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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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8 Aug 2019
Energy Storage – an introduction and future view

This breakfast event will feature an overview of energy storage systems and techniques. It will examine how energy storage can work for business and will also look at future direction, by exploring some of the cutting-edge research currently underway at the University of Nottingham and beyond. Business case-studies will show how systems can be implemented.

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8 Aug 2019
Churchside Insurance make Friends with Mansfield BID

When Churchside Insurance was located in the centre of Mansfield, the company really loved the work of the Mansfield Business Improvement District. But because it needed its own car park, about a year ago the insurance broker moved out of the town centre and into Samuel Brunts Way, Mansfield. This meant that although the company

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7 Aug 2019
Events
Young Entrepreneurs Shine at Junior Enterprise 2019 Awards Ceremony

Young entrepreneurs across Mansfield and Ashfield were celebrated at the 8th annual Mansfield and Ashfield Key Stage 3 Junior Enterprise Awards event recently held at Forever Green, Ransomwood Business Park, Mansfield. The annual competition is organised by Mansfield and Ashfield 2020 in partnership with Hall Fast Industrial Supplies Ltd.  Entries were open to all schools/educational

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6 Aug 2019
Operations Manager,
Mansfield and Ashfield 2020 Limited

Mansfield and Ashfield 2020 has ambitious plans for its future, including the growth and development of its employer membership base from all corners of the local area. To achieve this aim the Board has decided to establish the post of Operations Manager.  The post holder will be expected to take on all operational responsibility for

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30 Jul 2019
Last few months of Travel Choice support in Mansfield!

Over the past 18 months, Nottinghamshire County Council has helped 62 businesses (representing nearly 3,000 employees) with their travel and transport! Funding for the project closes in March 2020, so don’t miss out on the FREE services the scheme provides, including: Travel Grants up to £25,000 – to spend on showers, changing facilities, cycle parking, electric

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25 Jul 2019
Help Inspire and join their Board!

Inspire who deliver culture, learning and libraries on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council are seeking two community board members to help them deliver the best cultural and learning offer to the people of Nottinghamshire. Nominations are invited from Inspire members to stand for election. They are looking in particular for people in the following areas

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18 Jul 2019
Charity
Golf charity event!

Clifton Masonic Lodge N° 4753 proudly invite you to take part in their charity golf day on Friday 6th September 2019. Taking place at Ramsdale Park Golf Course, Calverton, rated one of the best golf courses in Nottinghamshire. Join them for an enjoyable day of golf, food, raffles and competition prizes whilst raising money for

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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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10 Jul 2019
Mansfield secures Future High Street Funding

The Ministry of Housing Communities and Local Government has announced today (Friday 5 July) that Mansfield will receive up to £150,000 from the Future High Streets Fund for visioning and pre-development work in Mansfield town centre. Mansfield is one of 50 successful applicants to receive the first stage pump-priming funding. Mansfield District Council’s Regeneration team

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10 Jul 2019
Have your say on college’s role in the community

Employers and stakeholders across Mansfield and Ashfield are invited to hear from West Nottinghamshire College’s new principal and chief executive, Andrew Cropley, about the college’s plans on a range of issues, and have their say on how all parties can work together more closely for the benefit of the local community.

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4 Jul 2019
Education
Jordan’s proud of his joinery hat-trick

A joinery and construction student from West Nottinghamshire College is celebrating a hat-trick of awards which he has scooped in just six months.   Jordan Harrison, 20, from Stanton Hill, Sutton-in-Ashfield, began the academic year in September by achieving the prestigious City & Guilds Medal of Excellence after being nominated by his tutor Andy Whyley,

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2 Jul 2019
Events
June’s Breakfast Meeting –
Chairman’s Update

Russell writes: This morning we were reminded why if you need the best advice, you go to people who know what they are talking about, and who have a vision for themselves and for your business.   Rod Fuller of Action Coach Mansfield kindly sponsored the meeting and was challenged to explain just how you

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26 Jun 2019
Invitation to give your views on Nottinghamshire’s Strategy for Improving Educational Opportunities for All

Nottinghamshire’s Strategy for Improving Educational Opportunities for All builds on the past successes of Nottinghamshire schools in raising attainment and increasing progress for all students, underpinned by the Closing the Gap Strategy 2012.   They are now seeking the views of all learning providers, relevant teams within Nottinghamshire County Council,  key services and partners  and,

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26 Jun 2019
Events
RECRUITING TALENT 2019:
New Approaches for a New Era

Join BBO and D2N2 on Friday 19th July 2019, 9-12, for this free event, to learn, share and discuss new approaches to recruiting your talent. (followed by lunch and exhibitor marketplace). Host: The BBO D2N2 Employer Engagement Steering Group Venue:  Derby College, Roundhouse Road, Derby, DE24 8JE Date: Friday 19th July 2019 Time: 9am to

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26 Jun 2019
Charity
Latest success for NIDAS!

NIDAS, our local family based charity for people who are living with or have experienced any form of domestic violence or abuse, have some fantastic news to announce! They’ve managed to secure another 3 years of Lottery investment to the tune of £466,000!!! This funding allows them to continue to support families for the next

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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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20 Jun 2019
Education
Molecular gastronomy meets fine dining at Refined

Chemistry will merge with cookery next week at West Nottinghamshire College’s Refined fine dining restaurant, where students will be cooking up some unique flavours for diners.   The Derby Road-based restaurant has been the training ground for Level 3 Professional Cookery and Hospitality and Supervision students, and now it’s time for them to graduate from

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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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13 Jun 2019
Charity
Tenants Fees Act 2019

On 1 June 2019 the ban on tenant fees came into force in England, initially applying to new tenancies (including renewals) entered into after that date and with the ban applying to other existing tenancies from 1 June 2020. Kathryn Stacey CEO of Citizens Advice Ashfield says ‘This is something that Citizens Advice has been highlighting

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12 Jun 2019
Employability and Skills Summit – 2019

East Midlands Chamber’s annual Employability and Skills Summit is now less than a month away and they hope you can join them on the day for this important topic.   Delivering against the Chamber goal to “Support the development of current and future workforce in the East Midlands” the 2019 Summit will, through a number

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12 Jun 2019
Come and visit Rhubarb Farm!

RHUBARB FARM will be open to the public on Wednesday 3rd July from 10.30 to 4pm as part of Nottinghamshire National Gardens Scheme, because of our role in therapeutic horticulture. Visitors can look round the Farm, meet our volunteers and staff, look at all our facilities and enjoy cream teas, cakes and drinks served on

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4 Jun 2019
Free training for everyone- Google Digital Garage High Streets Tour

Ben Bradley MP has organised another Google Garage event in Mansfield focusing with business on the high street. Google are coming to Mansfield to deliver free, in person workshops so people can learn about digital marketing, social media and analytics. However you want to grow your business online, Google Digital Garage can provide free training

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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.....
29 May 2019
Education
Students host TV-style gameshows for end-of-term

Travel and tourism students at West Nottinghamshire College have fulfilled their last assignment with plenty of sparkle and spotlight.   The BTEC Level 3 Diploma year one group hosted an entertainment show for fellow colleagues and tutors on Tuesday 14 May which has been five months in the making and more than proved their top

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29 May 2019
Employability and Skills Summit 2019

Employability and Skills Summit In the coming years, regional prosperity will rest on having access to a skilled, productive workforce. However, as identified through feedback from the Chamber’s Quarterly Economic Survey, it is clear that employers continue to find a shortfall in skilled labour. The 2019 Summit will show how the region can address this challenge with the

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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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23 May 2019
Education
Four paws applause for students’ kind cash

The profits from a student-led Easter market at West Nottinghamshire College were presented to a local animal charity this week.   Kind-hearted learners who are studying practical work skills programmes at the college’s Derby Road campus hosted an Easter craft market back in March featuring home-made cakes, hand-made crafts, a tombola and a name the

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23 May 2019
Education
Students are relishing boost to catering service

Catering and hospitality students at West Nottinghamshire College are benefiting from an overhaul of a college bistro where they’re currently training for future careers in the industry.   Thanks to funding from a grant-giving charitable trust, the college’s Relish eatery has undergone a transformation and was relaunched yesterday to staff and students (7 May) enabling

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23 May 2019
Charity
BBC Children in Need award NIDAS £116,316 over the next 3 years

NIDAS are testing a new approach to engaging with people through a breakfast briefing to share a brew and a croissant whilst finding out more about the services they deliver. Services and organisations are stretched across Nottinghamshire so finding time to attend events and meetings in the daytime is often tricky for most professionals and

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16 May 2019
Help us reach our target, we’re almost there!

NIDAS are taking part in the upcoming Nottingham Legal Walk on Thursday 16 May 2019 to raise funds for the Access to Justice Foundation and their specialist Civil and Family Court support worker.   Each year, 100’s of families contact NIDAS who are/have experienced domestic abuse and in need of some assistance to  navigate their

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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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16 May 2019
How NTU can help your business grow

Having trouble viewing this message? View in web browser Support from the High Level Skills programme As an SME, are you experiencing skills shortages or skills gaps in your organisation?   The High Level Skills programme can offer you dedicated support, advice and funding to help you to: ·         understand your business needs and plan for

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9 May 2019
Education
AW Safety at School Assembly

Early April saw AW Safety’s H&S Consultant, Adrian Kirkby, and our office Administrator, Danielle Shaw, visit the staff and year 10 pupils at Mansfield’s Brunts Academy to enlighten the students about the “Golden rules” of H&S in the Workplace (being fit for work, receiving an induction, reporting unsafe acts, stopping if anything changes) and how

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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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9 May 2019
Events
Conference & Expo to take journey into the future

Renowned public speaker Dean Johnson is set to be a keynote speaker at the eagerly-anticipated and fully-funded D2N2 Digital Conference & Expo 19. Taking place on 16 May from 8.30am to 3.45pm at The Nottingham Belfry (for businesses based in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire), places are free to attend (subject to eligibility) but are limited. As an

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2 May 2019
Pedalfest at Sherwood Pines

Pedalfest is a family cycling festival packed with loads of exciting activities including adult and children’s cycling demos, entertainment, live music, stunt shows, clay modelling, an animal farm and food. With their huge fleet of electric bikes, mountain bikes, hybrid bikes, and kid’s bikes to try you’ll be spoilt for choice! The best part –

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2 May 2019
Education
Chef Nathanial goes back to former training ground

Mansfield chef Nathanial Weaver, whose career has included a spell at one of the East Midlands’ top restaurants, returned to his culinary roots to train the current crop of industry hopefuls.   The former professional cookery student at West Nottinghamshire College went back to his former training ground to stage a ‘guest chef’ event at

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2 May 2019
Education
Your big day!

