Business news and events

Check here for the latest business news and events for the Newark and Sherwood area.

Is your business investment ready?

Newark and Sherwood District Council in partnership with D2N2 Growth Hub are delivering a workshop - Is Your Business Investment Ready?

An important part of growing any business is the ability to clearly and effectively pitch your business plan to investors and potential partners

This workshop will give you the following

  • Hot tips for achieving business growth 
  • Understanding the type of funding your business needs
  • How to access Investment Funds
  • How to prepare a convincing case

The day will lead to an understanding of how your business might be able to access funding, access opportunities and raise your profile

This free workshop is being held on Wednesday 27 March 2019 at Edwinstowe House, Edwinstowe, Mansfield, NG21 9PR

The day will start at 9:30am and is expected to conclude at 3:30pm

For more information contact Susan Nattrass or call 01636 655277.

Starting in Business Programme

From bookkeepers and beauticians to cupcake bakers and care agencies, whatever business you dream of starting NBV can help you transform your idea to a business and support you with a fantastic package of training and funding.

The course, open to pre-start businesses, provides everything you need to know to get your small business up and running. The course is aimed at people who would benefit from in-depth knowledge on how to become self-employed or start their own small business. Over two weeks you will learn all of the skills that you'll need to start and manage a successful small business.

For more information contact Sue Nattrass / 01636 655277 or call 0844 887 2586

Growing Places Fund

Round four of the Growing Places Fund is now open offering loans between £250,000 and £2million to individual companies or organisations to finance capital (building and infrastructure) investment, resulting in business growth and job creation.

Funded projects must be located within D2N2 LEP’s area, covered by the administrative boundaries of Derby City, Derbyshire County, Nottingham City and Nottinghamshire County local authorities.

Funding is limited and preference will be given to projects which deliver on the LEP’s strategic priorities and key areas of economic focus. More information on these is available on the D2N2 Website and in its Strategic Economic Plan.

Applicants will need to return their Expression of Interest form to Lewis Stringer by email to 

There is no cut off date by which applications must be received, at this time, though applicants are encouraged to submit applications as soon as possible.

For more details on the scheme visit the D2N2 website.

Public Procurement Workshop

Public Procurement Workshop
Thursday 28 March 2019
09:00 – 15:30
Newark Beacon Innovation Centre
Beacon Hill Office Park
Cafferata Way
NG24 2TN

This interactive workshop is perfect for organisations new to public sector tendering who are keen to understand more about the process of bidding for contracts. The course will explore how to identify tenders, how to become tender ready and the procedures involved in bidding for tenders.

The session will cover

  • Overview of Public Sector Procurement
  • Importance of Being Tender Ready
  • Finding Opportunities
  • What is the Standard Questionnaire 
  • Bid Evaluation
  • Tender Review Checklist
  • Bid Formulation
  • Submitting your Bid
  • The Do’s and Dont's of Bid Writing

To register your place please click here.

Or for more information please contact Sue Nattrass on 01636 655277

Pioneer 10

Pioneer 10 is a new and free business awards and growth programme which is open to start-ups and ambitious SMEs across Nottinghamshire. It offers free business training workshops along with the opportunity to win a package of support up to the value of £25,000

Pioneer 10 offer a series of workshops that are free to attend for start-up and growth businesses across Nottinghamshire. The events will take place at the three Nottinghamshire Innovation Centres– Mansfield i-Centre, Newark Beacon and Worksop Turbine which are managed by Oxford Innovation

Delegates will be encouraged to use the knowledge gained from the workshops to submit their business idea for the Pioneer10 awards programme.

Ten start-up or growth businesses will be selected to receive one to one coaching and guidance from our experienced business experts. This stage will open up a world of new possibilities for business owners and significantly increase their chances of success.

The panel of judges, taken from business leaders across Nottinghamshire will then select two of these Pioneers to receive high value / high impact business support packages worth up to £25,000 leveraging the resources of Oxford Innovation and their partners

Please see website

OR For further details please ring 01909 512183 or email

Business Assist Programme

If you're a trading business you can receive expert, impartial business advice from advisers you can trust. Running your own business can be a lonely occupation. What could improve this?

How about the advice of an impartial, experienced business person? Someone to act as a sounding board, providing focussed and objective assistance. If you think you could benefit from a fresh perspective the NBV Business Assist programme could be just what you need.

Grant in Enterprise 

As an existing business you could access up to £2,500 of funding to help your business. NBV have directly supported local businesses to access over £2m in grant funding over the past 3 years and they are now offering businesses in Newark and Sherwood the Grant for Enterprise.

Eligible businesses can claim up to £2,500 for specific projects or investments. In order to be eligible you must:

  • Fit the criteria of Small and Medium Sized Business (SME)
  • Have commenced trading
  • Only trade business to business, not retail or business to consumer.

For more information on the grants available visit the NBV Grant in Enterprise website or call Sue on 01636 655277.

Free Digital Training Courses

Brush up your digital skills with free training courses offered by eBusiness Club East Midlands. Find out about the various training opportunities available locally by visiting the ebusiness club website.

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Newark and Sherwood District Council
Castle House
Great North Road
NG24 1BY

01636 650 000


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