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PRESS RELEASE

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Creative design company paves the way to success in Worksop Turbine move

A forward-thinking creative design company has described new beginnings at the Worksop Turbine Innovation Centre as “the best move made at the perfect time”.

Managed by Oxford Innovation, on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council, Worksop Turbine is one of three locations which make up the Nottinghamshire Innovation Centres group.

Together they provide a base of space and support to more than 175 innovative and growing businesses.

Tom Haslam, Creative Director of OLO Design, launched his business in 2016, from a purpose-built garage at his Mum’s house in Kiveton Park, Sheffield.

He said: “After graduating from Bournemouth University with a product design degree, I began a job for a construction and engineering company in Sheffield. I loved the graphic design element of my degree and felt I was limited in this role.”

“I made the decision to launch the business in 2015 and moved from my mum’s garage to a virtual office in Sheffield before finding Worksop Turbine.”

In the sixth months since joining the Innovation Centre, Tom has gone from strength to strength, and already doubled his annual gross turnover.

He said: “It was the best move made at the perfect time. I now have a professional space to work from – my creative den.

“The support here cannot be faulted, from the networking opportunities to the one-on-one support discussing and setting growth targets. It’s all a recipe for success and I am looking forward to growing my business with the Worksop Turbine.”

Claire Gregory, Centre Manager at Worksop Turbine said: “We pride ourselves on providing the flexibility, space and support to help businesses like OLO Design to prosper and grow. We welcome any new businesses to join our community, which provides the foundations for businesses to reach their full potential and growth aspirations.”

Offering bespoke creative design services including; logo design, branding, graphic design, web design and illustration services, OLO Design prides itself on creating solutions tailored to the individual needs of their clients. From small start-ups to much larger organisations, OLO Design has a range of solutions to suit many business needs.

Tom is part of a hotbed of pioneering businesses and entrepreneurs based at Worksop Turbine. As well as a wide selection of fully serviced offices, the centre also provides workshops, virtual business services, shared offices, hot desks, meeting and conference rooms.

Customers can also take advantage of in-house business support and coaching services, from our experienced Innovation Director.

There are currently a small number of offices in a range of sizes available at the Centre. For more information or to arrange a tour please contact the team on 01909 512100 or visit the website http://www.worksop-turbine.co.uk

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The Nottinghamshire Innovation Centres

Managed by Oxford Innovation on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council, the Nottinghamshire Innovation Centre’s provide a business base to over 175 growing businesses. Each Centre provides fully serviced offices and workshops, a virtual office facility, hot desk area, meeting and conference rooms. Customers benefit from flexible letting agreements, 24/7 secure access, free parking and a package of business support and coaching customised to the needs and growth aims of each business. The fully inclusive licence fee includes all utility costs plus a dedicated superfast internet connection.

  • Mansfield iCentre: Opened in 2001, Mansfield iCentre has 36 self-contained offices and 5 workshop units ranging from 144 sq ft to 1,200 sq ft, a café, customer break out rooms, fully staffed reception, and a children’s nursery. The Centre is located in Oakham Business Park a short distance from Mansfield town centre. www.mansfield-icentre.co.uk
  • Newark Beacon: Opened in 2007, Newark Beacon has 29 self-contained offices and 4 workshops ranging from 220 sq ft to 1,100 sq ft, a café, customer break out rooms and fully staffed reception The Centre is located a short distance from Newark town centre close to the A1 and Northgate railway station. www.newark-beacon.co.uk
  • Worksop Turbine: Opened in 2005, Worksop Turbine has 54 self-contained offices and 4 workshops ranging from 160 sq ft to 1,500 sq ft, a café, customer break out area and a fully staffed reception. The Centre is located just off the A57 on the outskirts of Worksop. www.worksop-turbine.co.uk

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Digital marketing experts delighted to gain place in prestigious awards final

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PRESS RELEASE

Thursday, May 17, 2018

 

Digital marketing experts delighted to gain place in prestigious awards final

 

A company specialising in digital marketing has spoken of their delight at being named among the finalists in a prestigious county awards final.

Marketing Labs, based at the Worksop Turbine Innovation Centre, has been picked from more than 180 entries to be named as one of three finalists in the Start Up Business of the Year category at the Nottingham Post Business Awards 2018.

Managed by Oxford Innovation on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council, Worksop Turbine Innovation Centre provides serviced office space solutions for growing and start-up businesses. As well as this, tenants can take advantage of on-site business growth coaching services and training workshops.

