By Rob Twells
Here at Frogspark, we believe Nottingham is a city that is full of creativity, hard work and quirk. There are so many unique SME’s that deserve more recognition for their contribution that they’re making to the city. We decided to create another best-of list but for 2020, we’re going to be telling you about the ‘Best of Nottingham’. We’re going to be recognising everything from Best Dedicated Local Business to the Best Place To Grab Lunch in Nottingham and if you’ve made the list congratulations!
Invest In Nottingham are an innovative and forward-thinking business who have grown through providing businesses with everything they need to thrive. When it comes to a company who is dedicated to helping Nottingham grow and thrive there aren’t many others doing what Invest In Nottingham is. With clients such as Experian, Boots and Center Parcs and numerous other creative enterprises, they are committed to making Nottingham a major centre for business growth. This is exactly why we have chosen them as the Best Dedicated Local Business.
D2N2 are one of the largest Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs). Their range of project case study videos are the perfect way to explain to the public the impact D2N2 has within the region. These videos are very effective and manage to show off how much D2N2 help the community.
Many startups come to Nottingham every year and it takes guts to go out there and try something new. But that’s exactly what B.Spoke have done! Creating a state of the art indoor cycling studio that is designed to promote a healthy lifestyle. With a wide variety of classes, they have something to suit everybody and anybody. B.Spoke really are committed to helping Nottingham grow and have fun. Good Job B.Spoke!
Earlier this year we saw that the tech-savvy solicitors over at Roythornes had released their own podcast, so far we’ve seen them discussing everything about divorces. Right from the most basics around what a divorce is, all the way to understanding and using mediation to help in a divorce. By providing a free podcast for their website, potential clients will see they are on top of their game and are showing that they are the guys you want to be going to. We’re looking forward to listening to more episodes in the future!
Established in 2015 Doughnotts have become a bit of a phenomenon. Everyone is loving these loaded, beautifully decorated sweet treats. Starting off with a doughnut and coffee bar in Nottingham we’ve now seen them expand their business to Leicester and most recently their new store opening in Lincoln. In just 5 years, Doughnotts have gone from a micro-bakery operating in their mum’s kitchen to a national treat! With them serving nearly 20 ever-changing flavours there’s always something new for you to tuck into!
We’ve most recently seen Frontline Recruitment take on their giant new client, Skinny Food Co. A brilliant guilt-free business who’s rapid growth has seen over £4m in online sales alone. It was no surprise that they turned to Frontline when it came to recruitment; a local business who are flexible and committed to providing high-quality staff for their expanding operations. This is just a testament to their hard work they’ve been putting in, congratulations!
Our favourite networking events we’ve seen recently in Nottingham have got to be from RSViP. Their Network Socials always go down a storm and quite frankly it’s no surprise that they host the best events. Their events are members-only, however, they do offer a free taster visit and we can’t recommend it enough. Every time you attend you’ll meet new faces and build better business relationships. When it comes to networking events in Nottingham there is no one better than RSViP and that’s why they’ve won this award.
Hawthorn has been killing their social media game this past year! With an accumulated following of almost 10,000 people, they are smashing it. With fantastic artsy photos all over their socials, it’s no surprise that they have accumulated this following. Their Instagram is brilliant in making full use of what Instagram has to offer. They’ve made full use of Instagram stories, highlights and sharing followers content. Their highlights are full of past events that they have been a part of and recaps from each year they have been operating.
Getting out of the office sometimes can do you a lot of good, a change of scenery can really help you to increase your productivity. Dispace gets our recommendation if you’re wanting to go and get your creative juices flowing. With nearly 80 different spaces of all sizes all across the country, there is something for everyone with various different atmospheres and environments. So if you’re looking for the perfect place for your next meeting look no further than one of Dispace’s workspaces.
If you’re wanting to create a successful business you need to make sure that the people you’re hiring are just as passionate as you are and are only going to help your business grow. If you’re wanting employees to work as hard as they can some motivation can go a long way and Baxter Freight have set the benchmark for this. They have most recently taken on 6 new employees and it’s no surprise that they’re growing at the rate they are. They offer all their employees robust training and mentoring and excellent financial rewards, they make sure that they offer their staff as much as they can to support them and help them progress their careers.
Paragon Law have been doing so much for the community recently their charitable work focuses on education and promoting awareness as they believe in investing in the future and our young people. We’ve seen them recently present the annual Paragon Law Award for the student with the highest overall marks on Nottingham Trent’s LLM law programmes. But they’ve gone above and beyond offering the Paragon Scholarship for students at the University of Nottingham. This grants an annual scholarship, paying the tuition and providing them with an internship at Paragon Law so that they can gain practical experience.
If you’re looking to get out of the office and get some great coffee, Cartwheel Coffee is the place to go! With their own roastery just down the road, you can guarantee that the coffee is going to be some of the best you’ll ever have. Not only do they have some of the best coffee they also have some absolutely divine food we highly recommend you go and try it!
Sometimes you just need that big breakfast in the morning to get you up and going. For that, there is nowhere better in Nottingham than Wired. They have just about everything on the menu that you could want – a full English, pastries or porridge they’ve got it all. If you’re looking for a top-notch breakfast we can’t recommend Wired Cafe highly enough – you won’t get a better breakfast anywhere else in Nottingham!
The pudding pantry has got it all! This quirky little restaurant in the centre of Nottingham offers just about anything you could want when it comes to food and drink. If you’re looking to spice up your lunch, this is where you should be heading; offering an all-day brunch menu, pancakes, freak shakes and a huge variety of homemade drinks. Their menu has so many beautiful, fresh dishes all made to order. The next time you’re unsure of where to go on your lunch break, make sure you head to The Pudding Pantry.
Sometimes work can be stressful and you just need to take some time and unwind. Making sure you relax and have a bit of a work social can be so important to improving your wellbeing and there is no better night out than heading over to The Wine Room. They offer a wide variety of wines, beers and soft drinks so there’s something for everyone. You can spend the evening wine tasting and tucking into their delicious cheese and charcuterie platter. Not only do you get to try some delightful wines but it’s also a lot of fun.
If you’re looking to go out and grab a drink for a work social then there is no place better in Nottingham than The Hockley Arts Club. Hidden away in the backstreets of Nottingham is a beautiful building that houses the bar. With three floors of elegantly designed rooms each with their own atmosphere, it really has the vibe for a great work night out. With a huge drinks menu from a glass of sauvignon blanc to a Louisiana voodoo.
Where will we be spending our summer this year? Probably out in the beer garden at The Canalhouse. With a beautiful beer garden that sits next to the canal, not only have they got the best beer garden in Nottingham, they’ve also got one of the most impressive varieties of beer available we’ve seen. All of us here at Frogspark can’t wait for the summer months when we can spend it sat out in the garden enjoying a drink or two (probably more!).
A drink after work sounds like a great idea and there is nowhere better than Junkyard. Based just off the lace market they have a wide range of craft beers on tap in a laid-back taproom. Did you know they actually appeared in The Times’ 25 Coolest Restaurants in the UK? Junkyard has a great atmosphere for you to go and have a drink, we recommend you pop in and try out some of their craft beers.
How does 2-4-1 cocktails, pizza and ping pong sound to you? Because to us, it sounds like a great night out! Das Kino is one of our favourite places in Nottingham if you’re looking for somewhere for cocktails. Their cocktails menu has all the classics and more so make sure you’re making it in for happy hour and enjoy a game of ping pong or two.