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What is Pioneer 10


Pioneer 10 is a new and exciting, free business award and growth coaching programme for entrepreneurs in Dartford and North Kent. It has evolved over the past 4 years and is open to startups and ambitious SMEs . It began life as the Spark Business Awards operated by Oxford Innovation in Market Harborough and Stockport with huge success. Spark has helped over 4000 businesses, many of which have achieved outstanding results.

Over the years we have learned a great deal about the requirements of business owners and the key elements they need to achieve success. It is our goal to ensure that every business that interacts with Pioneer 10 will derive genuine benefit through insightful, in-person workshops and tried and tested online tools.

We will select 10 of these businesses to receive one to one coaching and guidance from our experienced business experts.  This stage will open up a world of new possibilities for business owners and significantly increase their chance of success. 

Two of these pioneers will be selected by our panel of judges for a long term, high value, high impact business support package leveraging the resources of Oxford Innovation and partners.

Registration will remain open from January 2016 to July 2016.


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Oxford Innovation

At Oxford Innovation, we really understand how to make property work - for the building owners, our centre customers, and for regional economic success.

We manage a UK network of Business & Innovation Centres that provides the ideal environment for over 900 start ups and SMEs to grow. Our centres are managed on behalf of public and private sector building owners that require a high quality service that reliably delivers financial returns, whilst contributing to the economic growth of the regions in which we operate.

With over 20 years of experience in running Business & Innovation Centres, we have the experience, the insight and the expertise you are looking for to make your building a long-term success

To find out more please visit us at: www.oxin-centres.co.uk   

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The Nucleus Business Innovation Centre

The home of P10 in Dartford  

The Nucleus Business and Innovation Centre in Dartford provides professional office space on flexible terms, virtual office services and a range of meeting rooms in a fully serviced setting.

“Attracting established organisations alongside start-up and growing companies, The Nucleus specialises in creating a community for knowledge-based businesses in North Kent.”

“We are passionate about providing a supportive environment that encourages collaborative working and innovative thinking, through the support of our in-house business growth advisor.  Because we look after all our customers’ accommodation requirements, they are free to focus entirely on developing their businesses.”     Senior Centre Manager – Kelly Brooker

To find out more please visit: www.nucleus-dartford.co.uk


Our Main Sponsors



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Prologis is the leading developer and owner of logistics property in the UK and worldwide.

We have the expertise, the sites and the in-house funding to deliver the high quality buildings that help our customers run their businesses as efficiently as possible. 

Working collaboratively with our customers, we develop the best property solutions for their logistics operations, both now and for the future.

Find out more: www.prologis.co.uk



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Dartford Borough Council

The Dartford Borough Council provides a range of local government services for residents of the Borough. It is committed to equal opportunities and works hard to ensure that the services it provides are fair and accessible for all of its residents. 

The Council’s vision is to make Dartford the place of choice for living, working and enjoying leisure time, with a commitment to improving facilities and creating opportunities for existing residents.

Find out more: www.dartford.gov.uk




Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce

The Kent Invicta Chamber of Commerce is a membership organisation which provides a full range of business support services, ranging from networking, international trade, business support to representation. Our aims are to build and support an environment that is conducive to business growth and enterprise.

With over 1,200 members, we have a growing reputation as one of the most proactive and successful Accredited Chambers in the South East. We hold in excess of 100 events per year, ranging from informal networking to business exhibitions, and offer a wide range of cost saving services, support and business development.

Find out more: www.kentinvictachamber.co.uk