A thriving business hub has been named as the Nottinghamshire Business Venue of the Year in the 2019 East Midlands Chamber Business Awards.

The Mansfield Innovation Centre scooped the award at the Nottinghamshire Business Awards ceremony.

Managed by Oxford Innovation on behalf of Mansfield District Council, the Innovation Centre, described by judges as “a real community hub”, is a modern thriving business base located on the outskirts of Mansfield town centre, that provides space and support to a hotbed of pioneering businesses.

Receiving the award, sponsored by Nottingham Forest Football Club Community Trust, Mansfield Innovation Centre Manager, Hannah Hickman, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have won the award as we feel it is not only testament to our hard work as a team but also recognizes the success of many businesses we have supported over the year.”

“In such a competitive environment, we believe we offer something bespoke and unique to ambitious young and local businesses that are looking to grow.”

Entrants in the Business of the Year category were required to demonstrate exceptional standards, service or quality over the past 12 months.

A spokesman for the awards said: “Judges were looking to reward the venue that has had a significant impact on the business community, as well as the ability to demonstrate a clear plan for being at the heart of business development now and in the future.”

“Mansfield Innovation Centre is a real community hub supporting local businesses, passionate about their customers and offering exceptional levels of engagement which creates a good experience for users.”

The Innovation Centre was one of 13 businesses to win an award on the night, as the Chamber celebrated the strength and successes of businesses across Nottinghamshire.

Chamber President, Kevin Harris, said: “One of the main privileges of being Chamber President is being able to address and celebrate the crème de la crème of our region’s businesses at the Business Awards.”

Mansfield Innovation Centre  provides 40-self-contained offices and five workshop units

ranging from 144 sq ft to 1,200 sq ft, as well as meeting and conference facilities, a café, a staffed reception and a children’s nursery.

Customers benefit from flexible letting agreements, 24/7 secure access, free parking and a package of business support including workshops tailored to the requirements of clients plus coaching from dedicated business mentor David Smith. Recent workshops include information about how to prepare for GDPR and Brexit.

The fully inclusive licence fee includes all utility costs plus a dedicated superfast internet connection.

Hannah Hickman, added: “We pride ourselves on providing the flexibility, space and support to help businesses prosper and grow. We are always looking to welcome new businesses into our community. Located just a short distance from Mansfield town centre, Mansfield Innovation Centre is a modern and thriving business hub, designed around the needs of our customers.”