Since launching the business single handedly from a base at the Shireoaks Triangle Business Park 20 months ago, Matt Janaway, Marketing Labs Managing Director, has not only expanded his office space but also his team has grown to 12. Current projections indicate a gross revenue growth from £400,000 in year one to £900,000 by the end of year two.

Matt said: “Being nominated for this award is a good example of why the Worksop Turbine is so good. In just 20 months we have moved to our third office and grown to a team of 12 as well as being on target to double our gross revenue. We are now in a position that we are having to turn prospective clients away as we can’t take on any more work.

“Everything from the café, to reception team and business support provides start-up businesses, like us, with an excellent launch pad. We are delighted to have reached the final and hope that the judges have been impressed with our huge growth which has been achieved in a unique way without any marketing or advertising effort. Our success is purely on the back of word of mouth recommendations and our reputation within the digital marketing industry.”

Marketing Labs provide expert digital marketing advice and SEO strategy to around 100 clients covering a wide spectrum of industries from local window cleaners to multinational companies turning over £200 million a year. Each client has grown and benefited from their digital skills. In particular, one client achieved 913 per cent traffic growth in 12 months.

Matt added: “We offer SEO (Search Engine Optimisation) and digital marketing services. SEO is a fine art and it’s our bread and butter. With very few people understanding it – that’s where we come in. We offer cost-effective white-hat SEO, without cutting corners, to ensure the best online business growth possible for our clients.”

Claire Gregory, Worksop Turbine Centre Manager, said: “We really do value companies like Marketing Labs within our centres, not only to nurture and support their growth but to witness them develop and grow into successful companies. We wish them the very best of luck for the final.”

Winners will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony taking place at De Vere East Midlands Conference Centre on May 29.

L R Marketing Labs Richard Bloomfield Matt Janaway and Mike McManus

Oxford Innovation

Oxford Innovation is a leading operator of business and innovation centres that provide office and laboratory space to companies throughout the UK. The company also provides innovation services to entrepreneurs, including business planning advice, coaching and mentoring. Oxford Innovation also manages three highly successful investment networks that link investors with entrepreneurs seeking funding from £20,000 to £2million.

For more information: www.oxin-centres.co.uk

The Nottinghamshire Innovation Centres

  • Mansfield iCentre: Opened in 2001, Mansfield iCentre has 36 self-contained offices and 5 workshop units ranging from 144 sq ft to 1,200 sq ft, a café, customer break out rooms, fully staffed reception, and a children’s nursery. The Centre is located in Oakham Business Park a short distance from Mansfield town centre. www.mansfield-icentre.co.uk
  • Newark Beacon: Opened in 2007, Newark Beacon has 29 self-contained offices and 4 workshops ranging from 220 sq ft to 1,100 sq ft, a café, customer break out rooms and fully staffed reception The Centre is located a short distance from Newark town centre close to the A1 and Northgate railway station. www.newark-beacon.co.uk
  • Worksop Turbine: Opened in 2005, Worksop Turbine has 54 self-contained offices and 4 workshops ranging from 160 sq ft to 1,500 sq ft, a café, customer break out area and games rooms, and a fully staffed reception. The Centre is located just off the A57 on the outskirts of Worksop. www.worksop-turbine.co.uk

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Worksop Turbine's Marketing Labs in the final of Nottinghamshire Post Start-up Business Award

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Our Very own Marketing Labs have been nominated for The Nottighamshire post's start-up Business of the year award!

Matt Janaway and his team have succesfully secured a place in the final three ahead of the final on Tuesday 29th May. 

With over 180 applicant's in their catagory, to have reached the top three is an incredible acheivement. Huge Congratulations to you all from all of us here at The Turbine, we wish you the best of luck in the final.

Marketing Labs are one of the leaders in North Nottinghamshire for offering SEO (search engine optimisation) and Digital Marketing services. SEO is a fine art and it's our bread and butter here at Marketing Labs, with very few people understanding it - that's where we come in. We offer cost-effective white-hat SEO, without cutting corners, to ensure the best online business growth possible for your site.

As well as SEO, we also provide a number of other online digital marketing services to help with the overall digital marketing strategy for businesses. These include:

  • Google AdWords & Bing Ads management
  • Social Media Management
  • Local SEO
  • Google Algorithm Penalty Recovery
  • Email Marketing
  • Amazon and other eCommerce platform management
  • Content Marketing

Finally, as well as all of this, we also offer first-class web design and development services, ensuring that SEO is at the forefront of the project from start to finish - an area often neglected with new website design.

Our services have been incredibly well received. So much so, that we are even being recommended by the Chamber of Commerce East Midlands. Currently, we are working closely with a number businesses who have come through the Chamber of Commerce East Midlands Digital Grant process.

