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27 Nov 2020
Ashfield District Council finalists in Public Service Excellence Awards

Ashfield District Council’s Waste Team have been announced as finalists in the Best service team of the year – Waste Management & Recycling service category at the Association for Public Service Excellence awards. The awards celebrate the best in local government and recognise the excellent work council teams deliver. Councillor David Martin, ADC’s Cabinet Member

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27 Nov 2020
Christmas has come early in Ashfield!

As a festive surprise for residents, Ashfield District Council switched on the District’s Christmas lights on Friday 20th November. Last year the Christmas lights were switched on at the highly anticipated Christmas Festivals, however, due to the pandemic, these events could not be held this year. The Council installed the popular 3D feature lights for

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27 Nov 2020
Bringing Christmas cheer to Mansfield

Traditional Christmas gatherings may be looking different this year but in Mansfield there will still be plenty of ways to spread some festive cheer thanks to Mansfield District Council appeals to support those in need. Guided by COVID-19 restrictions, the council took the difficult decision to cancel this year’s popular annual Christmas lights switch-on event. Instead,

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27 Nov 2020
Do you sell any of the following items?

Are you a local business who sells gifts that would also like to give something back to the community? You could help us as part of our Secret Santa Appeal. If you sell items such as those below and could offer us a discount, you will be helping us to buy gifts that will be

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27 Nov 2020
Trans-Atlantic learning gives sports students a boost

Sports students from West Nottinghamshire College gained industry knowledge and expert advice through a trans-Atlantic seminar last week. The Future of Fitness online conference saw students join in with international fitness professionals, distributors and health experts from over 95 countries to discover more about the industry in current times, fitness trends, products and technology. Hosted

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27 Nov 2020
SMART DIGITAL’S £200 DONATION TO THE PILGRIM CHURCH

Scott Westwood, Director of Smart Digital Business Solutions visited The Pilgrim Church, Nottingham and generously donated £200 as part of Smart Digital’s ‘give something back’ ethos. Helping local organisations where possible is something they firmly believe in and advocate as part of their committed Corporate and Social responsibility. Scott said, “More than ever during these

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27 Nov 2020
Donate a gift to help local disadvantaged children this Christmas

Mansfield Building Society are proud to partner with School’s Out for Summer Mansfield in their Christmas Toy Collection Appeal. The Society is offering its Mansfield Market Place branch as a Toy Collection Point for people and businesses to donate and help local families in need this Christmas. The Coronavirus pandemic has had a huge impact

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20 Nov 2020
Virtual Networking – How does it compare to in-person events?

Mansfield and Ashfield 2020 switched to running online networking events in May this year due to the social distancing challenges thrown up by the pandemic. Whilst our events have been reasonably well attended during the restrictive period, we have noticed that some people have expressed fears and concerns about attending virtual events. It may be

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19 Nov 2020
Ashfield District Council continues to support local foodbanks

Ashfield District Council has committed a further £3,000 of funding to support the Let’s All Eat Foodbank based in Sutton-in-Ashfield. Following a recent surge in demand over 120 families across Sutton are now supported by the foodbank each week. The additional funding allows them to buy extra food and covers the fuel costs of delivering

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19 Nov 2020
Action Coach – Free 2021 Business Growth Masterclass

        Friday 27th November 10:30am – 12:30 pm This is an amazing free, practical, seminar that will give you clear actions to take away, and implement in your business. Learn how to increase your profits by 61% – During the seminar we will give you the chance to step out of your

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19 Nov 2020
Financial support portal for businesses

Need financial support but don’t know where to start? The Mansfield 4 Business website is a search tool for business funding and advice. Use the filter tools to find out what support your business is eligible for. It’s free and easy to register. Registration will give you immediate, free and unrestricted access to a comprehensive

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19 Nov 2020
Bringing Christmas cheer to Mansfield

Traditional Christmas gatherings may be looking different this year but in Mansfield there will still be plenty of ways to spread some festive cheer thanks to Mansfield District Council appeals to support those in need. Guided by COVID-19 restrictions, the council took the difficult decision to cancel this year’s popular annual Christmas lights switch-on event. Instead,

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19 Nov 2020
D2N2 Skills Access Hub launched

The D2N2 Skills Access Hub is a 3 year project, running from 1st October 2020 through to 30thSeptember 2023. The project is part-funded by the European Social Fund and aims to support small and medium sized businesses (SME) based across D2N2 to identify and address their skills gaps and training needs. Through the project, businesses

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19 Nov 2020
Christmas Comes Early for Portland College Residents

Thanks to a wonderful donation of £2,000 from the Freemasons of Mansfield Town Charity Committee, Independent Living residents at Portland College have really been getting in the Christmas spirit. As they look forward to spending the festive season together on campus, residents decided to create their own Christmas t-shirts so they all have something special

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19 Nov 2020
Media students’ work helps Mansfield prepare for cash boost

Media students from West Nottinghamshire College have played a key role in highlighting ambitious plans for redeveloping Mansfield district. The Making Mansfield Place Board has recently outlined plans for how up to £25 million of potential funding could be spent on transforming the area. If the bid is a success it means work can begin

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16 Nov 2020
#ApprenticeshipsWork – Tell us about your experience

Does your business hire apprentice staff? If so, we want to hear from you!   Mansfield and Ashfield 2020 are taking part in a campaign to highlight the positive experience that employers have when they take the time to invest in the future of the regions young people. Many employers worry that they will have a

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13 Nov 2020
Idlewells Indoor Market still open for business!

Once again traders in Idlewells Indoor Market will be providing essential goods throughout the second national lockdown. After the government released the latest guidance for the second lockdown, it was announced that essential retailers could remain open, including market stalls. The following businesses will be open: Alan’s Family Butchers Geoff Webster Bakery Colledges Butchers Nigel’s

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13 Nov 2020
Ashfield DC to give out £4.3m in grants to support small local businesses

The grants are available to local businesses that have been affected and includes non-essential retail, hospitality, leisure, accommodation, personal care, entertainment and businesses in the direct supply chain of these business sectors. Ashfield District Council will receive at least £4.3million to distribute in grants, with a further grant income stream yet to be confirmed by

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13 Nov 2020
Support for Mansfield businesses affected by COVID-19

Mansfield District Council has launched the Government’s financial support package for local businesses affected by Tier 2 and Tier 3 restrictions and the national lockdown. There are various grants available for businesses, subject to their eligibility. The amount of grant payable to businesses will vary based on the rateable value of the business premises. The schemes

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13 Nov 2020
Surprise award for Mansfield radio star!

The News Journal reports that: Mansfield 103.2 managing director Tony Delahunty has been awarded a prestigious honour by the Radio Academy.  It was announced at the industry’s Radio Festival that he was to join a select group of UK broadcasters by becoming an honorary fellow.  Tony was surprised on a Zoom call by the Radio

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13 Nov 2020
Brexit Conference – Business Preparedness: Where Are We Now?

Although the UK government has been preparing for Brexit since the 2016 EU referendum, there is still much to do. This year’s Brexit Conference will review what sweeping changes 1st January 2021 will bring for UK businesses, what measures can be taken to prepare for those changes, and, delve into what future trading conditions might

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13 Nov 2020
Budding mechanics get staff motoring at college

Motor vehicle engineering students are revved-up and ready to roll out a new business venture at West Nottinghamshire College’s Engineering Innovation Centre in Sutton-in-Ashfield. Students on the Level 2 Diploma in Vehicle Inspection have officially launched the WNC Autocentre to college staff offering them a vehicle maintenance and repair service at competitive rates. The business

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12 Nov 2020
Funding bid outlines ambitious plans for Mansfield district

The Making Mansfield Place Board has outlined its ambitious plans for how up to £25m of funding would be spent on improving the district. The Place Board, which features representatives from a wide range of partner organisations, has agreed the 13 projects that would benefit from the Government’s Towns Fund. As part of the funding

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12 Nov 2020
Upcoming East Midlands Chamber Events

26 November: Brexit Conference, Business Preparedness: Where Are We Now? The countdown is on and with only 4/10 East Midlands businesses accessing support and preparing for 1/1/21, this conference will review what sweeping changes Brexit will bring for UK businesses, what measures can be taken to prepare for those changes and, delve into what future trading conditions might

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5 Nov 2020
Nottinghamshire County Council and Inspire are 2020 Tes FE Award Winner for Adult and Community Learning

The most outstanding individuals and institutions that the FE sector has to offer have been recognised in a virtual ceremony for the 2020 Times Educational Supplements (TES) FE Awards, and Nottinghamshire County Council (delivered by Inspire) has been announced as winner of the Adult and Community Learning Provider of the Year category. Judges said that

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5 Nov 2020
Green light for £12m Stockwell Gateway regeneration

ARBA Group’s exciting £12m proposals to revitalise an area of Mansfield town centre have been given the green light. Members of Mansfield District Council’s Planning Committee went with an officer’s recommendation and granted permission with conditions for the Stockwell Gateway project on the former bus station. This means ARBA will now press ahead with the

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5 Nov 2020
Students stand ready for military careers advice

Two high-ranking military personnel have visited West Nottinghamshire College to give public services students a vital insight into army and navy careers. The Royal Navy’s Lieutenant Commander (Lt Cdr) John Coates and the Army’s Regimental Sergeant Major (RSM) Wayne Hall were on hand before the half-term break to present to student troops about the breadth

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30 Oct 2020
The gift of kindness for two Mansfield charities

Health and social care students at West Nottinghamshire College have been creating ways to support the more vulnerable members of their community. Students on the Level 1 Award in the Introduction to Health and Social Care and Children and Young People’s Settings are currently working in two ‘bubbles’ to ensure safe distanced learning when in

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30 Oct 2020
Business guidance for Tier 3 COVID-19 restrictions

  Mansfield District Council have asked us to inform our members of the following:   We understand the need for clarity on a number of issues especially around business support, community and wellbeing activities. We are awaiting further clarification from the Government on the local measures and will be issuing Frequently Asked Questions along with

