Pioneering business support initiative launched across Nottinghamshire

Pioneering businessA new drive to boost the Nottinghamshire economy and create jobs by championing business innovation has been launched.

Managed by Oxford Innovation, Pioneer 10 Notts is a free growth coaching programme for entrepreneurs in Nottinghamshire. Tailored for start-up and growing businesses, the programme includes; workshops, online tools and one-to-one support to entrepreneurs and business owners.

At the end of the programme two companies will be selected to receive a business support package worth £25,000.

As well as free support, from July until October people can register to become one of 10 pioneers to receive intensive one-to-one coaching and guidance from experienced business experts. This stage will open up new possibilities for business owners and promises to increase their chance of success.

The programme is being hosted across the Nottinghamshire Innovation Centres; Mansfield i-Centre, Newark Beacon and Worksop Turbine.

David Smith, Business Growth Director at Oxford Innovation, said: “We are looking for businesses that are innovating within their industry – they don’t have to be technology-based. It can be anyone who seriously wants to grow their business in Nottinghamshire. Online registration is now open and joining the Pioneer 10 community is simple.

“Once registered, you can access our library of online tools. Companies can then put themselves forward in hope of being one of 10 businesses with the most potential. Those with the most potential receive the highly valuable one-to-one support from our experienced experts, and be in with a chance of receiving the business support package.”

Pioneer 10 is managed by Oxford Innovation in partnership with Nottinghamshire County Council, Bassetlaw District Council, Mansfield District Council and Newark & Sherwood District Council. It is available to entrepreneurs and businesses at all stages to help drive growth and support activity.

If you are interested in taking part in Pioneer 10 Notts or booking a place on a workshop, please visit www.pioneer10-notts.com or call 01909 512183.