When CEO, Matt Janaway, moved away from an in-house Head of Digital role, he originally set out to move his "bit-on-the-side" freelance work, into a fully working digital marketing agency. His initial goal was to get the business up and running and to just get the company to a steady level, where it was making enough to cover his time and expenses. The business has now been going for a year and a half and has absolutely smashed Matt's original goal. Not only his personal goal but also goals for all clients. Every single client has grown and benefited from using Marketing Labs, including one client in particular that grew by 913% in 12 months.

We are now in a position where we have outgrown 2 offices within The Turbine in 18 months and are currently expanding within the Centre once again due to our rapid team expansion. Due to the success of our original handful of clients, we have never had to sell our services, we now have new clients continually knocking down the door, asking for Marketing Labs help!

No strangers to fame a chunk of the team at Marketing Labs were originally the eCommerce and Digital Marketing team that helped The Workplace Depot win the "Retail Business of the Year" category in the Nottingham Post Business Awards 2015. Lets hope its your award this time team!

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For more information or details for the awards follow the link below.

http://nottinghampostbusinessawards.co.uk

 

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What Makes a Good Brand - Networking Event

 

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 Great turnout this morning for our internal Networking event with Tom Haslam from OLODESIGN presenting What Makes A Good Brand!

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Thank you to all of you that attended. Look out for promotional material for our next event towards the end of April.

For more information please contact Adele on reception on 01909 512100

NOTTINGHAMSHIRE BUSINESSES URGED TO COMPETE IN BT AND CABINET OFFICE SEARCH FOR SMALL COMPANIES WITH BIG TECH IDEAS

 

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BT has launched a competition for small and medium businesses in partnership with the Cabinet Office and TechHub to find the latest innovations to boost digital public services, defence and retail.

            The partners are on the hunt for local businesses with expertise in machine learning, robotics and artificial intelligence. Focusing on the theme of ‘Augmented Intelligence,’ they want to see ideas that harness both the data processing powers of technology and the expertise of human manpower.

            The UK-wide initiative is the latest in a series of BT Infinity Lab competitions, with a £30,000 prize pot up for grabs for three winners. In addition to receiving £10,000, each of the winners will have six months to develop their idea with the support of industry experts and tech gurus from BT. They will also receive membership to TechHub’s global entrepreneur community, workspace and support programme.

            To enter, Nottinghamshire businesses will need to submit a three minute video explaining why their solution could be the next big tech innovation to help transform public services, retail or defence. Entries close on 12 March 2018. The winners will be announced after a judging event at the iconic BT Tower on the 24 April 2018.

To find out more, visit: www.btplc.com/btinfinitylab/augmentedintelligence or join in the conversation on Twitter: #BTInfinityAwards

Ricky Ricketts, executive director of Public Sector in the Midlands, said: “It would be great to see an ambitious local business benefit from the incubation on offer for the winners. The BT Infinity Lab competition is an incredible opportunity for Nottinghamshire businesses working at the cutting edge of digital innovation to take their big idea to the next level.”

The three categories in this year’s competition focus on the areas of defence, public services and retail. The judges are keen to see innovations that could help provide more insight to the military when planning an operation, humanitarian mission or disaster relief. They would also like to see how robotics could be used to make a retail experience more personalised, or improve a customers’ experience when they contact a public service.

This year’s judges include Simon Bourne, Co-Op chief information officer; General Sir Chris Deverell, Commander, Joint Forces Command Ministry of Defence; Alison Pritchard, chief operating officer for the Government Digital Service; and Elizabeth Varley, founder and chief executive of TechHub, as well as a range of executive public sector, retail and innovation experts from BT.

Margot James, Minister for Digital and the Creative Industries, said: “We want the UK to be the best place to grow a digital business and this partnership will give our dynamic, up-and-coming innovators the opportunity to develop the technology of tomorrow.
           "I look forward to seeing these ideas become reality and help improve our public services so everyone can benefit from the technological revolution as we build a Britain fit for the future.”   

Colm O’Neill, managing director of BT business and public sector, said: “Last year, our research found that AI (artificial intelligence) had divided the opinions of IT decision makers over whether it would replace or create jobs.

“With that in mind, we launched this year’s Infinity Labs competition with the theme ‘Augmented Intelligence,’ as we believe that there’s still work to do to demonstrate that automated technologies and business processes can play to the strengths of both people and machines.

“I’m looking forward to seeing all the entrants to this year’s Infinity Labs competition and to working together on the innovations that we could see transform defence, public sector services and retail businesses in years to come.”

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