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Business competition launched to celebrate 30th anniversary

Worksop Turbine 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 Worksop Turbine 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.

Claire Gregory, 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.

Claire Gregory 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 1 September 2017. To enter or find out more, visit

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

Worksop Turbine Innovation Centre in £270,000 facelift

A “special buzz” has been created at a centre in Worksop aimed at growing small businesses thanks to a new café which has opened as part of a £270,000 facelift.

The work has helped create an even more vibrant atmosphere at Worksop Turbine Innovation Centre – which is managed by Oxford Innovation on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council.

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It is the first time the centre has had a café for two years, and the new venture has created a new business and three jobs. The purpose-built eatery is helping to further encourage collaboration between entrepreneurs.

The investment from the County Council has also funded a larger conference room at the centre based in Coach Crescent, Shireoaks and a new 742 sq ft office to extend the number of serviced office spaces and workshops for growing and start-up businesses to 58. The improved conference centre seats up to 70 people, replacing the smaller 50-seat room previously used for events, and has the potential to earn the County Council up to £20,000 a year.

Claire Gregory, Centre Manager at Worksop Turbine Innovation Centre, said: “We’re very proud of what we do at the Innovation Centre to nurture the job creators of the present and future, but we’re still constantly striving to further improve the services we offer.

“The new café has only been open for a few weeks and has already created a special buzz adding to the already vibrant atmosphere, while the conference room, which can be spilt into two, offers dynamic options for businesses wanting to stage small or large events or workshops.”

A special launch ceremony was held on Thursday, June 29, to mark the official opening of the café and new-look conference facilities after four months of building and development work, with resident businesses, council representatives and members of the region’s business support community all attending.

Councillor Reg Adair, Deputy Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, spoke at the event and said: “I’m delighted to see this investment in Worksop Turbine so that it can continue to help local businesses develop in a supportive environment. More than 220 people are employed by the 39 tenant businesses at the Turbine, including 37 new jobs created over the last 12 months which is testament to its on-going success. Out of small acorns come sometimes very large businesses and that’s what they can inspire here.”

David Pearson, Director of Partnerships and Membership Services at East Midlands Chamber, also addressed the audience. He said: “It’s essential for a small town like Worksop to have growth facilities and, from what I know of the centre, they are doing a great job.”

Fellow speaker Craig Hall, Managing Director of Ortus Group – which provides deliberation and pre-hospital and advanced vehicle monitoring services – moved into Worksop Turbine Innovation Centre after launching his business in 2011 from a standing start and now turns over £9m, operating from five units at the centre spanning 3,000 sq ft.

He said: “From being a one-man band starting up it was challenging but you have someone here offering support and who you can bounce ideas off. They have been brilliant for my business.”

The nearby business community as well as members of the public have been invited to use the café.

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The centre offers hot desks, virtual office support and office space from £325 plus VAT per month. The centre also provides on-site business growth coaching services and training workshops for resident businesses.

For more information, call on 01909 512 100 or visit

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.

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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.”

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