What Makes a Good Brand - Networking Event



 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



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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.”



For further information

Enquiries about this news release should be made to the BT Regional Press Office on 0800 085 0660. All news releases can be accessed at our web site: http://www.btplc.com/News

About BT

BT’s purpose is to use the power of communications to make a better world. It is one of the world’s leading providers of communications services and solutions, serving customers in 180 countries. Its principal activities include the provision of networked IT services globally; local, national and international telecommunications services to its customers for use at home, at work and on the move; broadband, TV and internet products and services; and converged fixed-mobile products and services. BT consists of six customer-facing lines of business: Consumer, EE, Business and Public Sector, Global Services, Wholesale and Ventures, and Openreach.

For the year ended 31 March 2017, BT Group’s reported revenue was £24,062m with reported profit before taxation of £2,354m.

British Telecommunications plc (BT) is a wholly-owned subsidiary of BT Group plc and encompasses virtually all businesses and assets of the BT Group. BT Group plc is listed on stock exchanges in London and New York.

For more information, visit www.btplc.com

D2N2 Employment and Skills Mapping Survey

Do you provide employment and skills advice, support or information to your local community?


You could be a housing association providing advice to tenants, a mental; health service or a small charity providing a general drop in service where employment and skills advice is given. You could be working from a village hall, your local community Centre, a school or event


These activities could be funded by a trust or funders like Tudor Trust, Esmee Fairbairn, Children in Need, European or local authority funding. Your organisation may even be funding this from its  own resources.  


We are keen to find some of those smaller unfunded organisations that may be providing employment and skills advice so whatever the size of your organisation we want to hear from you!


A mapping exercise is now underway to gauge the employment and skills provision available across Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Derby and  Derbyshire (D2N2 area).

This opens today (6th February 2018) and will be closing on 28th February 2018.

The purpose of the mapping is to gain a comprehensive understanding of the provision available at all levels across D2N2 area.

  • In Nottingham the information will be used to update information on the Nottingham Jobs Hub and the Ask Lion directory.
  • In Nottinghamshire we will use the information to create a new employment and Skills Zone on the Notts Help Yourself Directory.
  • In Derbyshire the information will be used to develop a platform that will sit under Derbyshire County Council’s Wellness Hubs and will be used to showcase provision on Derbyshire County Council’s website.
  • In Derby the information will be made public to help people who need access to employment and skills services.


If your organisation runs any employment and skills provision, whether this is core funded projects, temporary/time-limited projects or support; please could you complete the questionnaire.

The questionnaire can be found by clicking on the link below:


Please complete a separate questionnaire for each services / project you want to tell us about.

Access to Finance Investment Surgeries

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These are Access to Finance Surgeries where selected companies seeking growth capital have a free one hour meeting with COO of Shadow Foundr, Jason Kluver, Edwards director Neil Taylor, CEO of Cresco Innovation Jo Derbyshire and business angel investor and business mentor Paul Jenkinson, who is also on the Advisory Board of Shadow Foundr and John O’Donnell, Business Finance Manager, D2N2 Growth Hub.

Jason Kluver is a founding director of Shadow Foundr, a private investor network and crowd funding platform, which has raised in excess of £16m for early stage businesses. Neil Taylor is a member of the Research & Development Consultative Committee, has particular expertise in technology companies, SEIS, EIS, R&D Tax Credits, Cloud Accounting and Patent Box. Jo Derbyshire is CEO of Cresco Innovation Ltd, a company of scientists and consultants who are experts at writing and winning bids/grants.

To reserve a meeting please contact Paul Jenkinson on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. email icon


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Host: D2N2 Growth Hub
Venue: Beacon Innovation and Enterprise Centre, Beacon Hill Office Park, Cafferata Way, Newark NG24 2TN
Date: Wednesday 25th April, 2018
Time: 9am - 5pm - one hour appointments available
Cost: FREE 

Innovate UK Funding

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Innovate UK are holding a breakfast session between 7.30 am – 9.00 am on the morning of 30th January at the Manufacturing Technology Centre at Ansty Park, Coventry.

This will consist of a couple of presentations on key areas of innovation funding, and a separate morning session from 9.30 am repeating the same presentations followed by a series of workshops. British Business Bank and the Midlands Engine Investment Fund will be supporting Innovate UK with both the presentations and workshops. The event will finish at 12.30 pm with networking to 2.00 pm.

Innovation is key to business success. The ability to exploit new ideas, technologies, processes or business models ahead of the competition can bring big rewards in a world that is rapidly changing. The UK government has recognised this for many years and has been increasing the support to businesses wanting to innovate and grow. 

Accessing this support, however, can still be confusing and complex. That’s why the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, and the British Business Bank have come together to help you.

At this breakfast event, you’ll get a quick overview of the support available to help your business grow. As well as a tasty breakfast, there will be 3 x 20 minute presentations covering:

  • Innovate UK grant funding
  • Midlands Engine Investment Fund
  • Innovation Loans

 Who should attend?
Driven businesses across the Midlands Engine looking to grow, particularly welcoming companies that have not engaged with us before.

The breakfast event starts at 7.30am and finishes at 9am.  Register on this page for the ‘fast-track’ breakfast event.

Alternatively, if you’d like a more in-depth briefing, then register for the morning session instead, which is followed by a networking lunch. Click here for more information about the morning session and lunch.

The details of the event are now available at:




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