From the new company, Your Big Day Ltd, comes a really innovative video gift for celebrating birthdays, anniversaries, and more – narrated by the broadcaster and former BBC & ITN news anchor Sir Martyn Lewis. Whatever date and year (covering most of the last century) which you, your family or friends are celebrating, there is

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26 Apr 2019
Charity
Glastonjerry 2019 is about to start at Newstead Abbey!

GLASTONJERRY Fun Dog Festival 2019 at Newstead Abbey.  Yes, you heard it… GLASTONJERRY Fun Dog Festival is back again! This event is going to be bigger and better than ever before! Entry to the Glastonjerry Fun Dog Festival is £2.50 per person per day! Children under 5 Free. Car parking tariffs apply at Newstead Abbey

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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
Charity
THANK YOU FROM RHUBARB FARM!

Rhubarb Farm has won £33,339 in the People’s Projects! Read more about the People’s Project story here. We want to thank all of our friends and supporters for voting for us and making this happen. We are over the moon – it will really help our work. THANK YOU!!!!!!!!

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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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18 Apr 2019
3D Printing: Tool or Toy? Ingenuity Breakfast Event

Over recent years, 3D printing (also known as Additive Manufacturing) has found tremendous global resonance as a novel technology, but it now needs to demonstrate its capability to reliably deliver value in real-life applications.   The University of Nottingham is at the forefront of 3D printing research and holding a talk on 30th April at

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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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11 Apr 2019
Education
Students work together for suicide prevention

It was definitely not a full stop for students at West Nottinghamshire College last week as they thoughtfully supported Project Semicolon – the organisation dedicated to the prevention of suicide.   Project Semicolon’s work is based on the foundation and belief that suicide is preventable and everyone has a role to play in preventing suicide.   Students

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11 Apr 2019
Education
Budding forensics solve murder at college

Room 303 at West Nottinghamshire College’s Derby Road campus was sealed off with police tape last week, while a murder investigation was underway.   Forensics were called to the scene immediately upon the discovery of a body – however, this was purely a mock murder scene for BTEC Level 3 Applied Science students to test

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10 Apr 2019
Beeches Business Enterprise units- exciting news from Portland College!

Portland College has developed a business enterprise unit which is a fully accessible environment within their Nottinghamshire woodland setting. Based in an office development, the 10 varying sized units offer the ideal base for start-up businesses from 1 to 4 people. The Beeches Enterprise Centre is a professional, stylish and well-equipped fully accessible environment and

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5 Apr 2019
Charity
Vote for Rhubarb Farm for ‘The Peoples Projects’

Rhubarb Farm has been selected as finalists for ‘The Peoples Projects’ funded by the National Lottery, to win up to £50,000! By winning the ‘Peoples Projects’, we can get some of our volunteers back into regular work, through setting up a Garden Maintenance Team. Voting opens at 9.00am on Monday 1st April. Please click on

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4 Apr 2019
Education
Students build on future of university

One of the UK’s largest universities has drafted in students from West Nottinghamshire College to help them with a future building challenge.   Eight students from the BTEC Extended Diploma in Construction and The Built Environment students were invited to Sheffield Hallam University to take part in the Chartered Institute of Building’s Student Challenge Day.

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4 Apr 2019
Education
Ex-student shares her holistic journey
A former beauty therapy student from West Nottinghamshire College has visited current learners – giving them an insight into the holistic side of the industry.   Louise Summerscales, who completed the Level 3 Spa Therapy Diploma in 2012, returned to the college this month to assess a practical-led session which involved students giving her a.....
4 Apr 2019
Survey confirms Brexit doubt is stifling business
Brexit doubt is stifling business, the results of the latest survey by award-winning East Midlands Chamber* have confirmed.   Companies are suffering cashflow problems and have lost confidence to invest in premises, plant and people.   According to the first Quarterly Economic Survey of 2019, cashflow concerns are at their worst since the end of.....
28 Mar 2019
Charity
Lindhurst Engineering  choose their Local Charity of the Year
Local engineering firm Lindhurst Engineering  have chosen Ashfield Citizens Advice as their charity of the year. This is part of the Corporate Champions Programme launched at March's Mansfield and Ashfield 2020 breakfast meeting by Ashfield Citizens Advice. The scheme identifies many ways businesses can support Citizens Advice but also provides help, advice and support to.....
28 Mar 2019
Education
Hospitality students to get to grips with hotel life
For the second year running, hospitality students from West Nottinghamshire College will spend a week running Crowne Plaza Nottingham, as part of InterContinental Hotel Group’s (IHG’s) National Hotel Takeover in partnership with People 1st – a programme designed to encourage more young people to work in the hospitality industry.   More than 40 students –.....
28 Mar 2019
Will Aid thanks Fidler & Pepper Lawyers for latest fundraising success
The people behind an annual national initiative that uses legal knowledge about Wills to raise money for charities, have thanked Fidler & Pepper Lawyers for their fundraising. Will Aid raises money for nine charities, including Christian Aid, Age UK, British Red Cross, the NSPCC and Save the Children. Since launching in 1988, Will Aid has.....
28 Mar 2019
Education
Determined Thomas honoured with Courage Award
A brave and determined computer science student at West Nottinghamshire College has been honoured at an annual celebration of Mansfield’s most courageous youngsters. Thomas Wilcockson was one of 12 inspirational children and young people from schools, colleges and education-providers across the district commended at the Rotary Club of Mansfield’s 28th Courage Awards.   They were.....
22 Mar 2019
Update from this week’s successful ‘Meet the Leader’ meeting with Cllr Jason Zadrozny

  Last Wednesday saw another successful round-table meeting with Ashfield District Council Leader, Jason Zadrozny, at Ashfield District Council and local business people. Lots of issues were discussed and we’re grateful to Jason for joining us and for answering questions raised.  Thanks too go to Rob Mitchell, CEO of the Council and Carol Cooper-Smith, Interim Service

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22 Mar 2019
Premier Security’s Apprentice is CT Skill’s ‘Service Excellence annual award’ winner!

CT Skills celebrates the success of their annual apprenticeship awards ceremony.   East Midlands training provider, CT Skills hosted their annual ‘Made in the Midlands’ apprenticeship awards ceremony at their Head Office in Beeston on Friday 8th March 2019.   In celebration of National Apprentice Week, the awards received over 60 nominations from local employers

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22 Mar 2019
Education
Leading switchgear and controls manufacturer to run open event

West Nottinghamshire College’s apprenticeship arm will be hosting an apprentice open event at one of the UK’s largest Switchgear manufacturers, where people can find out more about vacancies within the company. AF Switchgear Ltd, based in Huthwaite, Sutton-in-Ashfield, is seeking new apprentice recruits in electrical panel building, fabrication and welding and business administration to work

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22 Mar 2019
PAT testing needs? All sorted with AW Safety!

AW Safety have developed their services further and can now offer Portable Appliance Testing. Give them a call for all your PAT testing needs, computers, cables, kettles, shredders to arrange a visit from one of our trained technicians. Testing also available for 110v drills, electric compact breakers, electric saws, concrete mixers. AW Safety Management –

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21 Mar 2019
Join Rod Fuller Business Growth Specialist for a Free Business Growth Masterclass!

Join Rod Fuller Business Growth Specialist for a Free Business Growth Masterclass Tuesday 2nd April 9.30am—12.30pm at Ransom Wood Business Park, Mansfield, NG21 0HJ. This is an amazing free, practical seminar that will give you clear actions to take away, and implement in your business. Actions that will: make you more money from your business accelerate your sales

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Too much sitting is bad for your back!

Too much sitting is bad for your back! By Chiropractor Bella Sichel As a Chiropractor, with Health on Hand Mansfield on 15 St John Street, I am seeing more and more patients presenting with back issues that have come about due to the effect of sitting for long periods.  The human spine is not designed

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14 Mar 2019
Mansfield District Council and Mansfield Building Society to help first-time buyers in Mansfield

First-time buyers in Mansfield will soon find it easier to climb that first rung of the housing ladder thanks to a new mortgage scheme being launched by Mansfield District Council and the Mansfield Building Society. The scheme, which will be piloted for a year, could enable tenants in private rented accommodation to purchase their first

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14 Mar 2019
2019 Business Awards….Finalists announced!

We’re excited to announce that the much-anticipated shortlist for the Mansfield and Ashfield 2020 Business Awards 2019 has now been revealed. There’s been an unprecedented number of applicants and the shortlist of finalists is published below. All the applications were exceptional so it’s been a difficult task for the judges to decide on a shortlist.

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12 Mar 2019
Mansfield Building Society seeks superstar volunteers for its 2019 Community Star Award

Mansfield Building Society is reaching out to local groups and charities in the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire area in a bid to find its 2019 Community Star. Organisations are encouraged by the Society to nominate volunteers for their commitment and dedication to improving the lives of local people. The award, which is in its third successive

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7 Mar 2019
Mansfield Building Society raises £14,000 for Macmillan in 2 years and extends support into 2019

Mansfield Building Society has reached the milestone of raising £14,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support in just two years with all donations benefitting those affected by cancer in Mansfield, Ashfield and Chesterfield.   In December 2016, staff at the Society chose Macmillan as its Charity Partner, with a commitment to raise at least £5,000 over 2

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5 Mar 2019
Charity
Shine 4 Cazi in 2019!

Over the last five years many 2020 Members have followed my story and supported my fundraising activities in aid of Cancer Research UK, together we have raised a fantastic £25,000 so far to fund ongoing research into fighting Breast Cancer in memory of my beautiful wife and soulmate Cazi for which I am truly grateful.

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28 Feb 2019
Changes at Citizens Advice Ashfield

Citizens Advice Ashfield are changing the way they support people in debt. Due to the increasing demand for debt advice and an increase in clients missing appointments they have decided to offer drop in debt advice sessions every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday 9.30-12.30 pm from February 25th 2019.   Kathryn Stacey, CEO explains ‘debt is

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28 Feb 2019
Education
Ellie-Rose’s art branches out to wider audience

An aspiring artist from West Nottinghamshire College has described her pride at seeing her work featured in a prestigious exhibition that is expected to attract 25,000 visitors.   Art and design student Ellie-Rose Duffin submitted a mixed-media piece she produced at college to the Harley Gallery’s 2019 Open Exhibition – and was thrilled when it

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28 Feb 2019
Mansfield 103.2 celebrate 20 years ‘on air’ with an exclusive offer!