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30 Oct 2020
Mansfield Shopfitters Refurbish Holiday Inn Hotel

Holiday Inn Manchester West continued to operate during lockdown to serve key workers only, but they also went through a milestone rejuvenation project to fully complete a refurbishment. To complete the refurbishment they recruited specialist interior fit-out contractor Jephsons shopfitters. Throughout their 20 years experience, they have worked with some of the UK’s biggest fast-food

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30 Oct 2020
LOCAL BUSINESS LEADERS PLEDGE TO TACKLE THE DIGITAL DIVIDE

Three local business leaders have joined forces to create the #makingITpossible campaign in a bid to tackle the digital divide. The #makingITpossible campaign has been created by Gary Jordan (MD GMJ Solutions and Chair of Mansfield and Ashfield 2020), Martin Rigley (MD Lindhurst Engineering and Chair of Discover Ashfield) and Katie Cooper-Lewis (CEO of Concept

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26 Oct 2020
Katie brings a lesson for the ladies

A former West Nottinghamshire College engineering student-turned-tutor is bringing a specialist course for ladies only to its Sutton-in-Ashfield campus. The Introduction to Motor Vehicle Maintenance, which starts on Wednesday 11 November, aims to demystify what’s happening under the bonnet and bring confidence in basic vehicle maintenance for ladies only. It will run for four weeks

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26 Oct 2020
MANSFIELD MARKETING CONSULTANT BUCKS THE TREND WITH NEW OFFICE

88.7% of ‘Professional Occupations’ in the UK worked from home in April due to Covid19, according to an ONS Study released on 8th July. Once the lockdown subsided, many did not return to the workplace, continuing to work from home for fear of a second wave. One Professional bucking that trend is Victoria Prince, a local self-employed

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22 Oct 2020
The chips aren’t down at college’s restaurant

Diners visiting West Nottinghamshire College’s fine dining restaurant are being urged to buy a portion of ‘invisible chips’ to help support those working in the hospitality sector. The Refined fine dining restaurant, which is due to re-open to the public on Wednesday 4 November, has joined forces with a national campaign designed to support the

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22 Oct 2020
Major expansion of post-18 education and training to level up and prepare workers for post-COVID economy

The Prime Minister has set out plans to transform the training and skills system, making it fit for the 21st century economy, and helping the country build back better from coronavirus. Adults without an A-Level or equivalent qualification will be offered a free, fully-funded college course – providing them with skills valued by employers, and

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22 Oct 2020
Upcoming webinars from the D2N2 Growth Hub

Workshops to help your business grow from D2N2:   How to assess projects financially (Monday 26 October) Paid advertising in the Current Climate (Monday 26 October) Motivation, engaging others and finding your why (Tuesday 27 October) Preventing work related stress (Wednesday 28 October) Getting started with social media marketing tools (Thursday 29 October) Elevating your business profile on Facebook (Thursday 29 October) Getting started with

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22 Oct 2020
Bank of England – November Monetary Policy Webinar

We are pleased to invite you to a virtual presentation to business contacts of the Bank’s East and West Midlands Agencies covering our latest forecast for the UK economy, as set out in the November Monetary Policy Report. Graeme Chaplin, Agent for the West Midlands & Oxfordshire will be presenting on this occasion. If you

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22 Oct 2020
East Midlands Chamber of Commerce – Events to help you

Please see the list below for all of the chamber events that may be of interest 19 November: Energy Summit Building on the 2019 Summit this event will provide a platform for businesses to explore what this means for them and the roles they can play as Government looks to transition the UK to a

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22 Oct 2020
Mansfield Sports Recognition Awards – Monday 7th December

Mansfield District Council advised us on 10th September “that the council will not be organising any future Sports Recognition Award events”. Despite this unfortunate decision I am delighted to tell you that the Armchair Club has taken over the organisation of the awards going forward. This year’s Awards are being held on Monday 7th December

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22 Oct 2020
MP for Mansfield is quizzed by politics students

A-Level Politics students from West Nottinghamshire College, polished their interviewing skills last week when they invited MP for Mansfield, Ben Bradley, into their class. Each student interviewed Ben on any subject they chose for five minutes, using well-crafted, pre-prepared questions and applied higher investigative techniques to tease out more informative answers. The year one and

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22 Oct 2020
A New Start for the Newstart Hall at Portland College

Thanks to a huge fundraising campaign, Portland College is excited to announce the start of an innovative project to redevelop the Newstart Hall. Our ambitious plans will see Newstart transform from the tired hall it is today into a fantastic facility for people with disabilities. We’ve already raised a whopping £1.37million against a target of

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16 Oct 2020
Can you help? #makingITpossible!

A new campaign to help young people complete their schoolwork at home has been launched between Mansfield and Ashfield 2020, The Making It Industrial Heritage Trust (part of Concept 360) and Discover Ashfield. As we have seen, many children were expected to rely on home access to the internet and digital devices in order to

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16 Oct 2020
Queen’s Birthday Honours for local heroes

The efforts of some of our local heroes during the corona virus pandemic have been recognised in this months Queens Birthday Honours list. Malcolm Healey, was the co-ordinator of the widespread #PPE4NHS campaign which saw a number of local business people get together to collect and deliver much needed PPE to NHS staff during the

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16 Oct 2020
Land secured for £4m industrial development in Mansfield

The News Journal reports that a plot of land has been secured for a £4m industrial development in Mansfield, creating a new business park. Commercial property developer Priority Space, working with HG Sites, has purchased 2.7 acres off the A6191 Southwell Road West, with easy access to the A617. The joint venture will invest in 36,250sq

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15 Oct 2020
Jephsons Complete Project Creating 45 Nottingham Jobs

KFC has completely transformed former Habitat store near Old Market Square Nottingham city centre into a large restaurant with the capacity for additional seating outside – offering the perfect dining solution and a reflection of the current times. Local Nottingham based interior fit-out specialists Jephsons Shopfitters partnered on the project to bring the Grade II

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15 Oct 2020
‘Crucial’ feedback sought in COVID-19 vaccine hunt

People across Nottinghamshire are being asked to complete a short online survey to help researchers understand more about attitudes towards COVID-19 vaccine research. It comes as part of activity by a group of research organisations in the region which aims to ensure that people from all backgrounds are given the opportunity to take part in

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15 Oct 2020
Music students on path to career success

Aspiring musicians, recording artists, songwriters, sound engineers and music producers are a step closer to securing their dream careers, following a link-up between West Nottinghamshire College and Confetti Institute of Creative Technologies. Level 3 music students who achieve their qualification at the Mansfield college will gain automatic entry onto degree-level music courses at the Nottingham-based

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9 Oct 2020
New Member Your Home Care gets regulator go-ahead

Your Home Care, the Mansfield Woodhouse-based homecare provider that only launched in July has now got the official go-ahead from the regulatory body that oversees the sector. Set up by friends Paul Pitchford and Scott Marsh, who both have experience in building home care businesses, Your Home Care aims to raise industry standards in Nottinghamshire.

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8 Oct 2020
Notice of Consultations: Kirkby Town Centre Spatial Masterplan – Shaping Kirkby’s Future & Stations Masterplans (Kirkby & Sutton Parkway)

Monday 5th October – until 5.00pm Monday 2nd November 2020 A public consultation on these documents was held in March 2020 but was paused due to the pandemic. This consultation extends the opportunity for local residents and organisations to give their views. Responses to the March consultation have been considered and incorporated as appropriate into

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8 Oct 2020
Festive Campaign in Mansfield to focus on the vulnerable

Restrictions on social gatherings to protect people from the risk of Covid-19 mean that Mansfield District Council has cancelled its annual Christmas lights switch-on event this year. The town centre will still be decorated with Christmas lights over the festive period, however, and there will still be a Christmas tree in the Market Place. But

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8 Oct 2020
Local foodbank receives donation from The Mansfield

  Mansfield Building Society’s Community Support Scheme has donated £250 to Freedom Community Project’s foodbank service. The charity, based in Bolsover, focuses on supporting local disadvantaged communities across North Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire which are struggling with issues such as unemployment, debt and housing problems. The charity’s foodbank currently provides around 3,800 free food parcels per

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8 Oct 2020
It’s curtains down for Simon’s locks

It was the last act for a West Nottinghamshire College performing arts teacher’s long hair last week as he faced the chop for charity. Simon Watt, programme area leader and tutor in performing arts, has been growing his hair for the last four years, after a former colleague motivated him to grow it and have

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8 Oct 2020
Fidler & Pepper Lawyers are in the top 10

Fidler & Pepper Lawyers who are specialists in Conveyancing, have been managing high volumes of work following the pause on the property market due to the Coronavirus outbreak. The final part of the Conveyancing process is to apply to change land ownership at the Land Registry and each month a list of all of these

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29 Sep 2020
Online Awards event proves to be a big hit
The very first online Mansfield and Ashfield 2020 business awards have taken place, giving people the opportunity to Zoom in on the event. The membership organisation works with companies and partners to promote business across the area, giving a powerful voice and lobbying presence to help the two districts. Each year, 2020 puts on a.....
29 Sep 2020
Have your say! How Can Smart Technology help Mansfield businesses?
Smart cities are evolving to improve living, working, recreational and visiting experiences for people.  However each city/town has different needs and challenges, and smart solutions exist in abundance to address the needs and create benefits for a variety of stakeholder groups. There is no single definition of a Smart City and no ‘one size fits.....
29 Sep 2020
Free HR Consultation for M&A 2020 Members

With the economy continuing to be impacted by COVID-19 and the Flexible Furlough Scheme coming to a close at the end of October, many businesses are now starting to think about whether they might need to make some of their staff redundant. On the face of it, the redundancy process looks straight forward. However, failure

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29 Sep 2020
Kick off with Kickstart

  The Kickstart Scheme provides funding to employers to create new 6-month job placements for young people who are currently on Universal Credit and at risk of long-term unemployment. If you could offer work placements and want to find out how you can get involved, please join us to learn more, get advice from scheme

