The search has begun to find 10 innovative growing Nottinghamshire businesses, with two winners set to benefit from a support package worth up to £25,000.
Managed by Oxford Innovation, the Pioneer 10 programme is aimed at entrepreneurs and business owners.
The programme is being hosted across the Nottinghamshire Innovation Centres which are the 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 either in or near Nottinghamshire. Online registration is now open and joining the Pioneer 10 community is simple.
“Once registered, you can access our library of online tools, but only the 10 business ideas with the most potential will go forward to receive the highly valuable one-to-one support from our experienced experts.”
Once selected the 10 ‘Pioneers’ will then be whittled down to two winners who will scoop the high-impact business support package.
Sitting on the judging panel will be Paul Stuart, Head of Enterprise at East Midlands Chamber of Commerce, Peter Richardson, Chair of D2N2 Local Enterprise, Councillor Roy Allan, Nottinghamshire County Council, Steve Upcraft, Nottingham University’s Lead on SME Engagement, Mark Mirfin, Managing Director of Newark-based business Love Your Skin, and Femi Ogunshakin, Director of Loftus Stowe Ltd. based in the Worksop Turbine Innovation Centre.
The £25,000 package includes one year of business coaching and virtual business address from Oxford Innovation, a year’s membership with the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce and a digital marketing package managed for three months.
Legal guidance on terms and conditions, a social media consultation with professional digital headshots for use on social media and a HR start-up package will also be included a part of the prize.
The programme will also include a free half-day workshop entitled ‘Accounting for Success’ which will take place from 9.00am – 12.30 on Tuesday, July 5 at Mansfield i-Centre.
It will be delivered by James Boler, Director of JRB Accountancy Ltd, who is an expert in supporting small and start-up businesses.
The workshop will explain everything business owners need to know regarding financial compliance and tax issues.
Pioneer 10 is open to anyone of any age and experience, providing they are either a resident, plan to start a business or currently run one in or near Nottinghamshire.
To find out more about the programme or to register for the workshop, visit www.pioneer10-notts.co.uk or call 01909 512183.