Congratulations to Mansfield 103.2 who are celebrating 20 years of brilliant local broadcasting in Mansfield and Ashfield this month! To share in their celebration and launched during great talk at February’s Breakfast Meeting (by the station’s Paul Chadbourne) they have a fantastic offer for all 2020 members! Why not be part of their success and take

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20 Feb 2019
Events
Mansfield Town Spring Business Fair

MTFC would like to invite you to their very first Spring Business Fair, taking place on Wednesday 06 March from 10am until 3pm in their 1861 and Kevin Bird Suites at One Call Stadium. In partnership with NatWest, this event is free entry for all local businesses. They wish to bring the local community together

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20 Feb 2019
Lawyers launch their first ever £199 Lasting Power of Attorney initiative

Specialists at Fidler & Pepper Lawyers have launched a new initiative aimed at giving people peace of mind should they stop being able to make decisions for themselves. The initiative sees Fidler & Pepper offer to arrange Lasting Powers of Attorney for just £199.00 (Plus VAT) per person, per POA, throughout the month of March

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20 Feb 2019
Jordan’s pride at Lion Award

A construction student from West Nottinghamshire College has returned from the capital with a prestigious national award – with royal approval.   Jordan Harrison, 20, from Sutton-in-Ashfield, was presented with the Lion Award on 30th January at the Guildhall in London, in the presence of HRH The Princess Royal and the Right Honourable The Lord

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Electric Vehicle Charge Points – Commercial Opportunities in the Retail, Leisure and Hotel sectors

Many retailers, hoteliers and leisure operators are starting to install charge points at their premises, as part of their wider customer offer. For example, Tesco have recently announced that they will be installing 2400 charge points at 600 of their stores. Similarly, Marston’s have committed to a programme of 400 charge point installations at their

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14 Feb 2019
Education
New chair of governors “excited about the journey ahead”

A highly-experienced senior executive with a strong track record of helping organisations improve their performance has been named as West Nottinghamshire College’s new independent chair of governors. Sean Lyons officially took over the role on Friday 1 February, heading-up the college’s new-look corporation board, which has been bolstered by a string of recent appointments that

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14 Feb 2019
A Question of Sport in Mansfield

Monday, 4th March 2019 – 1861 Suite at Mansfield Town Football Club.

Many of you looking at this page will be very familiar with the BBC’s A Question of Sport programme.

What you may not know is that here in Mansfield every March the Armchair Club host a successful and very professional QoS style evening.

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13 Feb 2019
Events
R.E.A.L. Foundation Trust Golf Day- Friday July 5th

R.E.A.L. Education are delighted to announce that the R.E.A.L. Foundation Trust Golf Day will this year again be sponsored by the Cowans Group.

It’s to be held on Friday 5th July at Rufford Park Golf and Country Club. 

Paul Ragsdale of Cowens Group commented:  “We are delighted to be supporting R.E.A.L. Education’s Golf Day for the 2nd year running.”

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Beat the Winter Blues!

February is always a hard month, with December and the Christmas party mood looking so very distant and January has just flown by, we find ourselves marching on into February. Some people are posting on social media about how much fun they are having, sledging, building snowmen and drinking hot chocolate. You might be there

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7 Feb 2019
Charity
MOJO 2019

A DAY CRAMMED FULL OF MOTIVATION, INSPIRATION & BAD-ASSERY… 23rd FEB 2019 0900-1700 (Registration opens at 0830) ALL PROCEEDS WILL GO TO RUSHDEN MIND, A CHARITY AFFILIATED WITH NATIONAL MIND AND DEDICATED TO MENTAL HEALTH. You won’t want to miss our incredible line-up of speakers who are donating their time for free.. David Taylor – Naked Leader Paul

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7 Feb 2019
AW Safety support The Lighthouse Club

AW Safety’s latest fundraising efforts are to assist the Lighthouse Club Construction benevolent charity. They are already donating 20% of any PPE (Personal Protective Equipment) sale profits until 31st May but are arranging a charity pub quiz in Edwinstowe on 21st March at 7.30pm in the Robin Hood Pub (please go along if you are free

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7 Feb 2019
Working with Digital Images

Ready to take on the digital world, the Digital Growth Programme can support you with helpful tips and advice on the latest in digital marketing and technology trends. Take a look at what’s on offer – we have a number of digital themed workshops happening near you this February. Don’t miss out – book your

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7 Feb 2019
R.E.A.L. Education are unveiling exciting new plans on February 13

R.E.A.L. Education are unveiling plans for a new East Midlands based Construction Training Academy on February 13th. Working in collaboration with surrounding local authorities, industry partners, the CITB and other third party agencies, the new academy sets out to address the skills shortage faced regionally by the industry. They are seeking to establish collaborative partnerships

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6 Feb 2019
Events
Help for your staff to stay ahead with the Stay Ahead programme

Academy Transformation Trust Further Education (ATTFE) have teamed up with Nottingham City Council to help staff from local businesses gain a Level 2 or 3 qualification with the Stay Ahead programme.  This covers the following sectors: construction; creative and digital industries; health and social care; low carbon; transport equipment manufacturing. All the details can be

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31 Jan 2019
Flexible Recruitment Partnership Ltd and Miss Mansfield and Sherwood Forest team up for ‘Rethink’

Flexible Recruitment Partnership Ltd has joined together with Bethany Wigley, Miss Mansfield and Sherwood Forest, to support her chosen Charity Rethink Mental Illness. We are looking for support from local businesses to aid both Bethany’s chosen charity and also help the local economy and Mansfield and Ashfield people find work. Simply click on the link

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31 Jan 2019
Upcoming mental health first aid courses

AW Safety invite you to: Have a deeper understanding or the issues and impact to people’s mental health Be taught practical skills, boost your knowledge and feel confident and able to spot the signs of mental health issues Increase your awareness and mental health literacy Reduce the stigma associated with MH issues and learn to

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31 Jan 2019
Brexit readiness conference in

The UK leaving the European Union creates a series of challenges and opportunities for businesses of all sizes. This event, delivered in partnership between East Midlands Chamber and Invest Ashfield & Mansfield, will help businesses understand all the very latest implications. And we’ll also help you develop strategies for how you can best respond to Brexit.

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31 Jan 2019
WORK STARTS ON £1.4MILLION MANSFIELD OLD TOWN HALL REVAMP

Work has begun on a £1.4million revamp of Mansfield’s Old Town Hall – with almost half that cost being met through the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership. The Mansfield District Council-led project will bring the Grade II* listed building back into full use for the first time in over 30 years. It is expected to be completed by spring 2019. Three ground

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31 Jan 2019
Education
West Notts amongst country’s top colleges for A-level progress

West Nottinghamshire College is amongst the top-performing colleges in the country for A-level progress, according to government data.   Figures released by the Department for Education last week, which ranked all schools and colleges in England on students’ progress and attainment in 2018, revealed that A-level learners at the Mansfield college achieved an ‘above average’

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24 Jan 2019
Charity
Ashfield Citizens Advice helps people to cut the cost of energy bills

Ashfield Citizens Advice will be holding events around the district to help take the sting out of people’s fuel bills. These events will take place during Big Energy Saving Week (21 January – 25 January), a national campaign run by Citizens Advice. In Ashfield, Citizens Advice have teamed up with Nottinghamshire Energy Partnership to help

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24 Jan 2019
The Mansfield scoops a trio of awards for products, customer service and community work

Mansfield Building Society has received national and local recognition for its products, service and community work with a trio of awards received in November 2018.   At the start of the month, the Mansfield Building Society won the prestigious Platinum award for Customer Service at the Mansfield Town Centre Customer Service Awards organised by Mansfield

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24 Jan 2019
Education
It’s no stress for students after European travels

A Level students from West Nottinghamshire College have just returned from a week of fact-finding and knowledge sharing in Finland.   The visit to the Jyväskylä Educational Consortium (JEC) Gradia, Finland, saw eight students discovering more about how to build resilience and avoid stress during their studies.   This project was first explored in 2017

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24 Jan 2019
AW Safety- latest update

“JANUARY SALE “ IOSH Managing Safely Course 12-14th Feb 25% discount was £475.00 now only !!! £356.25 !!! FAW Courses 12th-14th March EFAW was £85.00 now only !!! £75.00 !!! FAW was £175.00 now only !!! £145.00 !!! H&S Consultancy 25% discount from our standard fees – call for 01623 821516 for details Charity promotion

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24 Jan 2019
Draft Sutton Town Centre Spatial Masterplan

2020’s valued Patron, Ashfield District Council, has just published its Draft Consultation on Sutton Town Centre Spatial Masterplan and accompanying paper – ‘Sutton Town Centre: Rethink, Repurpose, Remake’. Commenting on the Report Russell Jones, Partner at Hopkins Solicitors LLP and Chairman of Mansfield and Ashfield 2020 said the following: I have worked in offices in

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17 Jan 2019
Samworth Academy: ‘New Year New Me’

On Friday the 25th January Samworth Academy are running a ‘Year 10 employability, skills and career ambitions’ whole day event called ‘New Year New Me’. It’s going to look at extracting the existing skillset that the students already have but might not realise they have. It will also be an opportunity for students to start

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17 Jan 2019
The Gruffalo arrives in Mansfield on 12th February

NIDAS Families will be performing their interpretation of The Gruffalo in front of a live audience for the first time on 12th February at Mansfield Business Centre, Ashfield Avenue, Mansfield,  NG18 2AE!   Produced and directed by Libby Dove, they have been rehearsing following the success of their previous performance at our AGM last year.

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10 Jan 2019
Mind Your Posture: Commuting

Don’t let the daily grind wear you down! Hundreds and thousands of us do it each week, whether by train, car, bus, motorbike, cycle or foot and the daily commute can not only be an unwelcome source of stress but can also take its toll on our backs. According to consumer research by the British

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10 Jan 2019
A health check to ensure your foundations are right!

Free to attend, on Wednesday 30th January 2019 in association with Hampshire Hill, Stopford Associates and Barclays, Hopkins Solicitors are hosting their first Commercial Breakfast Briefing of 2019. Designed to help new and established  businesses alike, this will include topics lead by each of the above  to guide business owners through the full business life

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9 Jan 2019
Charity
The Mansfield helps St John’s Outreach Project be more accessible with new disabled toilet

St John’s Outreach Project have purchased and decorated a new disabled toilet with help of a £500 donation and volunteering from The Mansfield Building Society. St John’s Outreach Project is an organisation established by local residents in the Kirkby area, which provides support to vulnerable people at its community centre on Skegby Road. The group

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4 Jan 2019
R.E.A.L. Education are unveiling plans for a new East Midlands based Construction Training Academy

R.E.A.L. Education are unveiling plans for a new East Midlands based Construction Training Academy. Working in collaboration with surrounding local authorities, industry partners, the CITB and other third party agencies, the new academy sets out to address the skills shortage faced regionally by the industry. They are seeking to establish collaborative partnerships with interested parties,

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2 Jan 2019
Students run to boost night shelter funds

West Nottinghamshire College students were seen running away from the Derby Road campus in droves on 19 December – all in the name of festive fundraising.   Over 140 runners took part in the annual 5km Santa fun run from college, to Berry Hill Park and back, dressed in an array of Christmas-themed costumes.  

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2 Jan 2019
Food and festive treats for furry friends

Animals at a rescue centre in Radcliffe-on-Trent are getting gifts of food, bedding, toys and treats thanks to the efforts of animal care students from West Nottinghamshire College.   The college’s annual shoe box appeal saw over 30 boxes and parcels donated and festively wrapped by two classes who are learning all about animal welfare.

