What an end to a great year and indeed the end of a decade!

Mansfield and Ashfield businesses were out in numbers yet again braving the elements to attend the final breakfast meeting of the year.
The tone was set with not one but two Santa clauses this morning.  Thanks go to our two Santas (…….there was only one real one though!).
Also, thanks to Santa’s helpers ‘Christmas’ Carol Hallam, Tracey Horton, Rachael Richardson, Carol Aram, Emily Plant, Claire Plant who all worked really hard to generate funds for the Christmas light funds for Mansfield and Ashfield.
It never ceases to amaze me how the Mansfield and Ashfield business world work so well when charitable causes need help.
Andy Whittaker from “Art of brilliance” excited, enthused and thoroughly entertained the audience with his special delivery of his psychology messages.
The room was fully engaged and left I am sure with a sense of happiness and reflection.
Jane Box continued the theme of looking for the positives in life in her closing address asking all in the room to wear a smile for the day.
Members were asked to complete a simple questionnaire which is aimed at seeking member and prospective member thoughts on any ways in which the MA2020 experience may be improved in any way.
I look forward to reviewing the results in the new year. I have said before, it is the members that make the group strong and allows us to be the collaborative voice of local business and gives power when we need to engage with lobbying activities.
There was a reminder of the MA2020 Business Awards process and the opportunities for businesses to sponsor awards.   There’s every reason to apply……..so please click the link here!
I would like to sign off the year by thanking:
All our patrons: Ashfield District Council, Linney, Mansfield 103.2, Mansfield District Council, News Journal, R.E.A.L. Education, The Chad, Vision West Nottinghamshire College. 
Portland College staff, under the guidance of Dave Powney and Rachael Richardson, for providing a great festive meeting environment and great breakfast food.
Mark and Michelle for their work all year round.
The Board of MA2020 for their continued support.
And finally, you the members who together make Mansfield & Ashfield great.
Merry Christmas.
Gary Jordan

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