D2N2 Digital Growth Programme Launch: Newark and Sherwood

Newark Showground
Monday 6 March 2017
8am to 11am

Knowing the true value presented by digital technology, and understanding what is right for your business can be a daunting challenge, making it all too easy to miss out on making the difference needed to improve your business.

Join us at this informal breakfast meeting to:

  • discover how your business can benefit from this new and exciting opportunity
  • officially register onto the programme (demand is expected to be high!)
  • secure your place on future strategic action-planning workshops
  • register your interest in applying for technology grant-funding
  • meet with a dedicated Digital Business Adviser to discuss your business needs or technology investment in more detail

8am Registration, breakfast and networking
8:30am Welcome and programme overview
9:30am - 11am Meet the team and register onto the programme

Coupled with insights relating to the Digital Growth Programme, the event will also provide you with an opportunity to network with other local businesses.

Bringing a laptop, tablet or smartphone would be advantageous to delegates wanting to register to the Digital Growth Programme as you will be able to do so on the day.

View a full list of alternative Digital Growth Programme Launch dates and locations  

For more information, please contact Paris Pratley-Gomez, Events and Engagement Officer on 0155 957 8757 (ext. 3018) or Paris.Pratley-Gomez@emc-dnl.co.uk

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Ready Set Grow......Your Own Business

Have you ever wanted to start your own business OR do you want your business to grow but you don't have the right resources? Then the Ready Set Grow......Your Own Business workshop is for you!

It is a pleasure to invite you to Newark and Sherwood District Council's Ready Set Grow......Your Own Business workshop to be held on Friday 31 March 2017.

This exclusive workshop hosted by Invest Newark and Sherwood and partners has been specifically designed to help you start and/or grow your business.

The day will cover getting started in business and will include the business plan, the financials, the market, marketing, legal, records and funding sources.

A team of experienced advisers will help you with impartial advice and guidance. The day will be a great opportunity to learn about what it takes to manage and grow your business successfully.

The workshop is free to attend and will start at 8.45am and is expected to conclude at 3.15pm.

During lunch there will be an opportunity to talk to advisors on a one-to-one basis.

We do hope that you will be able to join us and look forward to seeing you on Friday 31 March 2017.

However, please note that this is an exclusive workshop, which is on a first come, first served basis so please make a prompt booking if you are interested in attending.

To reserve a place or find out more please email Sue Nattrass or call on 01636 655277

Understanding Enterprise

This two day training course is aimed at delegates who would benefit from in depth knowledge on how to go self-employed and covers the skills that you'll need to start and manage a successful business. Completion of the two days also leads to a National accredited qualification.

Day one will cover what you need to know in order to set up a successful business:

  • Assessing your ability to run a successful business
  • Identifying a viable business
  • Choosing your business structure
  • Understand tax and National Insurance responsibilities
  • Understand legislation affecting new start businesses

Day two will show you how to set up a simple money management system for your new business:

  • Calculating your business pricing structure
  • Understanding tax implications and responsibilities
  • Claimable expenses
  • Producing a cash-flow forecast
  • Keeping financial records
  • Considering ways of raising finance
  • Identifying sources of external expertise

Please note the Newark dates are:

10/11 January 2017
1/2 February 2017
21/22 March 2017

Starting in Business Programme

If you're looking to start up a new business and need assistance to help develop you business idea you can attend the Starting in Business Programme.

This four day course open to pre-start businesses provides everything you need to know to get your small business up and running. The course aimed at people who would benefit from in-depth knowledge on how to become self-employed or start their own small business. Over three weeks this course covers 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

Visit the NBV Starting in Business website

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 lewis.stringer@nottinghamcity.gov.uk 

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.

Nottinghamshire Economic Development Capital Fund

The Nottinghamshire Economic Development Capital Fund provides capital grants from £20,000 to a maximum of £250,000 to help businesses grow and employ more local people.

The grant can be used to support:

  • new equipment purchases and machinery
  • other capital investments for expansion purposes like land or property.

You must be able to show how the investment will result in job growth.

The maximum amount of grant available depends on state aid rules relating to the amount of public money which can be given to businesses – further information and guidance on how to apply is available on Nottinghamshire County Council's website.

The NEDCF fund re-opens for applications on Monday 30 January 2017 with a closing date of Monday 6 March 2017 at 4pm

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 www.pioneer10-notts.com

OR For further details please ring 01909 512183 or email pioneer10notts@oxin.co.uk

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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Kelham Hall
NG23 5QX

01636 650000


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