Chair of D2N2 and Tramlink Nottingham awarded OBE

obe 1Peter Richardson, Chair of the  Local Enterprise Partnership, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, it was announced today (June 17).

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

Peter was appointed Chair of D2N2 in November 2012. D2N2 is the private sector-led partnership of business, local authorities, skills and training providers, and community and voluntary services providers which promotes economic growth across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire

Since January 2016, Peter has also been Chairman of Tramlink Nottingham; the consortium behind Nottingham’s tram network.

Responding to today’s announcement, Peter said: “I am grateful to everyone who has supported me throughout my career and this recognition is as much for them as it is for me.

"I love Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, and it's been an honour and a privilege to work with so many wonderful people in all sectors and communities.”

A prominent business figure in the East Midlands, Peter has worked in the financial services sector for most of his career, and was Chief Executive Officer of Derbyshire Building Society until 2008.

He is a past Chair of Derbyshire Business Link and Derby Cityscape URC, and also of the Derby Renaissance Board on which he still sits; and is a former member of the Governing Council of the University of Derby.

Peter also chaired the Championing Derbyshire Olympic Legacy 2012 Committee.

He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Nottingham University Business School.

Peter currently also runs a business consultancy.  P10 Judges 2

Award Winners at The Turbine

Worksop home care firm hailed as one of region’s finest

Worksop Guardian Press Release for Resident customer - Sherwood Prime Care.

Sherwood Prime Care

A home care provider based in Worksop has been recognised as one of the top ten care firms across the East Midlands. Sherwood Prime Care, which operates from the Turbine in Shireoaks, received the “Top 10” accolade from                                          

This was based on the home care provider’s reviews from  people they care for, as well as their friends and relatives.                                       

The win has been hailed as a huge achievement as there are 546 home care providers listed in the region.         

Jo Lambert, founder of Sherwood Prime Care Limited, said: “When we started this business, it was our intention to provide a high-quality home care service in our area, with a dedicated team of happy employees.  “We truly believe that if staff are happy and well trained, they will deliver the best service to our customers.  “We are now going into our fifth year and we are very proud to say that we have achieved this by sticking to our original values and genuinely caring about our service users and staff.   

“We are overwhelmed to have won the award and would like to thank them, our staff and our lovely service users and their families, who have taken the time to review us.”

Read more at:

A huge well done to all the team at Sherwood.  We are so proud to be your base!  Keep up the amazing work.


Launch Event - New Spaces at Worksop Turbine

Worksop Title Banner WEB

To unveil our new facilities here at The Turbine we will be hosting a formal open day on Thursday 29th June.

Stating at 12pm you will be given the opportunity to have a tour of the new Office Space, Business Lounge Meeting Rooms and Cafe. Complimentary refreshments will be available on arrival, followed by brief speeches from key partners. This will be followed by a light lunch and chance to network with other business from across Nottinghamshire from 12:30pm.

Our new facilities include;

  • New Café & Business Lounge
  • Refurbished meeting & conference facilities
  • Fully air-conditioned 742 Sq ft office space

Register for the event here.

Oxford Innovation Celebrate 30 Years

Oxford Innovation reaches a special milestone

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

OI Anniversary headerresized

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.

2743 OI 30 Year Anniversary Logo SYMBOL

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

Entry deadline: 14th August 2017.

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

Businesses fly the nest from Worksop Turbine



March 2017

Businesses fly the nest from Worksop Turbine Centre

Business is booming at an Innovation Centre in Worksop which has helped three businesses fly the nest.

Largely down to the business support provided during their tenancy, businesses; NMJN Accountants, The Kit Monkey and Redheads Digital have continued to grow and, all graduated to larger premises.

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.

Redheads Digital, are one of the Turbine’s longest residents. Having spent more than seven years at the centre, their continued success has led the printing business to a move to larger premises on the Dukeries Industrial Estate.

Jon Pearson, General Manager said: “The Innovation Centre is definitely a worthwhile move if you are serious about expanding your business. So much stuff is taken care off, like utilities, which allows you to concentrate on running the business.

The fact you are surrounded by lots of other companies is advantageous, and the advice at the centre is invaluable. We can’t thank them enough for guiding us through the process of gaining a £20,000 grant for machinery, from Nottinghamshire County Council’s Economic Development Capital Fund.”

Military and camping equipment specialists The Kit Monkey have spent the last 14 months at Worksop Turbine and will move to larger premises in Langold later this month.

Stuart McCluskie, owner of the business, said: “The need for larger premises has led to me having to leave the site. The business support is great and it helps you on your way.”

Michelle Howe, a senior accountant and tax specialist, worked for 23 years as an Inspector of Taxes at HMRC before leaving to work as a Director of taxation at a firm of accountants in Sheffield.

Back in August 2014 Michelle moved her own business, NMJN Accountants into Worksop Turbine, eventually moving into a space almost five times the size of her initial start-up office. At the beginning of February Michelle and her team moved to The Point in Shireoaks, where they have bought their own property.

Michelle said: “We moved into an office at the Turbine in August 2014 and each time we have outgrown our office space the Centre have been able to accommodate us by moving us to bigger offices.

“With the help and support from David Smith, Business Growth Director, our business has now outgrown The Turbine and we have relocated to our own business unit.  As an Innovation Centre the Turbine has everything a small business needs to grow.”

Claire Gregory, Centre Manager at Worksop Turbine said: “This demonstrates the value of the ongoing business coaching service offered by the centre, which evolves with the changes in strategic focus of an early stage business. Worksop Turbine provides the support and community environment for a business to realise their full potential and growth aspirations.”

Councillor Diana Meale, Chair of Economic Development Committee at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “The County Council is committed to supporting the growth of businesses in Nottinghamshire through the county’s innovation centres in Worksop, Newark and Mansfield. It’s great to hear about companies like Redheads Digital, The Kit Monkey and NMJN Accountants going from strength to strength with the help of the specialist advice and supportive environment they provide.”

For more information about how Worksop Turbine can provide business support or serviced office space for your new and growing business, please contact Claire Gregory, Centre Manager on 01909 512 100 or visit


PR 6