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19 Dec 2018
Update on local area economic/employment issues

Mansfield District Council’s Regeneration Team have recently produced some interesting data about the local area. There’s a lot of interesting information about employment, pay, gender issues, travel to work and hours worked amongst other things.  Click on the link below and take a look.  There’s something interesting for everyone! Perhaps two very positive things stand

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19 Dec 2018
Brexit brief from Cowens

With Brexit being the hot topic that it is, Cowens’ Brexit Brief is now live on their website and there for you to read. Please read the attached or visit their NEWS section on the brand new, rebranded Cowens’ website by clicking here. Their NEWS section has several blogs about information and advice regarding insurance,

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19 Dec 2018
D2N2 & Digital Growth Programme workshops in Ashfield

The following exciting workshops are being held in Ashfield in the New Year. Developing Effective Content for the Web Ashfield, Nottinghamshire 9 Jan 2019: 9am – 4.30pm to be held at the Mour Hotel, NG15 0EA All the details can be found here. Video Marketing, Including Live Streaming Ashfield, Nottinghamshire 15 Jan 2019: 9am –

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19 Dec 2018
British Business Bank & Midlands Engine Investment Fund Masterclass – Funding and Finance

Working with Mansfield i-Centre, The British Business Bank are holding a briefing event to raise awareness of the new £250m Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF) and provide businesses looking to apply with additional finance and funding support. The Fund will provide debt and equity finance from £25,000 up to £2m for growing small businesses across

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19 Dec 2018
New private sector board members sought by D2N2 LEP

Business people are being invited to join the board of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership, to help steer the future of an area with an economic output worth over £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

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19 Dec 2018
Education
Film leads students to festive fundraising

A Level media students at West Nottinghamshire College have been inspired to help those less fortunate after watching an award-winning British film.   The drama I, Daniel Blake, directed by Ken Loach, follows the life and trials of a 59-year-old widowed carpenter, who, after suffering a major heart attack has been ordered by doctors to

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18 Dec 2018
Christmas Foodbank support from AW Safety

AW Safety Management, a H&S Consulting and Training company based in Edwinstowe, have once again come together with the help of the local community to collect Christmas goodies and treats for the local food bank in Ollerton.   With the help of Edwinstowe House Business Community, St Mary’s Church and both St Mary’s and King

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18 Dec 2018
Jephsons brings early Christmas cheer to Portland College

Mansfield based national interior fit-out specialists, Jephsons Shopfitters, brought some early Christmas cheer to Portland College with the manufacture and installation of a brand-new bar in the College’s Eastwood Suite.  Jephson’s Commercial Director, Ian Jephson, unveiled the new bar to a gathering of business owners and managers at the Mansfield and Ashfield 2020 networking event

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12 Dec 2018
Education
Joinery students give piano new lease of life

From the tinkling of the ivories to the clinking of glasses, joinery students at West Nottinghamshire College have used their wood-skills to transform an everyday item.   Entry-level students on the carpentry and joinery course have given a piano a new lease of life thanks to the Reloved project launched by tutors and technicians, while

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6 Dec 2018
Don’t put your back out this Christmas

Advice for a healthier Christmas from Health on Hand Mansfield, 15 St John Street, Mansfield. For those that experience back pain year round, it’s nothing new that the ongoing tasks of the Christmas season – decorating, dinners, travelling, etc. – can exacerbate it. But because the holiday season can be strenuous, it can easily cause

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6 Dec 2018
Bringing in the pounds for pups

Students welcomed some cute, loyal and very intelligent special guests to West Nottinghamshire College last week.   Supported by Guide Dogs’ community fundraising development officer,Nichola Bonsall, guide dogs Jingle, Fudge, Jeanie and Darby,  visited the students at the college’s Derby Road campus with their owners and trainers.   For a small donation, students could meet

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29 Nov 2018
Charity
AW Safety Management spearheads local defibrillator fundraiser

Pictured Above left to right: Pete Coleman of The Business Integrity Group and Classic Print Ltd, Danielle Shaw and Adrian Kirkby of AWSM Ltd, Lindsey Marsh – Deputy Head, Amanda Neuville – AWSM Ltd Training Centre Manager and Year 6 pupils Josh Farish & Sylvain Pennington.   A fundraiser which topped more than £900 in

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29 Nov 2018
Email Marketing for Success Action Planning Workshop

Email marketing, when used thoughtfully and inventively, has the power to significantly engage your target audience and successfully promote to them your business, products and services. With support from Digital Growth Programme expert Consultants, you’ll gain a fuller understanding of the procedures and legalities involved in email marketing while utilising the most appropriate solutions for

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29 Nov 2018
Education
Judges relished Charlotte’s dishes

Young chefs from seven Nottinghamshire schools were up to a culinary challenge last week when West Nottinghamshire College played host to the Future Chef competitions.   The competitions, which are run by hospitality, leisure and tourism body Springboard, saw thirteen schoolchildren cook up a two-course meal in timed conditions, within a £7 budget, in the

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29 Nov 2018
Charity
Domestic Violence and Abuse – “That’s an HR issue”

Asking businesses to think about raising awareness about domestic violence (DV) with their employees often raises some common responses – “we don’t have an issue with domestic violence here” or “what happens outside of the office is not our concern”. Depending on an organisations’ awareness, approach and response to DV in the workplace may vary

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22 Nov 2018
Education
Fruition of a royal iDEA

A visit to the capital by royal appointment was the highlight of last week for two members of West Nottinghamshire College staff.   Computer science curriculum manager Trudi Dean and head of creative, lifestyle and digital industries Nikki Slack had the pleasure of attending a very special event in London, hosted by His Royal Highness

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21 Nov 2018
Two new directors at Fidler & Pepper Lawyers

Fidler & Pepper Lawyers, the multi-award-winning law firm that specialises in Conveyancing, Wills, Probate and Trusts matters, has announced that it has appointed two new board members. Joanne Godson and Wendy Walker have been made directors of the firm, which services clients across the UK from its offices in Mansfield and Sutton in Ashfield, Nottinghamshire.

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21 Nov 2018
Foodbank- giving back to the community

In our continued support of our “Giving back to the community” campaign and recognising the ongoing needs of the Ollerton Food Bank AW Safety Management, Edwinstowe House Business Community, St Mary’s Church and both St Mary’s and King Edwin Primary Schools invite our School, Church and Business community members to spread some cheer this Christmas.

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21 Nov 2018
East Midlands Chamber’s Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) 

There is still time to participate in the Chamber’s Quarterly Economic Survey (QES) for the last time this year – it is the biggest, longest-running and most reliable independent business survey of its kind. By giving you a voice, it helps to shape the local, regional and national business climate. Want to know more about how valuable

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21 Nov 2018
Education
Jacob’s on cue for success

A seventeen-year-old West Nottinghamshire College student is gearing up for a sporting championship which will see him representing England next week.   Jacob Elmhirst, from Mansfield, will be representing the country in the Blackball International World Championships – otherwise known as pool, in a six-day tournament, starting on Tuesday (20 November). He will be competing

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21 Nov 2018
Charity
NIDAS families take to the stage in celebration of living a life free from harm and abuse #everyfamilycounts!

Nottinghamshire Independent Domestic Abuse Service (NIDAS) hosted a celebration AGM for families and key stakeholders at the Create Theatre, WNC on Wednesday 7th November 2018.  Over 40 people, including local businesses and charities, crown prosecution service, law firms, staff, volunteers and friends of NIDAS attended an evening of dance, drama and music performed by families

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21 Nov 2018
Brexit from the business perspective

Although Brexit is moving fairly quickly now (compared to its glacial state over the last 2 years) The word Brexit still strikes many emotions  with business and individuals alike. Compared to its apparent almost glacial state over the last 2 years it is now positively speeding along. Some comments from the Institute of Directors caught

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16 Nov 2018
Education
Students tackle conflict in flight

Students from West Nottinghamshire College have been learning about how to handle the more challenging aspects of working in the travel industry. The year two BTEC Extended Diploma Travel and Tourism group have welcomed Maria Gunning from Thomas Cook to the college, as she passed on her experience of managing conflict in aviation. Maria, who

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15 Nov 2018
An Introduction to Paid Social Advertising

Planning and implementation of ad campaigns across a range of social media platforms including Facebook (Instagram), Twitter and LinkedIn. If you are already using social media for your business (or you have recently attended the “Integrating Social Media In to Your Business” 2-Day Workshop), you will be aware that social media marketing can be cost

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15 Nov 2018
Disabled people in Ashfield can be more than £300 a month worse off under Universal Credit, Citizens Advice Ashfield reveals

Citizens Advice Ashfield has said some disabled people in the area could be around £300 a month worse off under Universal Credit compared to the previous system. The new benefit – which rolls 6 legacy benefits such as Jobseeker’s Allowance into one monthly payment – is set to be rolled out in Ashfield in November A

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15 Nov 2018
Our best competition yet!.……..

Do you remember our fantastic competition, “What’s The Story Behind Your Garage Door?” to win a single steel up and over garage door from one of the leading manufacturers, Garador, up to 7”6 wide, fully installed with compliments of Mansfield Garage Doors? That’s a prize worth around £1,800! Well,…….. Competition Winner sees New Garage Door

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15 Nov 2018
Education
Retail giant makes business sense for students

Business students at West Nottinghamshire College are getting work ready thanks to a partnership project with one of the UK’s largest retail stores.   Supermarket giant ASDA’s Forest Town store is helping BTEC National Diploma Level 3 Business students understand some of the key characteristics of model employees, thanks to a series of business talks,

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15 Nov 2018
Make a Will with Fidler & Pepper in November and help Will Aid charities

People who are putting off making a Will are being urged to get them written during November – as they could be helping raise money for charities at the same time. Will writers at Fidler & Pepper Lawyers are once again supporting Will Aid, an annual initiative that runs throughout the month of November that

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15 Nov 2018
Charity
Could your cause benefits from the Robin Hood Lottery Community Fund?

There is £10,800 to share out and local good cause have until 7 December apply for grants of up to £2,000. Mansfield District Council established the local lottery to give to bring additional funding to the community. Now applications are being sought from local groups, organisations and charities for a share of the Robin Hood Lottery Community Fund.

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8 Nov 2018
Charity
Local business jumps at the chance to help this Christmas

Local trampoline park, i-Jump, has announced their partnership with national charity, Family Action, this Christmas.   i-Jump will donate at least 20 stockings full of gifts to the charity, who’s local base is at the Mansfield Woodhouse Children Centre. Family Action will distribute the stockings to local children who otherwise may not receive any presents

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Pinxton Amateur Boxing Club purchase knockout new equipment with help from Mansfield Building Society

Pinxton Amateur Boxing Club (ABC) has received a total donation of £500 from Mansfield Building Society’s Community Support Scheme to purchase new gloves, ropes and punching bags. The club is an inclusive group with both males and females taking part from the age of 5 and has grown to be a successful local organisation, drawing

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25 Oct 2018
Events
Jerry Green Christmas Charity Ball

It’s full steam ahead for the organisers of the exciting Jerry Green Christmas Charity Ball.  All they need now is for you to make it a success by supporting the event. All the details can be found by clicking here.

