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Pioneer 10 launch

The finalists in a programme to find Nottinghamshires leading business pioneers have been announced.

After months of submissions ten local businesses have been shortlisted to go head-to-head for the chace to win a support package worth £15,000.

All the shortlisted firms will now receive one-to-one coaching and guidance, opening up new commercial opportunites and boosting each companies chances of success.

The Pioneet 10 programme has been managed by Oxford Innovation, and has been hosted across all three Nottinghamshire Innovation centres, Mansfield i-Centre, Newark Beacon and Worksop Turbine.

The shortlisted finalists are:

  • Os Morgan - Kraft Werks
  • Teri England - Red Fox ID
  • Irma Gilbert - Co Fabrico LTD
  • Rebecca Aldridge - Balance: Wealth Planning Limited
  • Tim Calnan - CS Design Software
  • Paul Belshaw - Smartersoft
  • Steve Harrison - The Coaching Company
  • John Morley - i-Sourcer
  • Kyth G Fotitt - Newark Hoverflights UK
  • Billie-Anne Warriner - Fosse Cashflow Solutions

In addition to the contest, the programme has also supported more than 130 businesses within the county since launching in May. This has been through a 100% funded free growth coaching programme, including workshops, online tools and support.

David Smith, Business Growth Director at Oxford Innovation said: 'The Pioneer 10 community has supported, fostered and encouraged growth through a comprehensive programme of support. All designed at furthering innovation and commercial success across Nottinghamshire.'

'As part of the process, we asked for people to apply to become pioneers. The ten ideas with the most potential have now been selcted to receive highly valuable one-to-one support from our experts.'

'We are looking forward to supporting and rewarding businesses that are innvating within their industries, and we now have the tough task of selecting just two.'

This year, choosing the final two we have a panel of 6 expert judges.

The two winning businesses will be announced at the grand finale event, which is being held on Wednesday 1st March at The Mansfield i-Centre.

Fore more information about the Pioneer 10 progamme and to register for the grand final, visit