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Businesses fly the nest from Worksop Turbine Centre

Business is booming at an Innovation Centre in Worksop which has helped three businesses fly the nest.

Oxford Innovation

Largely down to the business support provided during their tenancy, businesses; NMJN Accountants, The Kit Monkey and Redheads Digital have continued to grow and all have graduated to larger premises.

Managed by Oxford Innovation on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council, Worksop Turbine Innovation Centre provides serviced office space solutions for growing and start-up businesses. As well as this, tenants can take advantage of on-site business growth coaching services and training workshops.

Redheads Digital, are one of the Turbine’s longest residents. Having spent more than seven years at the centre, their continued success has led the printing business to a move to larger premises on the Dukeries Industrial Estate.

Jon Pearson, General Manager said: “The Innovation Centre is definitely a worthwhile move if you are serious about expanding your business. So much stuff is taken care of, like utilities, which allows you to concentrate on running the business.

“The fact you are surrounded by lots of other companies is advantageous, and the advice at the centre is invaluable. We can’t thank them enough for guiding us through the process of gaining a £20,000 grant for machinery, from Nottinghamshire County Council’s Economic Development Capital Fund.”

Military and camping equipment specialists, The Kit Monkey have spent the last 14 months at Worksop Turbine and will move to larger premises in Langold later this month.
Stuart McCluskie, owner of the business, said: “The need for larger premises has led to me having to leave the site. The business support is great and it helps you on your way.”

Michelle Howe, a senior accountant and tax specialist, worked for 23 years as an Inspector of Taxes at HMRC before leaving to work as a Director of taxation at a firm of accountants in Sheffield.
Back in August 2014 Michelle moved her own business, NMJN Accountants into Worksop Turbine, eventually moving into a space almost five times the size of her initial start-up office. At the beginning of February Michelle and her team moved to The Point in Shireoaks, where they have bought their own property.

Worksop Turbine

Michelle said: “We moved into an office at the Turbine in August 2014 and each time we have outgrown our office space the Centre have been able to accommodate us by moving us to bigger offices.

“With the help and support from David Smith, Business Growth Director, our business has now outgrown The Turbine and we have relocated to our own business unit. As an Innovation Centre the Turbine has everything a small business needs to grow.”

Claire Gregory, Centre Manager at Worksop Turbine said: “This demonstrates the value of the ongoing business coaching service offered by the centre, which evolves with the changes in strategic focus of an early stage business. Worksop Turbine provides the support and community environment for a business to realise their full potential and growth aspirations.”

Councillor Diana Meale, Chair of the Economic Development Committee at Nottinghamshire County Council, said: “The County Council is committed to supporting the growth of businesses in Nottinghamshire through the county’s innovation centres in Worksop, Newark and Mansfield. It’s great to hear about companies like Redheads Digital, The Kit Monkey and NMJN Accountants going from strength to strength with the help of the specialist advice and supportive environment they provide.”

For more information about how Worksop Turbine can provide business support or serviced office space for your new and growing business, please contact Claire Gregory, Centre Manager on 01909 512 100 or visit the website.