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29 Sep 2020
Priority Skills for D2N2 SMEs

The Priority Skills for D2N2 SMEs project supports SMEs in accessing free bespoke, employer-led training, career coaching and advice to up-skill their employees in vocational and high-level technical skills. NTU currently offer three fully-funded course to employees of SMEs: Women in Leadership is a three-day course which is designed to help women in SMEs to

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29 Sep 2020
Resources to help keep your workplace covid-secure

Mansfield District Council are working closely with Nottinghamshire County Council and Public Health England to share key messages around COVID-19. We want to keep the public informed of the latest guidance that we all need to follow to help slow the spread within our local community. This is a priority at this time when the

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29 Sep 2020
Town Centre investment takes another step forward

Ashfield District Council has progressed major plans to regenerate Kirkby and Sutton.  Investment of up to £25million for Kirkby and £25 million for Sutton has taken another step forward through the Government’s Towns Fund initiative.  Ashfield District Council has been working with the Discover Ashfield board to prepare a Town Investment Plan for the two

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29 Sep 2020
Citizens Advice Ashfield calls for digital volunteers

Citizens Advice Ashfield is seeking volunteers who can provide advice through their webchat and telephone channels as demand increases for advice. Since March over 2000 people have needed help during the COVID crisis with nearly a 200% increase in clients accessing advice around employment and work along with a large increase in housing issues. Kathryn

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29 Sep 2020
Mansfield Building Society’s Charitable Trust donation to Social Action Hub helps tackle local youth loneliness

Mansfield Building Society’s Charitable Trust has donated £2,879 to the Social Action Hub to support their Tree House Project – a scheme launched this year to help tackle the issue of youth loneliness in the local area, which has been amplified by the Government’s lockdown measures. The Social Action Hub, based in Rainworth, was formed

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29 Sep 2020
Geena’s geared up for success

An A-Level student at West Nottinghamshire College is applying her determined spirit to both her studies and a lifelong passion for motorsport – and is set to go far in both. Sixteen-year-old Geena Watkinson, from Shirebrook, first discovered her love for the racetrack at the age of eight when she started karting on a local

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18 Sep 2020
Mansfield Rotary launches Litter Picking campaign

Residents in Mansfield have been urged to get involved in a new initiative to clean up the town — the Just Bin It scheme. Mansfield Rotary Club has spent around £300 on 100 litter-pick tools, which it is making available free to anyone who will pick up litter around their neighbourhood, roadsides, pavements or parks

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18 Sep 2020
How businesses can play their part

It is critical that employers, employees and the self-employed take steps to keep everyone safe. Help stop the spread by: Controlling the number of people in your premises and ensure social distancing is maintained. Maintaining adequate track and trace information. Providing adequate hygiene of premises – hand sanitising points for staff and customers and extra

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18 Sep 2020
Nottinghamshire top-up voucher for gigabit capable broadband to assist businesses and rural homes

Nottinghamshire County Council has launched a top-up voucher to help assist with the delivery of gigabit capable broadband to the county’s rural homes and businesses. The top-up will be delivered through the government’s gigabit broadband voucher scheme in the form of a top-up to the existing rural gigabit voucher. Nottinghamshire small and medium sized businesses

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18 Sep 2020
Upcoming Events from the East Midlands Chamber of Commerce

Fit4HS2 and Public Sector Contracting – Tendering best Practice  – 23 September (10am-11am) The session is brought to you in partnership with Leicestershire County Council and the Leicester and Leicestershire Business Gateway Growth Hub. Delivered by Dewi Hughes, founder and MD of Silverlock Tenders, one of the main tender writing companies in the Midlands, this session will

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18 Sep 2020
Cheers to the new academic year!

Students on catering and hospitality courses at West Nottinghamshire College began their new start at college with a sparkling twist this week The COVID Compliant Cocktail Challenges were organised for the Level 2 Food and Beverage Service students and the Level 3 Hospitality, Supervision and Leadership students, with a view to the top chosen drinks

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18 Sep 2020
Local hospice delivers care package to youngsters dealing with grief during COVID-19 thanks to donation from The Mansfield

Mansfield Building Society’s Community Support Scheme has donated £500 to Treetops Hospice Care in Risley, Derbyshire, to create care packages to help support children dealing with grief during the COVID-19 pandemic. The parcels have been safely delivered by members of the Therapeutic Services Team at the hospice to children who would normally access the services

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18 Sep 2020
Teacher to represent Mansfield in Miss England Final

The News Journal reports that: Performing arts teacher Amy Beilby (26), of Mansfield, has been nominated as a Miss England finalist after entering the contest virtually. Amy is now set to represent her home town after being presented with her tiara and sash by the reigning Miss England, NHS doctor Bhasha Mukherjee, who works at

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Derby University offers fully funded ‘in house’ training for SME’s

All businesses are facing a number of unforeseen challenges or opportunities over the coming months. To help your businesses be better equipped to move forward in the current climate, this Autumn the University of Derby are able to offer a series of ‘in-house’ Advanced Skills Programme short business courses, delivered online through short webinars. These

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10 Sep 2020
Mansfield District Council launches new portal for businesses

Mansfield District Council have launched a new portal on their website specifically aimed at helping businesses access help and support should they need it. There are links to business advice teams, support during Brexit, help to find business grants, Covid information and training opportunities for your staff. The new portal is easy to navigate and

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3 Sep 2020
Check if your eligible for a Green Homes Grant

Homeowners and landlords in England can apply for a voucher towards the cost of installing energy efficient and low-carbon heating improvements to homes, which could help save up to £600 a year on energy bills. The government will provide a voucher that covers up to two thirds of the cost of qualifying improvements to your

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3 Sep 2020
Government announces Kickstart Scheme

The government has introduced a new Kickstart scheme in Great Britain, a £2 billion fund to create hundreds of thousands of high quality 6-month work placements aimed at those aged 16 to 24 who are on Universal Credit and are deemed to be at risk of long term unemployment. Funding available for each job will

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3 Sep 2020
Students take a successful first step into teaching

Students on the Step into Teaching course met in person for the first time at West Nottinghamshire College while taking part in their practical micro-teaching session. The group of six met in a socially-distanced classroom set-up in order to demonstrate to their tutor and classmates the practical element of the course. The programme, which was

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3 Sep 2020
Lawyers re-open the doors in Mansfield and Sutton in Ashfield offices

Conveyancing, Wills and Probate specialists at Mansfield and Ashfield’s Fidler & Pepper Lawyers, reopened their offices to the public for appointments on the 1stSeptember. The local company which was founded in 1888, helps thousands of people each year with the legal side of buying and selling a property and helping to get people’s affairs in

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3 Sep 2020
Local Lounge, Bar and Restaurant reaches important milestone.

Ciao Bella Mansfield Celebrates 5th Anniversary!  Since opening the doors and launching Ciao Bella Mansfield on August Bank Holiday 2015 the Italian restaurant is known has built a reputation for being Mansfield culinary hotspot known for its delicious authentic Italian cuisine and friendly team. The grade 2 listed building as housed many businesses over the

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27 Aug 2020
Watch here – Health and Safety Made Simple

Do you know how COVID-19 slots in with all your other legal health and safety obligations? and more importantly what the law requires business owners and directors to do? The HSE have stepped up their efforts to call upon businesses to make sure they are doing everything reasonably practicable in light of the recent changes

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27 Aug 2020
Watch here – Making Staff Redundant? Avoid Tribunal Stress

  With the economy continuing to be impacted by COVID-19 and the Flexible Furlough Scheme coming to a close at the end of October, many businesses are now starting to think about whether they might need to make some of their staff redundant. On the face of it, the redundancy process looks straight forward. However,

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27 Aug 2020
Do you need help to employ an Apprentice?

Nottinghamshire County Council is now able to work with other employers, supporting them to take on new apprentices and to develop existing employees. The Council can transfer funds to employers for new apprenticeship starts, particularly where the funds will create an apprenticeship that would not have been created without the transfer. The fund supports Nottinghamshire

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21 Aug 2020
Students celebrate “hard-earned” GCSE results

Students at West Nottinghamshire College have collected their “hard-earned” GCSE results, earning congratulations for their achievements from the principal. National GCSE results day yesterday (Thursday 20 August 2020) saw the college record an overall pass rate of 98.9%. Principal and chief executive Andrew Cropley praised students for their “resilience” in “these unprecedented and difficult times”,

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14 Aug 2020
Summit Big opens in Ashfield

A year after the contracts were signed, Amazon have announced today that they’ll be opening their latest fulfilment centre on Summit Park. The 1,750,000 square foot fulfilment centre has been built on Summit Park, located off the Mansfield and Ashfield Regeneration Route (MARR), which had stood empty for almost ten years waiting for a requirement

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14 Aug 2020
Watch Again – Learn how to drive your business out of the crisis

M&A 2020 Member Rod Fuller – Action Coach delivered a very informative, interesting presentation about how you can implement actions from both a personal and business perspective to help you get ahead during the current economic crisis. There is something in here for everyone to learn about how they can improve their business to help

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13 Aug 2020
A-level students praised in “most extraordinary of years”

Students at West Nottinghamshire College have been praised for achieving their qualifications in “this most extraordinary of years” after collecting their eagerly-anticipated A-level results today (Thursday 13 August 2020). Speaking on A-level results day, principal and chief executive Andrew Cropley paid tribute to the ‘class of 2020’ for securing the grades to progress to university,

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13 Aug 2020
Portland Print Reopens for Business

After temporarily closing their doors in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Portland Print is excited to be re-opening for business from 17thAugust, on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The team provide a high quality print and finishing service for many local businesses and community groups, including business cards, magazines, books, posters, binding, duplicate pads, photocopying

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13 Aug 2020
Mansfield District Council – Discretionary grants fund reopens

Businesses in Mansfield district have another opportunity to apply for government-funded financial assistance to support them during the COVID-19 crisis. The second and final round of Discretionary Grants with revised criteria is open for applications on a first come first served basis from today (Monday 10 August) until Friday 14 August. This fund is aimed at

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13 Aug 2020
Small businesses hit by the pandemic to access support through government partnership with Nottingham Business School

Nottingham Business School (NBS) is working with the Small Business Charter to deliver a specialised government funded programme for leaders of small businesses to survive and thrive in the coming months and post coronavirus. This new scheme comes as part of a £20million package the government are providing to help small businesses in the long

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5 Aug 2020
***SHOUT OUT TO HELP OUT – FREE SUPPORT FOR YOUR BUSINESS***

Craig Benford (BFS Accountants) and John Morley (i-Sourcer) are working together to help businesses get back on their feet. Throughout August we are offering to shout about your business in our “Shout out to help out” campaign. We understand some businesses are currently struggling and need help to get themselves back on their feet and

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31 Jul 2020
Carsic Clean-up follow up

Following last week’s days of Action on Carsic Estate, Council Community Protection Officers have issued Fixed Penalty Notices for anti-social behaviour. Ashfield District Council street cleansing crews undertook two days of action clearing litter, dog mess, weeds and moss from alleyways across the estate as part of the Council’s commitment to keeping our streets cleaner.

