General Business News

General Business News

News from across the Broxtowe, Nottinghamshire and wider East Midlands in relation to General Business.

Leading digital agency secures new headquarters in Nottingham in six figure deal

Fifteen, the full-service digital agency, has secured brand-new headquarters in Beeston, Nottingham, in a deal said to be worth six figures.

The firm has become known for its eccentric culture as much as its digital and brand work – as such, the new office boasts a ping pong table, comic-book themed board rooms, two beer fridges, an arcade machine and a wall of vintage Apple computers.

As founder and Managing director, Ollie Piddubriwnyj explains, “We think we’re different from other agencies. By giving the team an epic culture to do great things, that helps us do great things for our clients – in turn setting them apart.”

“The team work outrageously hard, so we all deserve an outrageous space to work in – and a Sonos speaker in every room! We’re searching for passion and talent in its raw uninhibited forms, so our new space is all part of nurturing that passion.”

The award-winning company has transformed the office at Media House into a creative hub that provides a vibrant environment for its expanding team. The move ends a 12-month long search for the perfect space in order to facilitate the agency’s huge growth aspirations.

Ollie set up the digital agency in 2004 having worked in the creative industries. And after hand-picking his team and consistently winning clients with a unique approach to the agency industry, the company hit the headlines when the team enjoyed an all-expenses paid trip to Ibiza in May, as a reward for all of their hard work.

The company is now planning its new office launch party which promises to be something different. Word has it that one of the entertainments planned for the ‘in work hours’ event is a prosecco pong tournament. No doubt there will be plenty of other surprises too.

The space at Media House offers the firm room to double the current number of staff, creating at least 30 new positions within the agency with scope for further growth.

Released by Business Link 12/10/17  - Leading digital agency secures new headquarters in Nottingham in six figure deal

Broxtowe Businesses Receive Free Business Health Checks and Advice

Broxtowe Businesses got a free health check and advice this month at a drop in session at the Council Offices in Beeston.

Advisers from D2N2 Growth Hub and Beeston based Wren Accountancy were on hand on Wednesday 20th September to offer advice and support. Each one-to-one session gave people the opportunity to ask questions and get practical tips:

D2N2 Growth Hub Health Checks provided:

  • Valuable advice and insight to help existing businesses flourish,
  • Relevant information on access to finance to expand, guidance on the latest legislation or practical business support,
  • The right advice for business needs.

Wren Accountancy advice sessions included:

  • Tax and accountancy support to pre-start, start up and existing businesses including  business trading in the most appropriate structure (sole trader, partnership, limited company, Community Interest Company, etc), what is the best accounting or book-keeping package for businesses and tips on ways to keep business tax liability to a minimum.
  • Free guides on Starting Up in Business, Tax Saving Tips and 57 Ways to Grow Your Business were also available to those interested.

Craig Cumiskey of Cordy Lane, Brinsley, who attended both sessions, said, “They provided me with very beneficial information and both of the professional advisers were helpful to my business, and I will be using the guidance provided in the future.”

Other attendees spoke highly of the “really helpful and professional advisers”, with some stating that “they took away barriers to starting up.” All agreed that the event was highly beneficial and hoped to see them continue in order to help even more start-up businesses.

The sessions were hosted by D2N2 Growth Hub and Wren Accountancy in partnership with Broxtowe Borough Council and were made possible thanks to funding by the European Regional Development fund and Wren Accountancy’s support. The Council is aiming to hold similar events in the future and welcomes any and all businesses that would like to get involved.

Once connected with the D2N2 Growth Hub, the businesses who attended have access to workshops and events, regular updates on the latest funding news and regional or national programmes that will help with growth plans.

 Released 22/09/2017

Business funding for electric vehicle-to-grid technologies


Businesses can apply for a share of up to £20 million for innovative projects that support electric vehicles to work smartly with the grid.

Up to £20 million is available from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy – working with the Office for Low Emission Vehicles and Innovate UK – to fund projects that investigate new business models, consumer awareness and technologies that support interaction between electric vehicles and the grid.

So-called vehicle-to-grid technologies are expected to play a big part in making the UK’s electricity supply network smarter and in encouraging take-up.

Vehicles that can take electricity from the grid when demand is low and return it when demand is high could help to even out peaks and troughs and make the grid more efficient.

The UK government wants nearly all cars to be zero emission by 2050, and it sees a smarter and more flexible electricity system as a major benefit to consumers and a key to future growth.

There are competitions for feasibility studies, collaborative research and development, and real-world demonstrators.

Projects are sought in:

  • business models, technology and service standards
  • understanding user acceptance and consumer engagement
  • on- and off-vehicle hardware, including bi-directional chargers, battery hardware and software, and cyber security
  • trials of different products and services in different scenarios

Larger projects are expected to include a variety of partners including from the automotive, energy and infrastructure sectors. All projects must be led by a business working with other businesses or research partners.

And, businesses could attract up to 70% of their total costs on the following:

Feasibilty studies

  • the competition is open and the deadline for applications is midday 18 October 2017
  • up to £2 million is available for feasibility studies
  • feasibility projects should last 12 months and range in size from total costs of £125,000 up to £225,000

Collaborative research and development

  • the competition is open and the deadline for applications is midday 18 October 2017
  • up to £4 million is available for collaborative research and development
  • collaborative research and development projects should last between 18 months and 3 years and range in size from total costs of £375,000 to £1.5 million

Real-world demonstrators

  • the competition is open and the deadline for applications is midday 18 October 2017
  • up to £14 million is available for demonstrator trials in real-world environments at scale
  • demonstrator projects should last up to 3 years and project size should range from £1.5 million to £7 million

For further information contact:

First released on East Midlands Business Link - 21/07/17

 If you wish to receive General Business News directly to your inbox, please sign up through Email Me.


Economic Development
tel: 0115 917 3826