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25 Oct 2018
Jephson’s Shopfitters gets a surprise visit and gift from Football Club

The team at Jephsons Shopfitters, Mansfield’s food retail industry interior fit-out specialists, recently had a surprise visit from a different team member who came bearing gifts.   Kirsty Kirkland from Sherwood Colliery Football Club dropped in to Jephsons’ offices with a framed first-team home shirt with the Jephsons’ logo emblazoned on the front. Kirsty presented

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25 Oct 2018
Grappling with a business challenge?

Would your organisation like free access to the combined expertise and resources of a leading business school focused solely on growing your business? Organisations looking for new and innovative ideas to support business growth are invited to take part in this year’s Thinkubator Challenge® at Nottingham Business School Thinkubator Challenge® provides access to free expertise

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25 Oct 2018
Education
West Nottinghamshire College reaches out to apprentices in need

Teams of advisors and apprenticeship specialists at West Nottinghamshire College will be on-hand on Monday (22 October) to offer support to apprentices and employers from across the region.   Following the administration of Derby-based apprenticeship company Aspire Achieve Advance – better known as 3aaa – large numbers of apprentices in the region have been left

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25 Oct 2018
Education
College appoints interim principal to “build on its many strengths”

A senior leader with more than 35 years’ experience in the further education sector is set to take on the top job at West Nottinghamshire College.   Martin Sim has been appointed as interim principal and chief executive after impressing governors with his ambitions for the college.   He officially joins the organisation in early

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25 Oct 2018
Restart-a-heart day 2018

In response to British Heart Foundations yearly “Restart-a-heart day 2018” (17.10.18) AW Safety Management, a local H&S and First Aid Training provider for East Midlands, had another great opportunity to contribute as part of our ongoing effort this year in line with our strive to “give back to the community” by providing free emergency CPR demos. 

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25 Oct 2018
Education
Make-up artists are talent of the future

Students from West Nottinghamshire College got the mirrors, brushes, lights and colour ready last week to show off their creativity and skills to an award-winning make-up artist.   Learners on the Level 2 Diploma in Hair and Make-up Artistry welcomed Ashley Jones to the salons at the Derby Road campus, to discover more about his

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25 Oct 2018
East Midlands Chamber- Member Showcase

Member News Fit-out specialist adds new workspace designer to growing team Butler & Willow has appointed another impressive workspace designer by the name of Catherine Lee to its team. Catherine said: “I’m so excited to be starting my new role at Butler & Willow where I can utilise my creativity to design innovative and inspiring

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25 Oct 2018
Mansfield Building Society helps A Place to Call Our Own build pupil confidence with a new range of sensory resources

A Place to Call Our Own (APTCOO) have purchased new Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) equipment, including books, sensory lights and motor coordination tools with the help of a £500 donation from The Mansfield Building Society’s Community Support Scheme. APTCOO is a registered charity based in Mansfield that aims to improve the life chances

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19 Oct 2018
Exciting future plans for Making it! + Special Offer

Making it! has exciting plans for 2019 and beyond, with work well underway to expand the services they offer. Currently Making it! provide serviced office accommodation in Chadburn House. With competitive pricing, flexible terms and high-speed internet throughout the building. They also provide hotdesking for visitors and those just needing somewhere to work in Mansfield

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18 Oct 2018
Art Showcase is a shining success!

R.E.A.L. Education recently showcased the work of their pupils and students on Wednesday 17th October and I had the pleasure of attending and seeing the quality of work their students produce. There was a wide range of artwork both traditional and electronic.  There was even artwork created by robots programmed by students. The level of

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18 Oct 2018
Events
Becky Electrifies Armchair Club Sporting Heroes Audience

On Thursday October 11th a packed Civic Quarter enjoyed ‘The Sporting Heroes Ball’, a dazzling multi-media celebration of Mansfield’s Armchair Club and all the local sports people and clubs it has supported over the 36 years since its launch in 1982. Since inception the Armchair Club has given over £210,000 to dozens of local able-bodied

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17 Oct 2018
New college apprenticeship moves leaders up

West Nottinghamshire College is helping to create managers of the future for the UK’s leading motor dealer franchise with a new professional diploma.   Twenty-four members of staff from Pendragon PLC have enrolled on to the Level 5 Management and Leadership Diploma through the college to develop their current managerial skills.   The first cohort

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17 Oct 2018
Jephsons Shopfitters is awarded Safe Contractor accreditation

Everyone at Jephsons Shopfitters is proud that the company has once again been accredited under the Safe Contractor scheme.   Safe Contractor accreditation was awarded to the Mansfield based interior fit-out specialists following a rigorous assessment of Jephsons’ health and safety documentation which was then compared against Safe Contractor Charter Standards, which set out the

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17 Oct 2018
Fidler & Pepper’s Wills and probate experts shortlisted for award

Fidler & Pepper, trusted experts in Wills, probate and Trusts, have been shortlisted for yet another prestigious award. The firm, with offices in Mansfield and Sutton-In-Ashfield, is in the Solicitor Firm of the Year (Regional – Midlands) category of the British Wills & Probate Awards. Richard Howard, who heads up Fidler & Pepper’s private client

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17 Oct 2018
Events
HALL-FAST EXTEND COMMUNITY PROJECTS DEAL WITH NOTTINGHAM RUGBY

This renewed partnership, which will run until 2022, allows for the continuation of the North Notts Community Partnership at Mansfield’s Fountaindale SEN School and Ravenshead Church of England School. Hall-Fast Managing Director Malcolm Hall MBE said: “I am very proud that over the last seven years Hall-Fast have been able to support Nottingham Rugby’s Community

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9 Oct 2018
Events
‘Shine for Cazi’ success story in support of Cancer Research UK

Many of you will know 2020 supporter Mike Farley and remember his wife Carol or Cazi.  Sadly, Cazi died of breast Cancer in 2013 and since that time Mike has dedicated himself to raising funds to support Cancer Research UK in its vital research into fighting Breast Cancer.  Mike has achieved great things and sent us

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4 Oct 2018
Evolving Law firm begins new era

Fidler & Pepper, the forward-thinking, innovative and multi-award-winning law firm, is changing how it is regulated and how it operates. The firm is dedicated to delivering Conveyancing, Wills, Trusts and Probate services in a modern way, and has opted to become regulated by a specialist body that will help it achieve its aims. From this

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Debating Brexit at a Local Level

Following on from May’s Breakfast meeting where those attending would have heard the author of the attached report, Kira Gartzou-Katsouyanni, address the meeting and request subjects for interview.  We have now received the report and film from the London School of Economics and, as promised, we are sharing it as soon as it was received.

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27 Sep 2018
A big thankyou from Portland College!

Portland College have sent a BIG THANKYOU to all 2020 members who helped get the Portland College B-Team fundraising effort over the finish line. They raised £1255 on Just Giving, £1000 from business sponsors, £165 from a collection at Portland College and Mansfield Town FC and at 2020’s Breakfast Meeting today (September 27th) raised over

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26 Sep 2018
Brexit and Trade Conference – East Midlands

East Midlands Chamber are organising two conference about Brexit and Trade.  The details are: 22 October, 8.45-1pm, Nottingham Forest Football Club: East Midlands Brexit and Trade Conference – through a series of panel discussions, keynote speakers and workshops, this free conference session will give attendees the practical advice they need to help meet the challenges

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26 Sep 2018
Restart a heart!

AW Safety Management are supporting “Restart a heart” day Oct 16th 2018.  As part of our ongoing “giving back to the community” they are fundraising to provide a Martek defibrillator for King Edwin Primary School. Please help us reach our goal by clicking: AW Safety Management- restart a heart defib fundraiser flyer.

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26 Sep 2018
Education
College studies make positive impact on rehabilitated students

Tutors at West Nottinghamshire College have joined forces with a Nottinghamshire support service, offering rehabilitated drug and alcohol users with tailored support and learning – and the confidence to run their own event.   On Friday 7 September, students at Double Impact welcomed family, friends, staff and Mansfield MP Ben Bradley to a fundraising event

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26 Sep 2018
Free tickets for Nottingham RFC v Doncaster – Paviors

Please see a flyer below and an Eventbrite link below for FREE tickets courtesy of Mansfield & Ashfield 2020 Member, Hall-Fast Industrial Supplies Ltd. Hall-Fast sponsor both Paviors and Nottingham Rugby.  There are 500 tickets to claim and are being offered to Mansfield & Ashfield 2020 members as Hall-Fast are the match sponsors. Friends and

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26 Sep 2018
AW Safety – offers of the month

************************************ OPEN COURSES 17-19th October – book by 15.10.18 First Aid at Work Level 3 £175.00 – Reduced to £145 Please quote PROMO Code: FAW/10/30 *************************************** E-LEARNING COURSES Buy 2 courses get one FREE On all courses of lesser or same value Please quote PROMO Code: BTGOF Click here for a list of courses we currently

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20 Sep 2018
Education
Can you help Two Counties Trust (including Ashfield and Selston High Schools) Careers Fair?

Two Counties Trust (whose members include Ashfield School and Selston High School) are promoting their annual Careers Fair for students.  They are asking us if any 2020 members would be interested in being part of the event.  For all the details click: Event Information two counties careers event  or email Charlotte King at charlotte.king@twocountiestrust.co.uk.    

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19 Sep 2018
I-Sourcer’s hard work recognised across the Region

Mansfield based business i-Sourcer continues its phenomenal growth trend by scooping the Community Impact Award at The East Midlands Chamber Awards on Friday 14th September.  This was against tough competition from Maggi’s, Nottingham Forest Community Trust and Rothera Sharp Solicitors. As well as looking after the social media for 100+ Businesses from Mansfield to Bali,

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18 Sep 2018
Fidler & Pepper celebrate award success

Fidler & Pepper, the law firm that specialises in Conveyancing and in Wills, probate and trusts, has been named as the winner of a prestigious Commitment to People Development award. The firm, which has offices in Mansfield and Sutton-In-Ashfield and clients across the UK, took the accolade at Friday’s East Midlands Chamber (Nottinghamshire) Business Awards.