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31 Jul 2020
Idlewells Indoor Market restrictions are relaxed

From Thursday 30thJuly, some restrictions at Idlewells Indoor Market will be eased following government guidance, including the reinstatement of seating in the foodcourt.  The food businesses have been open throughout lockdown and have been incredibly popular. The remaining Indoor Market traders have been open for business since 15thJune and really appreciate the support they have

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31 Jul 2020
Reporting COVID-19 to RIDDOR

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has published new guidance for reporting COVID-19 cases under RIDDOR (The Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 2013). This guidance gives further detail to help you determine if you need to make a report and provides some principles to use when assessing the information available and making

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31 Jul 2020
Drive Your Business Forward post COVID
  Do you have a plan to grow your business or move to the next level? Do you want to increase your sales? Do you know where to start? How to DRIVE your business forward post COVID 19 is a challenge that most SME businesses are currently facing and finding a challenge. It doesn’t have.....
24 Jul 2020
Portland College Annual Awards Day 2020
On Wednesday, Portland College held their annual Awards Day, a day of celebration of the last academic year and the achievements that learners and citizens have made. This year, it was obviously very different and the 16 awards were split into 3 separate ceremonies in order to keep everyone safe. Portland was honoured to welcome.....
24 Jul 2020
Lizzies nimble skills raise a treat for John Eastwood Hospice

Elizabeth Orridge of Elizabeth Orridge Photography and one of our own board of directors has exceeded her goal to raise £1000 for John Eastwood Hospice after  putting down her cameras to sew hundreds of uniform washbags and ear protectors for NHS staff and keyworkers. Elizabeth made a total of 1,058 items during lockdown, including uniform

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24 Jul 2020
Businesses plan to make Covid-19 adaptations permanent

Mansfield and Ashfield NewsJoural reports that: New research from Santander UK reveals that a quarter (25%) of SMEs in the Midlands plan to make their Covid-19 adaptations a permanent feature post-pandemic as over half (51%) found they not only survived, but actually grew their customer base during Covid-19. The study – which polled 2,050 senior

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24 Jul 2020
Leisure Centres set to re-open

Ashfield Leisure centres in Ashfield are set to reopen from coronavirus closure after discussions between Ashfield District Council and leisure operator Everyone Active. Lammas Leisure Centre, Sutton; Festival Hall Leisure Centre, Kirkby; and Hucknall Leisure Centre will reopen their gyms and group exercise studios on Saturday, 1st August. All other facilities, including swimming pools, will

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24 Jul 2020
Ashfield Council carries out Carsic Clean-up

Ashfield District Council have been carrying out a clean-up around the alleyways of Carsic estate in Sutton. Street cleansing crews have been out clearing litter, dog mess, weeds and moss from alleyways across the estate as part of the Council’s commitment to keeping our streets cleaner. Cllr John Smallridge, Councillor for Carsic said “For the

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24 Jul 2020
Learners get to grips with biology during ‘The Post-Mortem Live’

While their home studies have been alive and well, students from West Nottinghamshire College enhanced their science skills looking at how death affects the body and its organs. Students on applied science, health and social care, and sports science courses at the Mansfield college tuned-in to watch nationally-acclaimed human anatomist Samuel Piri and his clinical

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17 Jul 2020
Taekwondo school need space – Can you help?

Lloyd school of Taekwondo, run classes in various spaces such as village halls and leisure centres in Mansfield and surrounding areas. Due to the prolonged closure of these types of venues they have been heavily affected by the pandemic as the students have not been able to train. Lloyd School have moved their classes online

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16 Jul 2020
Ashfield District Council Needs You!

Ashfield District Council are looking for a range of talented people to come and join the Council in a variety of roles. We currently have a wide range of positions in our Environment and Housing teams from Housing Officer, Joiner and Environment & Cemeteries Manager to Vehicle Technician. Ashfield District Council has ambitious plans for

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16 Jul 2020
Free Marketing MOT from Touchpoints Marketing
If coronavirus has affected your business or you're ready to take it to the next level, 'The Marketing MOT' online course may be just the thing to help. Mansfield based double award-winning business woman and Entrepreneur, Victoria Prince, is offering FREE access to her course for the first 100 businesses who register with the code MDC before 31 July (RRP £97)......
16 Jul 2020
Mansfield Building Society opens new Market Place branch

Mansfield Building Society, which is celebrating its 150th year, has opened a new branch in the heart of Mansfield, in the town’s historic Market Place. The Mansfield’s brand new branch, located at the bottom of Regent Street, is a stone’s throw away from its Head Office and opened its doors at 9am on Monday 13th

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9 Jul 2020
Making staff redundant? Avoid the stress of a Tribunal!
With the economy continuing to be impacted by COVID-19 and the Flexible Furlough Scheme coming to a close at the end of October, many businesses are now starting to think about whether they might need to make some of their staff redundant. On the face of it, the redundancy process looks straight forward. However, failure.....
9 Jul 2020
East Midlands Chamber Quarterly Economic Survey – Q2

  Chamber Commentary The speed at which the economy shut down because of the UK’s – and the global – response to the coronavirus pandemic was unprecedented. Whole swathes of the business community either ceased or dramatically reduced activity, with some yet to get back underway. While there are some sectors and businesses that have seen

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9 Jul 2020
Hold the front page! Students’ magazine initiative gets high praise

Students at West Nottinghamshire College became writers and editors of their own magazine during the country’s lockdown, earning them high praise from the principal. Production of a 28-page magazine called Initiative became an extended project for the Level 1 Practical Work Skills group as part of their media option of the course. Together with their

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9 Jul 2020
Jephsons Supporting Customers During Covid 19 Crisis

As the COVID19 pandemic evolves, Jephsons is committed to the safety and wellbeing of all team members. Under government guidance, Jephsons have safely re-opened their Mansfield offices incorporating new procedures and precautions to protect staff and supply chain from Covid-19. The full team are back and working in full capacity again! Commercial Director Ian Jephsons

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9 Jul 2020
Take the 2020 Employer Skills Survey

The D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), working with Skills Support for the Workforce, is seeking the views of Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire employers. We appreciate that this is a difficult time for many organisations. We are keen to understand what funded training provision might benefit your organisation in better times and also what needs may have

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9 Jul 2020
College principal tells students: “We are so proud of you all.”

West Nottinghamshire College principal and chief executive Andrew Cropley has paid tribute to students and apprentices as the academic year draws to a close – praising their endeavours in their studies as well as resilience during lockdown. Mr Cropley gave his thanks and good wishes through a video message, addressing learners who have now completed

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2 Jul 2020
Virtual Networking just for you!
  Following feedback from a recent 2020 event we felt that during the current social distancing restrictions, many businesses would really benefit from the opportunity to JUST get to know one another over a virtual coffee. After our trial last month a number of our attendees really appreciated the opportunity to speak to people virtually.....
2 Jul 2020
Support your local independent businesses

July 4th has a strong link with American Independence Day but here in the UK following our own period of restrictions due to COVID, independence day could have a greater meaning. For a number of our local businesses across Ashfield and Mansfield, COVID has hit them hard, from small flower retailers, restaurants and hospitality businesses, right

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Digital Strategy and Transformation

Thursday July 2nd saw the first of our virtual digital transformation workshops. Chris Morledge delivered a fantastic presentation around why businesses need to embrace the move to digital to ensure they are meeting customer needs and expectations. Many of the giant organisations such as Amazon and Uber have impacted on customer expectations and as a result,

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2 Jul 2020
Halo Recruit appoint new commercial team member

**Announcement** Halo Recruit Ltd. are now expanding their commercial, permanent division and have employed Maria Noble to oversee all permanent recruitment!! 😃 We are accepting all permanent roles from NOW!! If you need any help in recruiting the right fit for your company in the Nottinghamshire / Derbyshire area please do get in touch, I would

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East Midlands Chamber of Commerce – Business Readiness Events and Brexit Support

The Chamber’s comprehensive Brexit Support Programme assists businesses to ensure they are better prepared for the change that Brexit will undoubtedly bring. In its mildest form, Brexit-related changes for a business may require a simple recalibration of operations after Brexit occurs. In other cases, however, it may mean a fundamental remodelling in order to contend

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Business Sustainability from the University of Derby

  The global pandemic is challenging business models and approaches to sustainable growth. Businesses are experiencing unprecedented levels of turbulence for many however, the drive to decarbonise and grow sustainably remains the focus of their business strategy. To help facilitate conversations and review opportunities in relation to the best way forward we would like to invite

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2 Jul 2020
Mansfield Building Society donates £2,500 to local foodbank

  Mansfield Building Society has donated £2,500 to Sherwood Forest Foodbank based in Mansfield Woodhouse, to purchase essential food and toiletries for people in need as the economic impact of the pandemic is felt across the region. Reports suggest that a record number of people used foodbanks during the first month of lockdown.  The Trussell

