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Pioneer 10 Judge, Chair of D2N2 and Tramlink Nottingham awarded OBE

Peter Richardson, Chair of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List, it was announced today (June 17). He has received the OBE (Order of the British Empire) honour “for services to enterprise and growth in Nottingham”. Peter was appointed Chair of D2N2 in November 2012. D2N2 […]

Pioneer 10 crowns Nottinghamshire’s top business pioneers

Two businesses from Nottinghamshire have been crowned “champions of innovation” at a prestigious county-wide awards ceremony. Red Fox ID and Fosse Cashflow Solutions were chosen as the two leading pioneering companies following a ten month support programme, which has helped more than 130 businesses across the county. Pioneer 10 Notts was designed for entrepreneurs and […]

Finalists revealed in quest for innovation champions

The finalists in a programme to find Nottinghamshire’s leading business pioneers have been announced. After months of submission ten local  businesses have been shortlisted to go head-to-head for the chance to win a support package worth £15,000. All the shortlisted firms will now receive one-to-one coaching and guidance, opening up new commercial opportunities and boosting […]

Staff Handbook incorporated with Contract of Employment – What’s the Risk?

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Some employers make the choice of incorporating their staff handbook, as part of their employee’s employment contract. The employment contract is a signed document, which sets out the agreed terms set out between the employer and the employee – this cannot be changed without agreement by both parties. Whereas the staff handbook is a document […]

Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDA’s) and Start-up Businesses: Do you need one?

Rowan Uren of Gorvin's solicitors

So what is an NDA? It is contract (also known as a “Confidentiality Agreement”) entered into between two or more parties to protect any confidential information that they give to the other(s) about their business. An NDA might be particularly important if your business is developing new products and sensitive or technical information is being […]

Get Business Structure Set Up Right From The Start

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Paul Mellor is a partner at Clarke Nicklin Chartered Accountants specialising in owner managed businesses, from start-ups to medium sized limited companies. He heads up Clarke Nicklin’s business advisory team and ensures clients receive the right advice on business structure from the start so they can maximise tax savings. He also helps businesses with advice […]

How PR can help get your new business idea noticed

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Sue Souter, Director of Souter PR, talks about making the most of ‘start-up’ news The key is in the word ‘new’. When you are starting out in business the very fact that you are doing so is of interest to journalists. And that’s from the business reporter on the local paper to the specialist writer […]

5 Must Haves to Start-Up Your Own Business

Christian Mancier of Gorvins solicitors

Christian Mancier, a Corporate – Commercial Solicitor at Gorvins Solicitors shares his top 5 must haves when it comes to starting up a business. We’ve all had a thought at least once in our lives along the lines of: ‘I could do that’, ‘if this business did this, it would be so much better’ or […]

4 Quick ways to add ‘proof’ to your start up website

Nigel Lamb, Managing Director of Xposure Creative

Nigel Lamb, Managing Director of Xposure Creative and proud sponsor of the Pioneer10 programme shares 4 Quick ways to add ‘proof’ to your start up website. When you first start out in business, you don’t have the testimonials and history to prove to potential clients you are the best person for their project. This makes […]

The importance of segmenting to drive profits and grow your business

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Rachel Panther Business Coach at Harborough Innovation Centre shares The importance of segmenting to drive profits and grow your business. Every business wants more customers. More customers equal more orders…it’s simple maths. However, increased workload can put strains on your workforce and require you to hire more staff to maintain a high level of service. […]

The importance of using financial information as a navigator to business success

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Geoff Freestone Managing Director & Owner of Freestone & Ware Ltd explains the importance of using financial information as a navigator to business success. When I was starting out on my career I often wondered how businesses ran and how complicated it must be to make money and grow a successful organisation. Surely it must […]

Protecting your assets

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Starting a business? Tempted to put-off protecting Your Intellectual property? Matthew Hives, from One Stop IP, explains why You need to think again! Intellectual property impacts our lives on a daily basis, countless times even before we have brushed our teeth in the mornings. The products we use, the music we listen to, the websites […]

“I’m going to raise some Investment”

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By Leo Dunne. SME Funding Specialist and Business Mentor Your business needs extra cash to grow and you’ve heard about raising investment – perhaps seen something approximating to it in a popular TV programme – and decided that it’s the very fellow for you. Investment is the thing you need. You’ve been told, or found […]

Looking for Funding

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by Leo Dunne, SME Funding Specialist When starting a new business you will never have enough money to do it exactly the way you’d like to. You can focus on spending on business critical items and making sure that the income you’re generating covers costs; but what happens when you need to pay for something […]

Marketing strategy, and why you should make sure your business has one

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Nicola Denny, MD of May Marketing shares her advice on Marketing strategy, and why you should make sure your business has one. Every business should have an up-to-date marketing strategy. But for many, large and small, this is often not the case. The most common reasons for this are not having the time to step […]