Launch Event - New Spaces at Worksop Turbine

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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.

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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

Entry deadline: 14th August 2017.

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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

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