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2 Jul 2020
Silver success for Georgia

A national awards ceremony hosted online has seen a West Nottinghamshire College construction student scoop a silver award for her endeavours and commitment to her course. Eighteen-year-old Georgia Thompson-Nicolls’ hard work and dedication was celebrated at the tenth anniversary of Pearson’s annual BTEC Awards earning her the title of BTEC Construction Student of the Year

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26 Jun 2020
RHUBARB FARM CROWDFUNDING CAMPAIGN

Please could you pledge a small amount of money to help Rhubarb Farm? Or share this email to your contacts? Aviva have supported us with a crowdfunding page. We have asked for £2,000 towards the salary of our Food Support Worker, to co-ordinate our food bag deliveries and cooked meals project. We hope to raise

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25 Jun 2020
Online courses from the University of Derby

  Leading in Challenging Times, Thursday 25 June 15.30 – 17.45 The current pandemic has brought with it many different challenges and businesses within our region have undoubtedly felt the impact. On Thursday we will be holding a free ‘Leading in Challenging Times’ webinar so that you can hear how others have successfully overcome different

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Virtual Workshops to support SME’s

    In response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown, Nottingham Trent University (NTU) are hosting a number of virtual workshops to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. Find out more and sign up below. Maintaining your personal and professional resilience and wellbeing through this challenging time Our ‘Developing and Maintaining

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Midlands Asset Finance to offer CBILS
We are pleased to announce that we now have a large number of asset finance funders who are accredited with the Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) and are looking to support more businesses across the UK.   Whilst Midlands Asset Finance has been established for 10 years, our dedicated CBILS team was formed at.....
Guidance from Mansfield District Council to help with re-opening your business
Mansfield District Council have set up a dedicated web page to help businesses find all the information they may need when considering re-opening for business. Reopening your business As you consider reopening your business or returning to full active work then you may find the information, guides and check lists below useful to help you.....
16 Jun 2020
Mansfield leading high streets recovery says national report

There is some good news for our local town of Mansfield, following the lifting of some of the social distancing measures imposed by government at the end of March, it has been reported that footfall has increased. The News Journal reports that: ‘Mansfield is leading the way on how high streets are recovering from the

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15 Jun 2020
LOCKDOWN FUNK

Mansfield based Electric Bear Studio brings 25+ musicians together under COVID19 Lockdown By collaborating remotely with over 25 musicians from around the UK, Electric Bear Studios has created a super-mash-up cover of “Uptown Funk” by Mark Ronson & Bruno Mars. In an attempt to keep music alive whilst under lockdown, the Mansfield studio coordinated with their family

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Dementia Friendly group creates a little sunshine for sufferers during Covid-19 with help from The Mansfield

Ashfield and Mansfield Dementia Friendly Communities Partnership (AMDFCP) has received a donation of £500 from Mansfield Building Society’s Community Support Scheme to help those living with dementia in the local area. The donation has been used to create ‘little bags of sunshine’ which provide fun and inspiring activities for those living with dementia, and their

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12 Jun 2020
D2N2 Growth Hub are able to offer grants to eligible businesses via our Business Investment Fund

Who can access the fund and what is it for? The D2N2 Business Investment Fund is available to support small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) with projects that will directly improve their productivity, efficiency and/ or job creation. The fund will support projects such as digital developments, specialist consultancy advice and some equipment purchases. It’s

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11 Jun 2020
CV-19 – Information for Traders and Town Centre Businesses

As shops, businesses and town centres look to open up again, the following may be helpful to circulate amongst your members and local trader groups. Guidance on Opening The government’s advice on re-opening for the different types of businesses in different sectors and settings is available here, noting the specific shops and branches advice.  The

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11 Jun 2020
FREE Online Courses for Notts Residents

Inspire Learning is offering Nottinghamshire residents FREE online courses as part of a new summer programme to promote health and wellbeing, help people into employment or training, and support home schooling. People can sign up to learn something new, explore a hobby or new interest and develop their skills. For parents who need help with

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Deadline Extended – Nottinghamshire County Council wants to hear from all Tourism, Hospitality and related businesses

The County Council is keen to understand the economic impact of COVID-19 on all tourism, hospitality and related businesses in Nottinghamshire. As one of the worst hit sectors, the Council and partners want to consider how the sector may need supporting going forward and to help raise specific awareness of the case for support in

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5 Jun 2020
Mansfield District Council Launch Discretionary Fund Portal
Businesses that were not eligible for government funding through previous COVID-19 related financial support packages, including the Small Business Grant Fund or the Retail, Leisure and Hospitality Fund, are being invited to apply for funding through the Discretionary Grant Fund from today. The new fund of £944,500 is aimed at small and micro businesses that.....
4 Jun 2020
Message from Mansfield and Ashfield 2020 Chairman

The gradual ease of lockdown this week presented several interesting debates around the current COVID 19 situation and where are we now? More employee’s returning to work, some children returning to school and many business owners considering how to make the workplace, the work experience and the wellbeing of their teams, with the possibility of

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4 Jun 2020
Virtual Networking just for you!
  Following feedback from our recent 2020 event we felt that during the current social distancing restrictions, many businesses would really benefit from the opportunity to JUST get to know one another over a virtual coffee. A number of our attendees really appreciated the opportunity to speak to people virtually that they had never chatted.....
Virtual Workshops to support SME’s

    In response to the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdown, Nottingham Trent University (NTU) are hosting a number of virtual workshops to support small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire. Find out more and sign up below.   Making digital recruitment work for you Learn how to conduct an efficient and robust recruitment

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Complimentary employee engagement surveys

Mansfield and Ashfield member, Joanne Wurpillot of Integra HR offers Complimentary employee engagement surveys. Employee engagement has a direct impact on productivity and profit, but recent research by Toluna and Harris Interactive has shown that employee engagement has taken a major hit as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and 35% of employees were less

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4 Jun 2020
College supporting mass-production of protective visors to aid front-line care workers treating coronavirus patients

West Nottinghamshire College is supporting a major effort to produce one-million protective visors each month to safeguard front-line health and care workers in the fight against coronavirus. Since early May the college has opened the doors to its Kirkby-in-Ashfield site – which has been closed to students since Friday 20 March due to the national

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28 May 2020
Meet the Expert – Is this you?

Mansfield and Ashfield 2020 are busy behind the scenes collaborating with members to deliver interesting content via online platforms such as Zoom to help businesses in the region work their way out of the current crisis. Our first instalment of this series is with regards to HR and H&S and will be run in early

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28 May 2020
University of Derby offers free online skills support for business

  The business world is experiencing radical changes as a result of the Coronavirus pandemic. All of us are coming to terms with the fundamental changes it has brought to our ways of working, our businesses, lifestyles and families. The University of Derby remains as committed as ever to supporting our business community. In response

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28 May 2020
Mental Health First Aid Training from AW Safety

Mansfield and Ashfield 2020 Members  AW Safety are delighted to announce they will be hosting one of the UK’s 1st Virtual Mental Health England First Aid Courses. This is your opportunity to appoint a Mental health specialist within your business and lay the groundwork to support your employees in the months and years to come.

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26 May 2020
Message from Mansfield and Ashfield 2020 Chairman

As a number of businesses bring back their employees into a somewhat different workplace than the ones they left, it is easy to understand some of the problems both business owners and their employees face. Now is a time to seek out those leaders who go the extra mile and who do everything in their

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21 May 2020
Other-worldly beings take over students’ bodies
We all feel like we’re living in a different world right now, but students from West Nottinghamshire College recently took this to another level with their specialist artistry. Using the techniques and skills learnt in the classroom, Level 2 Technical Certificate in Make-up Artistry students put their work into colourful practice at home after receiving.....
14 May 2020
M&A 2020 Businesses open for business
Mansfield and Ashfield 2020 put a call out at the end of April to ask which of our members were still ‘open for business’ during the COVID-19 outbreak. The quick responses were great to read! It demonstrates our resilience, determination and adaptability, even in difficult times. We are really keen to support our local businesses.....
14 May 2020
Message from Mansfield and Ashfield 2020 Chairman

This week saw the first signs of relief from the lockdown restrictions around the UK, and as with many things, opinion was divided. No matter our political stance we must all work to one clear message if we are to bounce back as smoothly as we can. That is to support each other and help

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14 May 2020
Mansfield based Hall-Fast have launched their second new business within a week.

Workplace Safety Protection Ltd, which is a trading name of Hall-Fast Industrial Supplies Limited are suppliers of Workplace Safety Protection solutions to businesses that want to ensure that both their employees and customers are socially distanced at work. Their range includes Protection Blinds, Protection Screens, Social Distancing Safety Signage, Hygiene Stations, Equipment, Personal Protective Equipment

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Write your business into the 2020 Newsletter

Mansfield & Ashfield 2020 needs your news – but do you know how best to supply information that will make the headlines? The website and newsletter are valuable communication tools, sharing information and news from member businesses and key partners. It’s important to do this at any time, but more nowadays because of what’s happening

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6 May 2020
Mansfield Garage Doors Launch Holiday Competition

2020 Members, Mansfield garage Doors have this week launched a competition to win a weekend away in a luxury holiday home at Tattershall Lakes. As people stay at home, thoughts of holidays seem a distant memory. To help Mansfield Garage Doors have teamed up with local company Fells Hot Tub to promote UK holidays. To

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6 May 2020
Message from Mansfield and Ashfield 2020 Chairman

During the last couple of weeks in lockdown Mansfield and Ashfield 2020 have been working hard behind the scenes laying out strategies that will support members, local businesses and the wider community when the inevitable release is timetabled. Those businesses who have managed to work through the crisis have done so with empathy and with

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5 May 2020
How To Create Better Content And Reach Your Business Goals

What impact is COVID19 having on your business decisions? The entire business community has been hit by COVID 19! Some are thriving while others are barely surviving. Whichever one you fall in line with – one thing is for sure – we won’t be running our business or our homes the same ever again! We

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ARBA Submits Plans for £12m Stockwell Gateway

Plans to regenerate a part of Mansfield town centre with the £12m redevelopment of the former bus station site have moved a step closer. The Mansfield-based ARBA Group has now submitted plans to Mansfield District Council for its showcase Stockwell Gateway project. Proposals include a six-storey, nationally-branded, 100-bedroom hotel with breakfast lounge, along with three

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Ashfield District Council – Listening to Residents is the key to our Economic Regeneration

Ashfield District Council has launched its consultation on the future of Kirkby and Sutton. Each town could receive up to £25 million and the ambitious Council want the community to have its say on how this money could be spent.  An online public consultation will take place until 30thMay. Sutton in Ashfield and Kirkby in

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1 May 2020
Students give nature a helping hand from their gardens

Animal Care students from West Nottinghamshire College have been giving nature a helping hand whilst learning at home. As part of their studies on wildlife and habitat improvements, tutor Cherilyn Huff set students on the entry-level 3 course  the challenge of making a bird feeder out of materials they could get hold of in the

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23 Apr 2020
Message from Mansfield and Ashfield 2020 Chairman

Being locked down has been a time for reflection on what really matters in life. Like most, I have family and friends to consider on a daily basis. How are they? How do they feel? Are they managing? Can I do anything? It must be the same with many business owners who have the added

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23 Apr 2020
How has COVID-19 affected your business?