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18 Sep 2018
Education
Jordan’s joy at joinery award

A joinery student from West Nottinghamshire College has been awarded a highly-prized City & Guilds Medal of Excellence. Jordan Harrison, 19, from Sutton-in-Ashfield is the only student within Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire to achieve this accolade and one of just 86 people in the world to hold the prestigious golden medal this year – and has

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12 Sep 2018
Events
Team Endurance Karting

Live Pay in association with Red Line present : Team Endurance Karting at The Kurburgring, 4-5 Fulwood Rd North, Huthwaite, NG17 2NB 26th September 2018 From 6:30pm for registration and briefing, racing starts at 7:00pm. Enter your team of 4 drivers now, cost £100 per team with £50 per team being donated to Macmillan Cancer

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12 Sep 2018
AW SAFETY’S LATEST OFFERS

*************************************** 23rd – 25th September 2018 IOSH Managing Safely – Last few places at this price!!! £475.00 – Book by 20.9.18 for £80 OFF – REDUCED TO £395! Please quote PROMO Code: “IOSH/09/80” *************************************** 17-19th October – book by 30.9.18 First Aid at Work Level 3 £175.00 – £30.00 off this price. Please quote PROMO Code: “FAW/10/30 *************************************** “Consultancy Special Offers” 25% discount on all Fire Risk Assessments and Noise Surveys when booked by 30.9.18

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12 Sep 2018
‘Outstanding’ news for Kingfisher Court

Last month Kingfisher Court shared the exciting news that they had been rated an ‘Outstanding’ care home by the Care and Quality Commission. They’re so very proud of this success and continue to deliver on this outstanding service, they just wanted to share this short video celebrating our news.  Enjoy!  Click on ‘READ MORE’ and then

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6 Sep 2018
Enabling Innovation and Mansfield & Ashfield 2020’s ‘SME & the Supply Chain’ conference

Event details This SME & Supply Chain Conference is a unique chance to gain an insight into bidding, tendering, winning and fulfilling contracts within both public and private sector organisations. The UK government has billions to spend with the private sector through public procurement contracts. In 2015/16 the government spent £5.6 billion directly with small

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5 Sep 2018
Ashfield and Mansfield Jobs Fairs 2018

Now running as annual events, the Ashfield and Mansfield Jobs Fairs offer fantastic opportunities to meet with local jobseekers.  In fact, it’s also free to attend and everyone is welcome.  If you are struggling to recruit through conventional methods, then these Jobs Fairs may be exactly what you need.  The Ashfield Jobs Fair is on Friday

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5 Sep 2018
Education
Congratulations to The ‘Oustanding’ Enchanted Garden Day Nursery!!!

The Enchanted Garden Day Nursery has just been awarded OUTSTANDING in all areas by Ofsted. Check out their Facebook page to see what people are saying about our achievement @TheEnchantedGardenDayNursery.   Read for yourself what Ofsted said about them by clicking here.  You’ll soon know what makes The Enchanted Garden Day Nursery an OUTSTANDING provider.

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5 Sep 2018
Meet the Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF) managers

The British Business Bank and D2N2 Growth Hub are holding a briefing event to raise awareness of the new £250m Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF) and to provide businesses looking to apply to the fund with additional support. This event is part-funded via the European Regional Development Fund. Host: D2N2 Growth Hub Venue: The Village

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5 Sep 2018
Events
Enabling Innovation – Innovation support for SMEs’ breakfast meeting

The next Insight Breakfast Meeting will take place at Vision West Nottinghamshire College, in the University Centre, room 103 on Wednesday 12th September from 7.00-11.00am. All the details can be found by clicking here. Event details Successful selling can only be achieved with vision, focus, perseverance, belief and passion. This session will provide an insight

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5 Sep 2018
AW Safety’s latest offers

AW Safety are offering discounts for 2020 members for courses they are running: 23rd – 25th September 2018 IOSH Managing Safely – Last few places at this price!!! £475.00 – Book by 20.9.18 for £80 OFF – REDUCED TO £395! Please quote PROMO Code: “IOSH/09/80” *************************************** 17-19th October – book by 30.9.18 First Aid at Work Level 3 £175.00 – £30.00 off this price. Please quote PROMO Code: “FAW/10/30 *************************************** “Consultancy Special Offers”

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Understanding Critical Incidents at Work

Social Support Systems CIC are holding a one day course for local people and businesses all about critical incidents at work.  It’s on Friday 26th October 2018 at Mansfield Business Centre, Ashfield Avenue, Mansfield.  Full details and booking can be found by clicking here. As a special offer for other 2020 members SSS is offering a special

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4 Sep 2018
The Mansfield Building Society helps provide security and safety for Chesterfield Inspire Community Garden

A Chesterfield based charity, Inspire Community Garden, has received a donation of £1,000 from The Mansfield Building Society’s Community Support Scheme to help fund a new secure tool shed and maintenance area for tools and machinery. The Inspire Garden is a charity and relies solely on the work of volunteers and charitable donations to maintain

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31 Aug 2018
September Ingenuity Events

September has quickly crept up on us which is when all things Ingenuity kick off again! There are several events scheduled for September so take a look below. These are all free workshops/breakfast events for SMEs based in Nottingham and Derbyshire. 13th September – Creativity to Grow your Business one day workshop Creativity is a powerful

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30 Aug 2018
Hall-Fast Founder Joins All-Party Parliamentary Corporate Responsibility Group

Hall-Fast’s founder and Managing Director Malcolm Hall has been invited to join the All-Party Parliamentary Corporate Responsibility Group (APCRG)   Hall-Fast were recently chosen as the Mansfield Constituency Responsible Business Champion by local MP Ben Bradley and subsequently were named in the top 20 UK responsible businesses alongside sports clubs and major multi-national companies including

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AW Safety course- special offer for 2020 members and supporters

IOSH Managing Safely 25-27th September 2018 £475.00 on offer at £395.00 if booked by 20.9.18 Please quote promo code IOSH/09/80 Venue: Training Centre, AW Safety Management Ltd, Edwinstowe House, High Street, Edwinstowe, Mansfield, Notts, NG21 9PR For more details or to make a booking, contact the office on 01623 821516 or training@awsafety.co.uk Web: www.awsafety.co.uk

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23 Aug 2018
MDC Business Survey – We need your help

As you know we work very hard alongside our District Councils. We read every day that Councils up and down the Country have economic pressures placed on them by shrinking budgets. Below is a link to a survey that is being carried by Mansfield District Council concerning the future services in the district and asking

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17 Aug 2018
Events
Warning to heed Tour of Britain parking restrictions

Motorists in Mansfield are being urged to heed temporary parking restrictions, which will be in force during the OVO Energy Tour of Britain cycle race next month, to avoid the risk of having their vehicles towed away. The final five miles of the Nottinghamshire stage of the prestigious race, Britain’s largest free sporting event, will

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15 Aug 2018
1 DAY –  LEVEL 2 HEALTH & SAFETY IN THE WORKPLACE

AW Safety Management Ltd are holding a 1day #HealthandSafety in the workplace course 9th October 2018 at their Edwinstowe office. This qualification is to provide all learners within and organisation with the knowledge to identify workplace hazards and contribute to the positive health and safety culture within the workplace. The qualification contains subjects which are essential

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Asbestos Awareness Course in Edwinstowe on Sept 6th 2018

Asbestos Awareness Course Sept 6th 2018 in Edwinstowe The statistics speak for themselves. Asbestos related deaths are still on the increase. Are you and your employees aware of the dangers and health implications of long term exposure? For multiple place company bookings discount may apply Call 01623 821516 or email info@awsafety.co.uk to book a place

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Award winning local mental health consultancy, Social Support Systems, are pleased to announce the launch of the ‘Black Dog’ project

The project aims to support members of the military and blue-light communities who are enduring poor mental health as a result of the operational experiences.   Managing Director Sean McCallum, who co-lead the psychological recovery team in the aftermath of the London terror attacks of 2017 and the Grenfell Tower disaster, believes that the project

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8 Aug 2018
Mansfield Building Society helps junior badminton club hit a winner with new rackets.

Mansfield Junior Badminton Club has purchased 20 new badminton rackets with the help of a £400 donation from The Mansfield Building Society’s Community Support Scheme.   Mansfield Juniors is a badminton club aimed specifically at young people in the Mansfield area aged 9 to 17. The club provides an opportunity for young people to develop

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8 Aug 2018
Fidler & Pepper are finalists in a trio of awards

Fidler & Pepper, the law firm with a focus on Conveyancing, and Wills, is in the running for three awards that reflect its commitment to a “grow your own” approach to developing staff. The firm provides specialist legal advice both locally and nationally, and it’s in the firm’s DNA to support and develop staff, knowing

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7 Aug 2018
East Midlands Chamber’s Brexit Video to support you- the first of regular updates

The Chamber wants to help all businesses to successfully navigate their way through the Brexit process. This new video series, which will be updated regularly, is designed to provide you with helpful tips, information and actions that you might need to consider for your business or that you should take as the Brexit process continues to be worked

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7 Aug 2018
Citizens Advice Ashfield puts the spotlight on problems with the application process for Universal Credit

Citizens Advice Ashfield is flagging problems with the application process for Universal Credit, following the release of new report from national Citizens Advice.   The report finds that although the benefit is working well for many, a significant number have problems with the application process. A third of people who’ve been helped by the charity

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7 Aug 2018
AW SAFETY’S latest offer re courses

Valid until 28th August 2018 30th August 2018 1 day Level 3 Emergency First Aid at Work £95.00 – Book by 28.8.18 for Buy One Get One FREE Please quote PROMO Code:  “EFAW/BOGO” *************************************** 6th September 2018 Asbestos Awareness £95.00 – Book by 28.8.18 for Buy One Get One FREE Please quote PROMO Code: “ASB/BOGO” *************************************** 11th –

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Latest News from East Midlands Chamber

Greendog launch new site for PXtech The team at Greendog are pleased to announce the launch of a new website for PXtech. Greendog has worked with the company for many years across a range of services such as Web Development, Digital Marketing and Mobile App development. Woodhead MD steps into Chairman role after 39 years

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7 Aug 2018
The Mansfield helps From the Heart Charity spread the love              

A north Nottinghamshire based charity which provides help to families who are struggling socially and financially have received a donation of £817 from The Mansfield Building Society’s Community Support Scheme for a promotional marquee.   From the Heart Charity is a non-profit organisation located in Worksop. It was created by a small team of people

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7 Aug 2018
Education
Creative students bring their artistic talents to a colourful end-of-year exhibition

Costumes from Norse mythology, origami birds, mystical creatures, body parts and fashion were just a small selection of projects being exhibited by creative artists at West Nottinghamshire College.   The 2018 Arts Fest launched on Wednesday 13 June in the college’s state-of-the-art visual art and design centre at the Derby Road campus and welcomed students

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7 Aug 2018
Events
Pendragon Training Academy Charity Challenge Supporting MIND – 16th August 2018

  It is that time of year when Pendragon will be making an all-out effort to support our nominated charity which, for 2018, is MIND.   MIND provide advice and support to empower anyone experiencing a mental health problem. They campaign to improve services, raise awareness and promote understanding.   Because of MIND, millions more

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7 Aug 2018
Education
Lizzie is London bound

An ex-construction student from West Nottinghamshire College is feeling elated following her nomination for a prestigious national award.   Elizabeth Findlay, from Denby in Derbyshire, graduated from the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma in Construction and the Built Environment last academic year with flying colours.   Her triple distinction star grades prompted tutor Lynsey Hanson

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3 Aug 2018
Events
LivePay invite you to the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning!

