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Mansfield i-Centre is helping to find the next Scale-up Star of the Future. A nationwide competition has been launched by Oxford Innovation, who manage this centre, to mark their 30th anniversary of supporting ambitious businesses across the UK.

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The nationwide competition has been created to identify the next generation of high-growth businesses. The winners can choose a tailored package in-line with their requirements and what support is needed. The unique offering includes:

- private/shared/lab/virtual workspace up to the value of £5,000 (offering current Mansfield i-Centre customers a discount on their existing tenancy)
- business coaching which will be delivered locally by expert consultants who are part of the Oxford Innovation network
- and opportunity to pitch to investors.

Any SME registered in the UK is eligible to apply no matter what stage they are at.

Sally Wharton, Centre Manager said: “There are a number of exciting small businesses in this area with growth potential and it really would be fantastic to see home-grown talent in the top three of the Scale-up Stars of the Future competition. I’d strongly urge people who are looking to scale-up their business to enter to benefit from professional support and Oxford Innovation’s 30 years of supporting business growth.”

Oxford Innovation has helped over 10,000 SMEs to become sustainable businesses since renowned entrepreneurs, Martin and Audrey Wood, founded the company in 1987. The husband and wife team also co-founded Oxford Instruments and The Oxford Trust.

According to a report* from innovation foundation, NESTA, just 6% of high growth companies generated over half of the UK’s employment growth.

Sally Wharton added: “We’re excited to discover the next generation of scale-up stars who will create jobs and help to strengthen the economy in this area in addition to ensuring the UK is at the forefront of innovation.”

To enter the Scale-up Stars of the Future competition, businesses are required to complete an online application form and submit a short three-minute video summarising the business, innovation, growth plans and how you could benefit from Oxford Innovation’s support. The deadline for entry is 14 August 2017. To enter or find out more, visit oxin.co.uk.

* NESTA report that looks at the role of fast-growth companies in the UK

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 Chair of D2N2 & Tramlink Nottingham awarded OBE

Peter Richardson, Chair of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, which was announced on June 17th.

He has received the OBE (Order of the British Empire) honour “for services to enterprise and growth in Nottingham”.

Peter was the lead Judge in our Pioneer 10 Enterprise competition last year, and his support in selecting and guiding our successful Pioneers is greatly appreciated.

The team at Mansfield i-Centre would like to congratulate Peter on this well-deserved award in recognition for his support for enterprise.

 

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 Here he is with Billie-Anne Warriner, winner of Best New Business Pioneer, at the Pioneer 10 final in March 2017.

Oxford Innovation Reaches a Special Milestone.

This year marks an important year for Oxford Innovation, as we celebrate 30 years of supporting ambitious entrepreneurs.

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We have an outstanding track record of success in incubating and accelerating high growth SMEs through our network of Innovation Centres, the provision of specialist coaching services and funding through our well-established investor networks.

Driving Innovation since 1987

Martin and Audrey Wood, inspired by the challenges faced by entrepreneurs, set up The Oxford Trust, a charity which continues to support enterprises and through which Oxford Innovation was born in 1987.

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Over the past 30 years, we have supported over 10,000 SMEs to become sustainable businesses, creating high value jobs, innovative products and services and as a result, enhanced local economies.

Scale-up Stars of the Future - Business Competition

To celebrate this special milestone we are running a national competition, Scale-up Stars of the Future, to identify the next generation of exciting growth businesses. The competition is open to any UK-registered SME requiring business support to help achieve their high-growth ambitions. Winners will receive a tailored business support package which could include, but not limited to:

  • Diagnostic analysis of the business model
  • Up to 30 hours of professional coaching
  • Introductions to investors
  • Potential for SEIS/EIS investment
  • Incubation Support

The entry deadline is 14th August 2017.

If you would like to find out more information about the business competition, please visit www.oxin.co.uk or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

PIONEER 10 WORKSHOP: UNDERSTANDING BASIC EMPLOYMENT LAW

TUESDAY 2ND MAY AT NEWARK BEACON INNOVATION CENTRE

ARRIVAL FROM 9.00AM FOR A 9.30AM START, FINISHING AT 12.00PM

Purpose:

We look at all the aspects of employment law that employers should be aware of if they have one or more employees in their business. Topics range from recruitment to the termination of employment, and help you to understand what you must do and what you should avoid doing. We make sure that you are aware of all employment rights, answer the questions that you may have been unsure about and probably dispel some myths as well.

Objectives:

By the end of the workshop participants should: 

  • Recognise the most important points of employment law which they need to be aware of
  • Have a complete and easy to use checklist to take back to work
  • Have had the opportunity to raise any employment questions relating to their business

To book your place please go to: ow.ly/uHwN30b9e76

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Pioneer 10 crowns Nottinghamshire’s top business pioneers

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Two businesses from Nottinghamshire have been crowned “champions of innovation” at a prestigious county-wide awards ceremony.

Red Fox ID and Fosse Cashflow Solutions were chosen as the two leading pioneering companies following a ten month support programme, which has helped more than 130 businesses across the county.

Pioneer 10 Notts was designed for entrepreneurs and business owners who are ambitious to grow. The programme provides the support and recognition needed to accelerate and grow business throughout Nottinghamshire. Managed by Oxford Innovation, this annual programme was hosted across the three Nottinghamshire Innovation Centres;Mansfield i-Centre, Newark Beacon and Worksop Turbine.

After a difficult shortlisting period, ten businesses were chosen to pitch at the grand final on Wednesday, 1st March. Hosted, at the Mansfield i-Centre, all 10 businesses were in the running to win one of two support packages worth £15,000.

Best Business Growth Pioneer, Darren Bungay, Head of Business Development at Stubton-based Red Fox ID, which develops sophisticated vehicle recognition technology for the toll road industry, said: “For a team that have historically developed a leading technology in this industry, we saw an opportunity to re-invent and update it, to address the challenges facing the 21st century road user charging industry.

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“We are a small regional business with big ideas. Now, with the support we'll receive from winning Pioneer 10, we are much better positioned to take on the challenges of this global marketplace. This means a huge amount for us.”

Best New Business Pioneer, Billie-Anne Warriner, founder of Fosse Cashflow Solutions – cashflow specialists which provide bespoke credit control services – collected the award on the first anniversary of her venture.

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She said: “It means everything to win. I have worked so hard, and the sacrifices I have had to make after having a baby seven months ago, I have had to give up a lot of my time with him to get the business to where it is, so this means a lot.”

All the shortlisted firms will now receive one-to-one coaching and guidance, opening up new commercial opportunities and boosting each business’s chance of success.

David Smith, Business Growth Director at Oxford Innovation, said: “Following months of help, support and shortlisting, Pioneer 10 came to a conclusion in dramatic style.

“It was amazing to hear about how people had built up businesses through passion and determination, while at the same time continually innovating to help turn their dreams into reality. Everybody on the night did excellently but Red Fox ID and Fosse Cashflow Solutions were our champions of innovation.”

Judge Peter Richardson, Chairman of D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, added: “To me, what was most tangible was the inspiration and passion. Despite the challenges they each face, the programme has been a really worthwhile.”

Other finalists included; Co Fabrico Ltd, Balance: Wealth Planning Limited, CS Design Software, Smartersoft, The Coaching Company, i-Sourcer, Newark Hoverflights UK and Kraft Werks.

In addition to the business awards, since launching in May the Pioneer 10 has offered a free growth-coaching programme which includes; workshops, online tools and coaching support.

To find out more about this year’s programme, and future programmes in Nottinghamshire go to Pioneer10-notts.co.uk.