Mansfield District Council are asking business owners in the area to complete their survey to help them understand how the COVID-19 virus has affected their business. Business across the Mansfield District are no doubt feeling the effects of the lockdown, from closing shops to furloughing staff, we have all had to make changes to the

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23 Apr 2020
Mansfield Building Society donates £2,500 to the Community Response Fund to help people deal with the impact of COVID-19

Mansfield Building Society has donated £2,500 to the Mansfield Community Response Network Fund to help voluntary groups and charities support vulnerable people in the district who are affected by the social distancing measures introduced as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. The fund was launched by Mansfield District Council to support vulnerable people who may

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17 Apr 2020
SME support from the CBI – Webinar Monday 20th April

    Policy Briefing Webinar – Supporting SME businesses impacted by coronavirus 20 April 2020,   15.30 – 16.15   45mins   How to ensure business continuity in the face of the coronavirus related issues Join us to get the latest information on the new Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.   Get the latest guidance and intelligence around

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16 Apr 2020
Sarah McNicol – Coaching support for difficult times

What’s on offer and Why…   For the duration of the covid lockdown I’m offering free weekly group coaching sessions to all Mansfield and Ashfield 2020 members. That’s one hour a week of live coaching, encouragement and guidance to help you to navigate the challenges of this unfolding situation as effectively as possible for yourself,

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16 Apr 2020
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Guidance from HMRC

A number of our members have been asking questions around the Job Retention Scheme, please see the latest information from HMRC below: Eligibility you can claim for employees that were employed as of 19 March 2020 and were on your PAYE payroll on or before that date; this means that you will have made an

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16 Apr 2020
Hopkins Solicitors are still here to help you

Mansfield and Ashfield 2020 Members Hopkins Solicitors have asked us to share the following information with you:  We are still here to help you We want to take this opportunity to let the public know we remain open for business to support our private and business community during this extremely difficult time. In light of

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16 Apr 2020
Team spirit and innovation to help front line workers

Innovation in 3D printing and concern for healthcare workers on the front line is behind a production line of vital equipment, inspired by West Nottinghamshire College. A team of eleven creatives have joined forces to provide front line staff with additional PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) in the shape of facial protective visors to help prevent the

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16 Apr 2020
More Awards Success for Buckley Brown Estate Agents

Buckley Brown, the award-winning Mansfield-based estate agents, has just collected another accolade in recognition of its commitment to delivering great service. The company, founded in 2015 by Jon Brown, Sean Kenny and Mark Stevenson, scooped the title of Best Letting Agent in the East Midlands in the recent British Property Awards. It was at the

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16 Apr 2020
Health & Safety Webinar from AW Safety

  Mansfield and Ashfield 2020 Member AW Safety are holding the following free webinar next week. Come join us at 2pm on Thursday 23 April 2020 where we will be joined by industry experts to provide the very latest updates on: Health and Safety, chaired by Adam Wade, founder of AW Safety Employment law update and HR options,

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16 Apr 2020
Business PPE Campaign Makes Impressive Start – #ppe4nhs

A campaign encouraging businesses in the Mansfield and Ashfield area to donate spare personal protective equipment (PPE) to support NHS and key service workers dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic has made an impressive start.   Martin Rigley MBE, Managing Director of Lindhurst Engineering Ltd in Sutton in Ashfield, who is spearheading the #ppe4nhs campaign said:

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Flowers from Brambles Florist

Brambles Florists are offering an Orchid Porto Box for delivery only whilst we are in these strange times of forced shop closure. Brambles Florist said: “We have chosen to offer the Orchid Porto Box as the flowers are long-lasting and they stay in the box they are presented in, we can drop them at the

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9 Apr 2020
Patrick’s skills continue to soar!

A hospitality student at West Nottinghamshire College is being applauded once more after succeeding at the national heats of a prestigious catering competition. Patrick Murray, 19, of Selston, discovered that he will be competing in the national grand finals of the Nestlé Professional Toque D’Or college competitions following his top skills at the heats in

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Coach helps students REALISE strengths in tough times

A Newstead-based life coach has been lending her skills to students from West Nottinghamshire College, to help with motivation and emotional and spiritual wellbeing during these uncertain times. Transformation coach Sarah McNicol has almost 30 years of experience in coaching and mentoring. Her interest was first sparked in this field after attending a transformation training

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6 Apr 2020
Can You Help Frontline Staff At Kings Mill Hospital?

Dr Irena Guzik, A Consultant Anaesthetist at Kings Mill Hospital has asked if businesses who have 3D printing capability could print protective visors used by frontline staff? Here are some helpful videos: If you can help, please contact Irena direct on irena.guzik@nhs.net, also, do let us know.

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5 Apr 2020
Social media Help from i-Sourcer

John Morley from i-Sourcer has kindly offered all 2020 Members help with their Social Media. See the list of offers i-Sourcer can help you and your business with: Free Linkedin review, does your profile work for your business? We can provide support and advice to make the most if it Free platform set-up, social media

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We’re in it together

Dear fellow members To support our business community, I’m offering free weekly online group coaching sessions for all Mansfield and Ashfield 2020 members for the duration of lockdown conditions. You probably know the analogy of applying your own oxygen mask before you help others in the event of a plane crash. Same applies here, in

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31 Mar 2020
WOODHEAD GROUP TAKES DECISION TO ‘PRESS PAUSE’ ON-SITE AMIDST COVID-19 CRISIS BUT EMPHASISES “WE’RE STILL OPEN FOR BUSINESS”

The Government has advised that construction and housebuilding sites should remain open at the current time. However, the health, safety and wellbeing of our people, our supply chain, our clients and the public has always been our top priority. With that in mind, the Woodhead Group has decided to pause activity on our construction, housebuilding,

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How can we help?

Mansfield and Ashfield 2020 understand that this is a difficult time for all of our businesses right now and would like you to tell us how we can help both now and in th future. We are living through (wait for it!) unprecedented times and we are sure that you as business owners are learning

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6 Mar 2020
M&A 2020 Member Halo Recruit have moved!

Mansfield and Ashfield 2020 Members Halo Recruit are excited to announce their recent move to the newly refurbished Old Town Hall in Mansfield Town Centre. The building has recently undergone a £2m transformation and as a result Halo Recruit Director, Hayley Aldread, made the decision to occupy both floors of office space on offer. This

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Accolades for courageous students Katie and Georgie

West Nottinghamshire College students Katie Bloomfield and Georgie Ancliffe have been honoured at an annual celebration of Mansfield’s most courageous young people. They were amongst 11 inspirational youngsters from schools, colleges and education-providers to be commended at the 29th Courage Awards, staged by the Rotary Club of Mansfield. At an emotional lunchtime ceremony at Portland

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6 Mar 2020
M&A 2020 Member Shacklocks raise £700 ‘Trying it for TenFifty’

Shacklocks employees have created and taken part in a variety of imaginative and fun experience days to raise £700 for local not-for-profit initiative TenFifty. TenFifty is a night club initiative, exclusively for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities, held on the first Monday of the month in Mansfield. TenFifty supports people to experience the night club

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6 Mar 2020
Kirkby Rotary club

Kirkby Rotary Club are looking for new volunteers and guests to attend their Ferret Racing. These are of course separate activities! Take a look below to find out more…              

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Chef returns to his roots for students’ fine dining event

An ex-catering student turned Michelin-starred chef is returning to his roots at West Nottinghamshire College’s Refined restaurant to cook a six-course extravaganza. Lee Smith, who graduated from the Level 3 Professional Cookery course in the summer of 2006, will be guest chef on Thursday 19 March, supported by the college’s current Level 3 Professional Cookery

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27 Feb 2020
VWNC Scientists put on a real show

An exhibition of young scientists’ experiments and research was on show this month at West Nottinghamshire College. Learners on the BTEC Foundation Diploma in Applied Science (Forensic Science) have been working diligently putting together personalised research projects using the science-based skills they’ve learnt so far on the diploma. One experiment saw Cory Cheetham, 18, testing

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27 Feb 2020
Mansfield Town Football Club Spring Business Fair

Mansfield Town Football Club would like to invite you to our second ever Spring Business Fair, taking place in the club’s 1861 and Kevin Bird Suites from 11am to 3pm on Thursday 19 March. This event is free entry and gives business of all types and sizes the opportunity to network with a range of

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27 Feb 2020
University of Nottingham – Energy for business grants available