This year LivePay are looking to support the “World’s Biggest Coffee Morning” Why not join us on Friday September 28th 2018 at our Mansfield office? With the school holidays now upon us businesses tend to find things are a little quieter than usual which allows them to consider changes. If one of the things you

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3 Aug 2018
Education
Simply the best! National award for chef mentor Mandy

West Nottinghamshire College cookery mentor Mandy Prince is celebrating being named the best in the country.   The learner advisor and supervisor was announced as winner of the Best College Chef Mentor category at the UK’s first-ever Chef Mentor Awards, held at Celtic Manor Resort hotel, Newport, South Wales, earlier this month (Tuesday 17 July).

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2 Aug 2018
What’s on in August at Kingfisher Court

At Kingfisher Court we like to have a lot of FUN at our home.  All these events are open and free of charge to anyone wishing to join us. Everyone is welcome.   Armed Forces Day Saturday 4th August 11am-3pm You are warmly invited to join us in honouring our wonderful Armed Forces with a Squadron Display Team, military

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1 Aug 2018
Events
Tour of Britain comes to Mansfield and Ashfield in September

The Tour is back in Nottinghamshire this year and two of Mansfield and Ashfield 2020 Patrons are working hard to make it happen. Mansfield and Ashfield District Councils are busy making plans to ensure that everything is in place for it to be a great success locally. It’s one of the most prestigious cycling events

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26 Jul 2018
College amongst UK’s highest for student satisfaction

West Nottinghamshire College is amongst the highest-scoring colleges in the UK for student satisfaction, according to wide-ranging national research.   Results of the learner exit survey 2017/18, which sought the views of those who studied on courses this academic year, have placed it in the top 25 per cent of participating colleges for positive feedback.

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26 Jul 2018
Business rates targeted as job losses hit the high street

As news hits that the High Street in 2018 is suffering, the Mail and the Mirror are each calling for a root and branch review of business rates, as they launch campaigns to ‘save Britain’s high streets.’ Chief executives of some of the country’s biggest retail chains, along with politicians from all parties, have warned

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26 Jul 2018
Citizens Advice calls for Regulator for Bailiff Industry

Ashfield Citizens Advice has seen an increase in clients seeking guidance on what bailiff companies can and can’t do.   In a recent case Tina from Sutton in Ashfield, who has multiple long term health problems, was being pursued for non-payment of a TV licence by collection agents Collectica, the warrant officer threatened to seize

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11 Jul 2018
People across Nottinghamshire urged to shape the region’s health priorities

People living in Nottinghamshire are being called on to put forward their views on what the region’s health priorities should be. NIHR CLAHRC East Midlands, a regional health research organisation tasked with speeding up the adoption of science to the frontline of the NHS, has launched a consultation. Formed in 2013, it has been given

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11 Jul 2018
Colour for kids at college

A world of colour and creativity is being organised for youngsters at West Nottinghamshire College’s art studio this August. The summer art workshops on both 6 and 7 August will take place at the Derby Road campus and will be aimed at different age groups to bring out their artistic talents. The Creating Disney World

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11 Jul 2018
Starting a business in Ashfield or Mansfield?

Latest news from in and around Ashfield & Mansfield Visit invest.ashfield-mansfield.com or email invest@ashfield-mansfield.com View this in your browser Then this FREE programme is for you! Programme Dates: Week 1: Monday 16th & Tuesday 17th July Week 2: Monday 23rd July Location: Mansfield i-Centre, Oakham Business Park, Hamilton Way, Mansfield, NG18 5BR This intensive 2 day

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11 Jul 2018
Loyalty recognised at President’s Summer Reception

Seventy-five firms were thanked yesterday for their long-standing loyalty to East Midlands Chamber*. Between them they have been Chamber members for over 2,600 years. The longest-standing member recognised at last night’s Chamber President’s Summer Reception was Rolls-Royce with 110 years, followed by consultancy service company Pick Everard and Flint Bishop Solicitors with 90 years each

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11 Jul 2018
Events
Kingfisher Court- what’s on!

What’s On in July At Kingfisher Court we like to have a lot of FUN at our home.  All these events are open and free of charge to anyone wishing to join us. Everyone is welcome.   SUMMER FETE Saturday 21st July 11am – 3pm We are revisiting some good old fashioned seaside memories bringing the beach to Kingfisher! We will

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11 Jul 2018
Education
Taste of restaurant business from ‘rising star’ chefs

Trainee chefs from West Nottinghamshire College got a taste of what it takes to create award-winning food and run a professional kitchen – from three former students who are rapidly making a name for themselves in the world of gastronomy. It came courtesy of an end-of-year trip by catering and hospitality students to renowned restaurant

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10 Jul 2018
Protect and Prepare : Secure Your Business Action Planning Workshop

Understand the threats and develop a strategy to protect your business. Working in today’s digital age can present many threats to businesses, both large and small. Protect and Prepare: Secure Your Business consists of three main elements Resilience, Recovery and Contingency. This workshop has been developed to help you understand these elements and will provide you with the knowledge required

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2 Jul 2018
Hall Fast Industrial Supplies make a big impact in ‘National Responsible Business Champion’ awards 2018

The All-Party Parliamentary Corporate Responsibility Group (APCRG) has announced the companies long-listed for its National Responsible Business Champion award 2018, as selected by the Group’s Co-Chairs, Jonathan Djanogly MP and Baroness (Sally) Greengross.   This Responsible Business Champions scheme was introduced by the Group in 2015 to encourage MPs to take a closer look at

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2 Jul 2018
Free workshop for members.  Harness the Power of Pictures!

Free workshop for members.  Harness the Power of Pictures for your Business at The Ingenuity Centre, University of Nottingham Innovation Park.   Following his breakfast talk on Tuesday 5th June, Dr Mark Rawlinson will be delving deeper into the theme of ‘The Power of Pictures’ at this full day workshop. Delegates are welcome to register for both

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2 Jul 2018
Education
Silver success for college’s higher education provision

West Nottinghamshire College delivers high-quality teaching, learning and outcomes for its university-level students and consistently exceeds rigorous national quality requirements for higher education (HE).   That is the verdict of independent regulator the Office for Students (OfS), which has awarded the Mansfield college a prestigious silver rating in this year’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) awards.

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28 Jun 2018
Fidler & Pepper shortlisted for Best Training Firm award

An ongoing commitment to training and development has seen Fidler & Pepper Solicitors being shortlisted for another prestigious award. The firm is a finalist in the category of Best Training Firm of the Year in the LFS Conveyancing Awards. Now in their seventh year, the LFS Conveyancing Awards are the biggest and most prestigious event

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28 Jun 2018
Hard work adds up to success for accounting apprentices

It all added up perfectly this week as accounting apprentices at West Nottinghamshire College celebrated achieving their apprenticeship qualifications.   More than twenty Level 2 and Level 3 apprentices together with their employers were invited to join tutors last Tuesday (19 June) at the college’s Refined fine dining restaurant for a celebratory meal and presentation.

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28 Jun 2018
New apprentice, Dylan, gets a warm welcome!

John Morley of i-Sourcer is pictured welcoming new apprentice, Dylan Booth.  It’s certainly a warm welcome from John as temperatures haven’t been as high as this since before Dylan was born! Commenting on Dylan’s appointment John said, ”I’m really pleased that Dylan has joined us and that the business can support the apprenticeships scheme.  It’s

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18 Jun 2018
Free stand at Ashfield and Mansfield Jobs Fair available for 2020 Members

Invest Mansfield & Ashfield (Ashfield & Mansfield Regeneration Service) are holding their annual jobs fairs again in Ashfield and Mansfield bringing together local employers with vacancies, recruitment specialists, training providers and organisations set up to provide practical employment support and guidance with residents from across the County who are looking for opportunities to either return to

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14 Jun 2018
Fidler & Pepper offer £99 Wills service

Fidler & Pepper Solicitors have launched a £99 Will writing service just for July.  This discounted service is being offered in a bid to encourage more and more people to get their Wills written by professionals. A single Will is £99 and a pair of Wills is £139 (Subject to VAT). To compare, the firm

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14 Jun 2018
Routes into China

Nottingham University are organising an event called Routes into China for the Languages for Business Project in partnership with the Asia Business Centre and the Nottingham Confucius Institute. The event is being held on Monday 2nd July at the Nottingham Contemporary from 9.00am until 2.00pm. The aim of the event is to provide local SMEs with practical insight around routes into

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14 Jun 2018
Education
HE Fest and fun!

West Nottinghamshire College is staging a summer festival for those looking to go on to university-level studies.   The Higher Education Festival on Saturday 23 June, will take place at the college’s Derby Road campus and will offer both information and fun activities and will include representatives from local universities.   Attendees will be able

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14 Jun 2018
3 DAY IOSH MANAGING SAFELY COURSE

AW Safety Management Ltd are holding a 3 day #IOSH Managing Safely course on 25th – 27th September 2018 taking place at our Edwinstowe Office. Cost is just £475pp. Call 01623 821516 or email info@awsafety.co.uk to book your place. Check our website for further course content details. For multiple place company bookings we can bring

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14 Jun 2018
Need to know more about manual handling of loads?

As part of our June initiative to promote accident prevention we are please to offer our 1 Day AoFAQ Level 2 Manual Handling course.   July 3rd, 2018 at our Edwinstowe training facility Cost is just £95pp. Call 01623 821516 or email info@awsafety.co.uk to book your place. Check our website for further course content details

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14 Jun 2018
Education
College scores a hat-trick with BTEC accolades

It’s been a triple celebration at West Nottinghamshire College as two students and a member of staff scooped certificates for exceptional work in their curriculum areas.   Classmates Tom Patrick and Lucas Myles Spence both achieved a commended position for the BTEC Construction Student of the Year category of the annual BTEC Awards, along with

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14 Jun 2018
Fidler & Pepper scoop Apprentice Employer award

An ongoing dedication to a Grow Your Own strategy of recruiting and supporting apprentices has seen Fidler & Pepper receive yet another accolade. The firm, which specialises in Conveyancing, Wills, Trusts and Probate legal services, took the title of Apprentice Employer of the Year at the Nottingham Post Business Awards. It’s a proud moment for

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30 May 2018
Education
A great way to help! Offering local work placements

The Beech Academy is a small school for children with Autism and Learning Difficulties in Mansfield. They are asking local businesses and Mansfield & Ashfield 2020 members to support them by offering work place experiences for our young people. They’ve written: Current data from Mencap (2017) shows that only 6% of people with learning difficulties in the UK

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29 May 2018
STAGS LAUNCH 200 CLUB WITH CHANCE TO SPONSOR NORTH STAND

An exclusive new ‘200 club’ has been launched with a chance for businesses or individuals to sponsor the North Stand for 2018-19. The 200 club can be joined for just £200 and entitles businesses or individuals to be entered into a draw before the start of the season for exclusive sponsorship of the North Stand.

