Investment Ready?

An important part of growing any business is the ability to clearly and effectively pitch your business plan to investors and potential partners.

Newark & Sherwood District Council in Partnership with D2N2 Growth Hub are offering an Investment Readiness workshop on Friday 30 November 2018

For more information, click here:
Invitation: Is Your Business Investment Ready? (PDF File, 1,733kb)

Are you ready to grow your business?

Do you need to prepare for investment?

Do you know how to prepare for investment well?

Do you know what an Investor expects to see?

If yes, then this workshop is for you.

The day will lead to further mentoring and an opportunity to enter a competition to win a Business Support package worth around £3,000 through a competitive process. The venue will be the Beacon Innovation Centre, Newark and the day will be from 930am to approximately 4.15pm.

To register your place please email Sue at or if you require further information please ring 01636 655277/078341 74356

Stop Juggling and Start Living

D2N2 Growth Hub/Newark and Sherwood District Council
Edwinstowe House, High Street, Edwinstowe, NG21 9PR
Friday 16 November 2018
9am - 12:30pm

Ambitious for your business but frustrated by your finances?

Are your business finances stopping you living the life you want?

Do you have to much stress and uncertainty in your business?

Do you need better financial information, visibility and skills in your business?

Many small business owners with brilliant ideas and huge passions struggle, all because they never cracked the finances. And it makes a huge difference when you get even basic financial controls, information and a financial strategy in place.

But the good news is there are simple things you can learn to take control of your finances.

On this 3 hour workshop you'll learn;

  • How to create a financial strategy for your business that moves you towards the life you want
  • How to eliminate financial stress and worry from your business
  • What financial foundations and controls your business should have
  • What great financial information looks like - information that puts you in control and gets you focused on making profit and more cash
  • And you'll create your own Action Plan in the workshop to take back your business

The workshop is open to small and medium-sized businesses based in Newark and Sherwood. It will be particularly suitable for owners, managing/financial directors of established, ambitious businesses across all sectors, including the professional services.

To register your place please click here. If you require further information please contact Susan Nattrass ring 01636 655277/078341 74356.

D2N2 Growth Hub

D2N2 Growth Hub in partnership with Newark and Sherwood District Council are offering two free business health check sessions to be held 26 November 2018 and 5 March 2019.

  • 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 on practical business support?

In these one-to-one 90 minute sessions, 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 incisive information.

The free business health check sessions will be held at Newark and Sherwood District Council, Castle House, Great North Road, Newark, NG24 1BY.

To register your place please visit the links below:

26 November 2018

5 March 2019

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

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

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