Energy for Business’ is an EU funded programme that has been put in place to support SMEs in the Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire region (D2N2). It is delivered by the Energy Innovation and Collaboration team at the University of Nottingham, who are ideally placed to forge links between businesses and world-class academics, researchers and graduate talent

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27 Feb 2020
Portland College Launch Event – Woodland Adventure Zone

Portland College write: We are extremely proud of this brand new, fully accessible forest adventure and we’d love for you to celebrate with us at our official launch event on Saturday 28th March 2020 from 10am until 2pm. Purpose-built within the grounds of Portland College, the Woodland Adventure Zone is accessible for wheelchair users and

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27 Feb 2020
M&A 2020 Chairman’s Breakfast Roundup

Thank you to all our members for their continued support and attendance at today’s breakfast meeting. Asked recently about the split of responsibilities this term between myself and Jane Box I would like to give a little more clarity. The role of Chair is quite complex and onerous at times and it was agreed at

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Mansfield-based bespoke joinery business seeing success with NTU apprentice

Realm Projects, the employer Through the GRADS for D2N2 project, Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is supporting small and medium-sized enteprises (SMEs) based in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire with a package of free and subsidised support to help them identify their skills and talent needs, and benefit from graduate talent in the region. Realm Projects are a

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21 Feb 2020
M&A 2020 New Member

Brindis is a specialist sales performance consultancy run by consultants for clients. By having direct interaction with stakeholders we are better able to deliver required outcomes more effectively. We are all about ‘performance enhancement’ for the people we work with and all over the world Brindis has worked with clients to improve the results of

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14 Feb 2020
Patrick’s stirring up a whole lot of success

Staff and students in the hospitality team at West Nottinghamshire College are toasting a student’s national competition success with an Irish coffee with a twist. Level 3 Hospitality, Supervision and Leadership student Patrick Murray has successfully reached the national heats of the famous Toque D’Or competitions for his vegan version of a traditional Irish coffee.

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14 Feb 2020
Students are responsible tourists on Gambian adventure

While most of us were scraping ice from the windscreens in January, travel and tourism students from West Nottinghamshire College were enjoying a canoe trip down the river in 37 degree temperatures! They swapped the classroom for The Gambia for seven days during a fact-finding mission to learn all about the African culture, how to

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6 Feb 2020
Respectful Care expands into Worksop

A Nottinghamshire-based domiciliary care company rated Outstanding for Caring has expanded into the Worksop area. Officially founded in 2013, Respectful Care’s aim is to raise standards of care and improve the working conditions of care professionals. Based in premises in Mansfield Woodhouse, Respectful Care already covers the Mansfield area, Nottingham, Chesterfield and Rotherham. Now, its

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6 Feb 2020
Mansfield Building Society raise over £17,000 for Macmillan

  Mansfield Building Society has raised a grand total of £17,243 for Macmillan Cancer Support over three years – trebling their original £5,000 fundraising target. The money raised by the Society will go to help people in Mansfield, Ashfield and Chesterfield by providing financial, practical and emotional support to individuals and families affected by cancer.

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6 Feb 2020
Come and spend Valentine’s weekend at Mansfield Town Football Club with the amazing Hamilton Browne, the world’s number one Lionel Richie tribute act!

    Mansfield Town Football Club asks MA 2020 members to celebrate valentines with them. Further details below: Hamilton has an uncanny resemblance to one of the biggest names in Motown music. Lionel Richie himself prompted the BBC to invite Hamilton to guest alongside himself on the Graham Norton Show and he also recently appeared

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31 Jan 2020
Ashfield Citizens Advice to expand its outreach offering

The outreach and mobile service is expanding around the district and including more Dr’s practices and medical centres. Based in the Ashfield Health & Wellbeing Centre in Kirkby in Ashfield since 2015, the Citizens Advice service has had a long association with the NHS in Ashfield. Kathryn Stacey CEO at Citizens Advice Ashfield said ‘We

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MA2020 Chairmans Breakfast Roundup

‘Many thanks to all who attended the first breakfast meeting of 2020, what a fantastic turn out on a cold January morning, it was great to see so many members and their guests. Jane Box introduced our new Operations manager Ella McManus, who with your support will become a valued member of the team, please

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31 Jan 2020
Region’s businesses look for greater certainty in 2020 – News from East Midlands Chamber

Region’s businesses look for greater certainty in 2020 Findings from the Quarterly Economic Survey for Q4 2019 are once again characterised by long-running uncertainty, resulting in another mixed picture across the region, the latest data from East Midlands Chamber suggests. Advanced orders/bookings struggled in the final quarter of the year, particularly in the manufacturing sector,

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All change at M&A2020 HQ!

This month (January) Mansfield and Ashfield 2020 said goodbye to two valued members of staff – Michelle Errett and Mark Higginbottom, who have decided to graze in new pastures. Michelle joined us in 2016 as our Operations and Events co-ordinator working alongside Caroline Cox, Operations Manager. Mark joined us in 2018 to assist Michelle when

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Nottingham Apprenticeships Conference

To celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 2020, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham College and Nottingham Jobs are inviting you to an informative morning event to discuss the many tangible benefits apprenticeships can bring to your business in Nottingham and beyond. The Nottingham Apprenticeships Conference aims to bring together employers from across the region to discuss the future

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Football in the Community with AW Safety Management

Recently the AW Safety team office manager, Amanda Neuville, and our trainer, Glyn Bagshaw, visited the Football in the Community team at the Stags Football ground.  This was during the October half term holiday club and in support of the British Heart Foundation yearly campaign. The children enjoyed their short Restart-a-Heart workshop learning vital skills

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12 Dec 2019
Stopfords Challenge 25

Employees of Mansfield-based Accountancy Firm Stopford Associates have been running, cycling and swimming 25 miles to raise over £2,500 for three local charities. Founded by Brian Stopford in 1994, the firm of Chartered Accountants and Business Advisers has grown from a kitchen table business of four people to a thriving company with currently 23 employees.

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5 Dec 2019
Visioning Day

Sarah McNicol is helping people create their thrilling new chapter, we start by looking deep inside. That’s where the insights that yield the juiciest results lie.

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5 Dec 2019
Mansfield Building Society makes a ‘knockout’ donation to Mansfield All Star Amateur Boxing Club

Mansfield All Star Amateur Boxing Club has received a £500 donation from Mansfield Building Society’s Community Support Scheme to support the club with the purchase of new and high-end equipment.   The club was launched this year and is run completely by volunteers in the heart of Mansfield.  Their aim is to improve mental and

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21 Nov 2019
Awards night pride for creative students

A performing arts and three TV and film students from West Nottinghamshire College sparkled amongst the finalists at the Nursing Times Awards last week in London following their work on a learning disabilities sepsis awareness video.   Students and staff from the college joined forces with the lead sepsis and learning disability nurses at Sherwood

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20 Nov 2019
Local Entrepreneur And Marketing Professional Celebrates Business Success With A Significant Move!

As the leaves begin to produce vibrant colours and fall it feels very much like change is in the air, but it is not just the season celebrating change. Caroline Cox who launched Caroline Cox Marketing Innovation only 6 months ago has relocated to a new premises in Mansfield due to successful growth and development within the business.

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31 Oct 2019
Portland College Double Finalists in Autism Hero Awards

Portland College is excited to announce it has been shortlisted for two prestigious national awards. Being chosen as finalists in the Autism Hero Awards is a fantastic way to demonstrate our commitment and expertise in supporting learners and citizens with Autism. The Autism Hero Awards have been created by the Anna Kennedy Online Charity as an

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31 Oct 2019
It’s a YES vote for Mansfield BID

Businesses in Mansfield town centre have delivered a resounding YES vote in favour of renewing the work of Mansfield Business Improvement District (BID) for another five years. It’s great news for the town centre, as it is the BID that works with a number of key partners to help businesses to move forward. 

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31 Oct 2019
Students are made-up for Halloween

Students were covered in blood, cuts, bruises and flesh wounds this week at West Nottinghamshire College – all in the name of professional make-up techniques for Halloween!   The Level 2 Certificate in Hair and Media Make-up class have spent the last few weeks preparing ideas and creating mood boards for some gruesome and intricate

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24 Oct 2019
i-Jump Trampoline Park Celebrate their 3rd Birthday!

To celebrate their fast approaching 3rd birthday, i-Jump Trampoline Park are offering an exclusive discount of 20% off Open Jumps and i-Tots sessions to Mansfield & Ashfield 2020 businesses.   Offering something to suit all the family, they have over 50 integrated trampolines, an interactive climbing wall, a giant airbag with launch tower, 2 foam

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24 Oct 2019
The ONE Brexit article you really should read…

I have a nagging feeling that 300 years from now, when we’re all dust, historians will look back at 2019/20/21 and label them as ‘the angry years’. There’s a whole lot of puce people shouting at the news. If you want Brexit you’re angry. If you don’t want Brexit you’re angry. Ditto another referendum, an

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24 Oct 2019
How to secure Public Sector Contracts – North Nottinghamshire

This free event focuses on public procurement processes, and seeks to boost the confidence of smaller organisations to tender for locally-available work in the North Notts area (with a limited amount of spaces available, kindly note that this is aimed at local firms only in the Mansfield, Ashfield, Bassetlaw, Newark and Sherwood areas). It aims

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23 Oct 2019
State of the Economy Conference 2019

The highlight of East Midlands Chamber’s policy calendar, this Conference brings together business-leaders, speakers and decision-makers to gain an understanding of the profound challenges currently facing the economy.

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22 Oct 2019
Sell faster using Linkedin

Find out how we sell quickly and smartly utilising the tools of Linkedin to reach decision-makers, you simply sell faster. About this Event Since 2008, John has trained over 10000 professionals on the effective use of Linkedin to increase their business sales. If cold-calling is a thing that puts you off sales, or you simply

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22 Oct 2019
DIY – Don’t Injure Yourself

DIY is not only a way to save money, it increases the value of your home. But if you are like the majority of ‘DIY’ers’, the jobs you are doing are likely to be far removed from your normal daily activities. This is the main reasons why so many DIY enthusiasts suffer aches and pains.

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21 Oct 2019
Macmillan Cancer Support receive a boost from LivePay!

Macmillan Cancer Support in Nottinghamshire received a boost as they were presented with a cheque for £2500.00. Receiving the cheque for Macmillan is Katherine Booth, and in attendance were Sarah Maude and the Radio Mansfield rabbit Warren, Keith and Sylvia Johnson, and Rais Uddin from the Naaz Restaurant.   The money was raised by Keith

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16 Oct 2019
Training focus sees Fidler & Pepper Lawyers collect top award

Fidler & Pepper Lawyers has added another prestigious award to its list of accolades. The company, with offices in Mansfield and Sutton in Ashfield, has been crowned Best Training Firm of the Year at the LFS (Law Firm Services) Conveyancing Awards, sponsored by Groundsure. The awards recognise the “best in class” within the Conveyancing world

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10 Oct 2019
New Mansfield offices are now open for Fidler & Pepper Lawyers

Fidler & Pepper Lawyers has now opened its new offices in Mansfield town centre. The signage and interior refurbishments have been completed at the premises on 30-32 Regent Street. This means that its Queen Street offices are now just for staff and meetings with clients will take place at Regent Street. The Regent Street offices

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4 Oct 2019
Stopfords 25 – A triathlon-like challenge to support local charities

A triathlon-like challenge to support local charities 25 Miles of Running, Cycling and Swimming to Celebrate 25 Years in Business Employees of Mansfield-based Stopford Associates are running, cycling and swimming 25 miles to raise £2,500 for three local charities in October 2019. Founded by Brian Stopford in September 1994, the firm of chartered accountants and

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3 Oct 2019
Community fundraising sees Fidler & Pepper Lawyers shortlisted for award

Fidler & Pepper lawyers, specialists in Private Client and Conveyancing legal advice, have been shortlisted for yet another prestigious award, this time in recognition of its community spirit. The company, with offices in Mansfield and in Sutton in Ashfield, is a finalist in the Community Involvement Award category of the British Wills and Probate Awards.

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27 Sep 2019
Ashfield District Council Leader to formally open The Mansfield’s new Sutton branch

Ashfield District Council Leader, Jason Zadrozny, is to formally open Mansfield Building Society’s new branch premises on Low Street in Sutton-in-Ashfield on Friday 4 October 2019 at 2pm. The new branch has opened following significant investment by the Building Society, which includes: Two air-conditioned interview rooms Modern counter service Online access to the Society’s website

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26 Sep 2019
Xposure launch the Apprentice Game 2019

Whether you love it or hate it, the BBC Apprentice is back on our screens from October 2nd, and here at Xposure, we will be running our online Apprentice game again. It’s free to play and you too can be Lord Sugar as you choose who will be fired each week. Play along with friends

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26 Sep 2019
Brexit readiness- local events

Invest in Ashfield and Mansfield have been busy putting together a schedule of BREXIT events to help local businesses.  These are themed around helping local businesses mitigate any negative effects. They are holding the first few jointly with the Chamber but they’re open to every business in the Ashfield and Mansfield area.  While they are

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26 Sep 2019
West Notts and Stags kick-off exciting new education programme

West Nottinghamshire College and Mansfield Town Football Club are delighted to announce a new partnership which will enable young footballers at the Stags to further their education from the start of the 2020-21 season.   Stags’ scholars, aged 16 to 18, and the club’s under-21 players, will be based at the RH Academy – the

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29 Aug 2019
September and October courses with AW Safety!

  Health & Safety Courses – RIDICULOUS PRICE! IOSH Managing Safely 10th – 12th September £475.00 now reduced to £230.00 for THIS DATE ONLY! Call us for a competitive quote for in-house delivery for IOSH MS and Working Safely delivery E-Learning Bonanza ALL £35.00 or under online E-learning courses Buy One Get One Free –

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29 Aug 2019
Music Teacher turns to Hopkins Solcitors and 3PB for help

Music teacher Lesley Brazel, supported by the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) and ARAG who provide legal expenses insurance to the ISM’s members, turned to Nottinghamshire law firm Hopkins Solicitors LLP and counsel Charlotte Hadfield, Lachlan Wilson, and Mathew Gullick from 3PB, to bring her holiday pay claim to court.

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23 Aug 2019
Opportunity to Sponsor Ashfield’s Christmas Festival

Join your local town of Ashfield in the Christmas celebrations and sponsor their Christmas festival. A fabulous opportunity to support your local community and let people discover your business and learn about what you do. There’s plenty of things to sponsor, so there’s something for everyone. You can sponsor the Christmas Festival in Hucknall, Kirkby

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Avoiding cyber crime!

Gavin Turnbull of AAG IT gave a really useful and interesting talk at a recent 2020 Breakfast Meeting. Due to lots of comments about how useful it was Gavin has kindly produced a short film presentation. https://youtube.com/watch?v=KiPA8jS5nWg%26rel%3D0   For more information or support of this please contact Gavin at AAG IT or phone 0114 303

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11 Jul 2019
Sports students combine college with combat

Meet the teenagers who have combined their college studies with punching, kicking and grappling their way to martial arts glory!   Between them, West Nottinghamshire College students Molly Cooper, Annalea Bearder, Holly Felton, Jack Kelly and Charlie Young boast a string of world, European and national championship titles at elite-level – while two of them

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20 Jun 2019
New Advisory Board members sought by D2N2 LEP

Businesspeople are needed to join new Advisory Boards at the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, steering the future of an area with an economic output worth more than £45billion. D2N2 is the private sector-led Local Enterprise Partnership of business, local authorities, skills and training providers, and community and voluntary organisations; which promotes economic growth in Derby,

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Latest special offers!

  PPE Charity Promotion ALL PPE purchased via the office or online store 20% of all profits donated to the Lighthouse Club construction industry charity. Check our website www.awsafety.co.uk CITB Courses 18th & 19th June – SMSTS-Refresher – £290.00 “buy one get one half price”   PPE Offer due to Regulation Change Cut Resistant Glove Promotion

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13 Jun 2019
Vital supplies for homeless thanks to college kindness

A local homeless outreach service will be able to offer more comfort and protection to people experiencing homelessness across the county, thanks to a bumper donation by West Nottinghamshire College’s student experience team.   More than 20 sets of sleeping bags, tents, rucksacks, cushioned yoga mats and walking boots were collected from the college’s Derby

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13 Jun 2019
Long serving scout leader is The Mansfield’s 2019 Community Star

First Huthwaite Scout Group’s Julie Copestake has been awarded Mansfield Building Society’s 2019 Community Star Award for her dedicated 15 years in scouting.   Over the course of her many years working with the Scouts, she has lead all three packs including Beavers, Cubs and Scouts. Julie is not only the current Beaver Leader, but

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3 Jun 2019
Mansfield and Ashfield Business Community Celebrates Success at the Annual 2020 Ball and Awards 2019
Nearly 300 leading business people gathered together to recognise achievements at the annual 2020 ball and business awards at The John Fretwell Centre, Mansfield. Hosted by Mansfield and Ashfield 2020 business development group the night acknowledged and rewarded the achievement of local businesses that have shown entrepreneurial and enterprising fortitude, whilst recognising their contribution to.....
23 May 2019
Pinewood Properties is celebrating seven notable successes at the industry’s 2019 ESTAS Awards

Mansfield-based estate agency Pinewood Properties is celebrating seven notable successes at the industry’s 2019 ESTAS Awards. The 16th ESTAS (Estate and Letting Agent Awards) were presented by television property personality Phil Spencer at a ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London. More than 1,400 shortlisted agents and the winning companies were selected purely on the

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16 May 2019
Concept artist ‘hugely impressed’ by creative learners

A concept artist has been sharing his expertise with creative media students at West Nottinghamshire College’s Derby Road-based design studios.   Aiden Wilson, of Nottingham-based company, Brainbug Ltd met with creative media students on both the diploma and HND courses, to look at their own concept design ideas and talk about the software and technology

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9 May 2019
Bunzl Catering Supplies apprentices have the drive to succeed

Delivery drivers and warehouse operatives at the Mansfield branch of leading distribution company, Bunzl Catering Supplies (BCS), are on the road to career success.   This comes after West Nottinghamshire College joined forces with BCS to run a tailor-made training scheme that is equipping staff at the nationwide firm with the skills and qualifications to

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26 Apr 2019
Good news about retailers from the CBI

One of our Patrons, NewsJournal, has supplied us with the good news from the CBI. Retailers reported that sales volumes grew for the first me in five months in the year to April. This was probably boosted by the later timing of Easter this year compared to last year . Indeed, sales were above average

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25 Apr 2019
Multimedia artist returns to her roots

Creative media students at West Nottinghamshire College welcomed a special guest last week and learnt more about launching their careers in the industry.   Stacey Ray, who completed her BTEC Diploma in Multimedia in 2010, joined students from the creative media courses at the college’s university centre’s lecture theatre in March, to share her student

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18 Apr 2019
Spring Brings Pain

At this time of year the receptionists at Health on Hand Mansfield usually gets swamped with people seeking an immediate appointment.   The conditions, almost every one, are lower back pain. The given causes are remarkably similar: “I was only digging out the weeds…raking…moving the lawn…”   The sudden bursts of sunshine will tempt many

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11 Apr 2019
Lawyers’ donation to a local charity supporting babies in hospital

Kind-hearted lawyers have donated more than £1,380 to a special charity that offers support to families with babies who have been born prematurely. Fidler & Pepper Lawyers, in Mansfield and Sutton in Ashfield, gave the money to the Emily Harris Foundation, which supports the Neonatal Unit at Kings Mill Hospital. The foundation was set up

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Mental health and the workplace

With statistics showing that 1 in 4 people will suffer from a mental health related illness throughout their lifetime addressing mental health is just as important as physical health in the workplace. Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an internationally recognised training course designed to teach people how to spot and crucially recognise the symptoms

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