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29 May 2018
Evolve Alliance proudly hosts their second conference: Collaborate now, Innovate now, the class of 2035 Needs YOU!

Wednesday, 10th October 2018 at 09:30  – 15:30 Ransom Wood Conference Suite, Southwell Road, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, NG21 0HJ All the details and keynote speakers can be found at Evolve Alliance Invitation For any further details, please email Michael Lucas (mlucas@evolvetrust.org) or call Michael on 07482 240669.  

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29 May 2018
Education
Engineering innovators showcase their talents

Engineering students at West Nottinghamshire College have been researching and presenting their technical findings at an end-of-year showcase this week.   More than 30 students presented their final-year projects to tutors, business leaders and fellow students at the fifth Engineering Showcase., on Wednesday (23 May).   The students have each completed either the HNC in

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29 May 2018
Education
“Classics with a twist” at students’ graduation dinner

Trainee chefs and front-of-house professionals at West Nottinghamshire College are bringing the curtain down on their studies with a special evening in the place where they honed their skills.   Cookery students Charlotte Murden, Lucy Wilcockson and Kaleb Davis, and hospitality learners Sam Woolhouse and Jake Hayes are busy preparing their graduation dinner at college

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29 May 2018
Sat Bains inspires next generation of chefs and managers

One of the country’s best chefs, Sat Bains, joined catering and hospitality students at West Nottinghamshire College to share his tips and expert insight on forging a successful career in the industry. The gastronomic genius took part in a question and answer session with budding chefs, front-of-house professionals and managers, who quizzed him about his

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29 May 2018
SUPPORT FOR SMES – FROM START-UP TO SCALE-UP

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) has secured funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) to manage a range of support programmes aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). NTU offers businesses the support they need to thrive. We help entrepreneurs bring their ideas to life, and we provide SMEs with access to the expertise and facilities they need to help

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29 May 2018
FOCUS ON… DIGITAL AND TECHNOLOGY SOLUTIONS DEGREE APPRENTICESHIPS

  In line with Nottingham Trent University’s continued effort to expand our portfolio of degree apprenticeships, September 2018 will see the launch of a number of new apprenticeships in the field of digital and technology solutions. An emerging area of importance, digital and technology solutions spans the majority of industries and sectors. NTU’s degree apprenticeships will equip

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New Chair Appointed at D2N2 Growth Hub

D2N2 Growth Hub, the business support service for small and medium sized enterprises in D2N2, has appointed Melanie Ulyatt MBE as its new chair. Melanie, who is Managing Director of Domiciliary Care and Training Provider, One to One Support Services has been a member of the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Board since 2016 and from this

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24 May 2018
Hall-Fast Chosen as Constituency Responsible Business Champion for Mansfield

We are delighted to announce that Hall-Fast Industrial Supplies have been chosen as the Constituency Responsible Business Champion for the Mansfield constituency by MP Ben Bradley. The scheme, organised by the All-Party Parliamentary Corporate Responsibility Group (APCRG), promotes debate and understanding of corporate responsibility in the community, environment, marketplace and workplace. During Responsible Business Week

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24 May 2018
TRAUMATISED RETAIL STAFF

(Written by socialsupport on May 17, 2018.) Every day in our towns and cities, the retail industry deals with an array of difficult and challenging situations and incidents within, or around their premises, and retail staff are exposed to all manner of experiences which can overwhelm their natural coping abilities. Whilst retailers are clear targets

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24 May 2018
Events
Fun dog show and cup cakes- all set for June

 What’s On in June At Kingfisher Court we like to have a lot of FUN at our home.  All these events are open and free of charge to anyone wishing to join us. Everyone is welcome.   ALZHEIMER’S SOCIETY CUPCAKE DAY Thursday 14th June – 10am to 12 noon. Please come and join us at Kingfisher Court as we support

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24 May 2018
Education
Graduating students to stage fine-dining finalé

Culinary creativity and sparkling service will be showcased by the next generation of chefs and hospitality professionals to come out of West Nottinghamshire College.   Students Jack Kelly, Nathan Kirby, Georgia McGuiness, Richard Smith, Aimee Field, Chloe Boyles and Lewis Thorpe are putting the finishing touches to their graduation evening on Thursday (24 May), which

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23 May 2018
Great opportunity for an apprentice

Employer : CCM LivePay (Central Computer Management Ltd) Location: Sovereign House, Lower Oakham Way, Oakham Business Park, Mansfield, NG18 5BY   Who is the employer? Where will I be working? CCM uses the latest technology to provide high quality payroll services to companies all over the UK.  We have been established for over 35 years

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18 May 2018
Engineering Showcase Invitation

      2018 Engineering Showcase InvitationLocal engineering companies are invited to come along to West Notts College’s Engineering Showcase.   The showcase is being held at the Vision University Centre next Wednesday 23rd May, with a lunch and networking session 12-12.45pm, followed by a session 12.45 -2.00pm for guests to drop in at any

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17 May 2018
Enterprising students develop supermarket products

Young business entrepreneurs and budding marketeers from West Nottinghamshire College pitched their best business ideas to industry experts in a competition inspired by television’s Dragon’s Den.   Dubbed the Future Business Leader Challenge, the day-long event was organised by BTEC Level 3 Business Diploma students Millie Hastings, 17, Kelsey Wilson, 18 and Jack Dring, 22.

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17 May 2018
Places on training courses for 2018!

AW Safety Managements announces courses for the second half of 2018 and offers 2020 members a 20% (budget safety) reduction in fees!  Book early! Training Year Planner 2018 Location Duration Accreditation cost Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec IOSH MS High Street, Edwinstowe, NG21 9PR 3 days IOSH £475.00 25-27th First Aid High Street, Edwinstowe,

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16 May 2018
Events
The Power of Pictures

Nottingham University’s upcoming breakfast event is on ‘The Power of Pictures’. This is a free breakfast event for SMEs based in Nottingham and Derbyshire. The Power of Pictures  – 5th June 2018, 7:45am, The Sir Colin Campbell Building, University of Nottingham Innovation Park

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16 May 2018
Education
Childcare challenge brings success

Children’s story-telling and interactive displays were the themes in a regional childcare competition entered by two West Nottinghamshire College students – earning one of them a prized second place. Bringing their Level 2 Childcare skills to the test Tristan Jones and Britney Rayner, both 17, worked alongside five other colleges – South Staffordshire College, South

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16 May 2018
Events
Spice things up with Thai cuisine classes

Those with a passion for cooking can learn to cook Thai dishes at West Nottinghamshire College’s Refined fine dining restaurant this month. The Learn To Cook Thai class takes place on Wednesday 23 May from 5-9pm in the state-of-the-art kitchens at the college’s Derby Road campus. Dishes such as spring rolls, vegetarian stir fry noodles,

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16 May 2018
Events
Ladies Day at Southwell Racecourse

Join us for our biggest day of the year here at Southwell. A big crowd and a great atmosphere is guaranteed, with live music from Abba Arrival and a best dressed competition. There are lots of different ticket packages on offer to suit any budget. Our Super Saver (single admission) ticket will be available at

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11 May 2018
AW Safety Management’s “Foodbank Flurry” success!

AW Safety Management Ltd a local H&S Consultancy and Training provider in Edwinstowe as part of our “giving back” iniative recently organised a charity event on 28th March 2018 which we named “Foodbank Flurry” to support the ever growing need of families in our community who use and rely on the local foodbank to continually

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11 May 2018
Wendy marks 37 years with Fidler & Pepper!

When members of the team at Fidler & Pepper Solicitors need advice or help, they often turn to Wendy Walker.  For Wendy knows the Nottinghamshire-based Fidler & Pepper more than most – particularly as she has just celebrated 37 years at the firm. Wendy joined as a receptionist before becoming an office junior and then

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10 May 2018
Fidler & Pepper make the headlines with awards shortlist

A commitment to its apprenticeships programme has seen Fidler & Pepper shortlisted for a prestigious business award. The firm, which specialises in conveyancing matters and in Wills, probate and trusts, has been shortlisted in the Apprentice Employer category in the annual Nottingham Post awards scheme. Managing partner Mark Slade said: “We have a firm commitment

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10 May 2018
Events
Crime and dine at Mansfield restaurant

A thrilling evening of fine food and fun is coming to West Nottinghamshire College’s Refined restaurant next week.   On Wednesday 17 May, from 7pm, diners have ‘An Invitation To Murder’ at the Derby Road-based restaurant at a three-course event set in the 1920s, hosted by Big Head Events.   Diners will join in the

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10 May 2018
Digital Know How Workshop- free of charge!

Ben Bradley MP, Member of Parliament, has recently met with Google and is promoting the fact that Lloyds Banking Group will be holding a Digital Know How Workshop on Friday 15th June 2018, 9:30am to 1:45pm at the Civic Centre, Chesterfield Road South, Mansfield, NG19 7BH. The free workshop, run in partnership with Google and

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10 May 2018
EXCITING SUMMER VACATION INTERNSHIP SCHEME

Several exciting opportunities are available for law students or graduates to join our 2018 ‘summer vacation internship scheme’ at Banner Jones. Candidates applying should be working towards studying or developing a career to achieve recognised qualifications within the legal sector. This scheme is aimed at hard-working individuals with strong academic backgrounds; good GCSEs or A-levels

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9 May 2018
PROFILE: FIDUCIA ON REALLY KNOWING YOUR CLIENTS

  Fiducia managing director talks to Money Marketing journal on ‘good old-fashioned’ customer service in the digital world Anthony Scott is adept in the art of communication. As an adviser and a novelist (he has written the novels ‘On Ashover Hill’ and ‘The Birthday Gift’) it is crucial for the Fiducia Group managing director to

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9 May 2018
Soup kitchen volunteer is The Mansfield’s Community Star 2018

Mansfield Soup Kitchen’s Sara Spalding has been awarded Mansfield Building Society’s 2018 Community Star Award for her work with the homeless. Sara, who is one of 9 volunteers at the soup kitchen, won the Community Star Award for her commitment and dedication to helping those sleeping rough on the streets of Mansfield. Her selfless contribution

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9 May 2018
Mansfield District Council looks to improve Council’s digital services

Mansfield District Council is currently working with Digital consultants – Method, looking to undertake some research with business users to improve the Council’s digital services. Method are are working to improve a range of council services and therefore every input is very important.  They want the consultation results to assist with decision-making about the Council’s future

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9 May 2018
Education
Driving apprenticeships forward

West Nottinghamshire College will be holding specialist employment open days this month at one of the UK’s largest automotive retailers.   Apprenticeships in customer service at Pendragon in Annesley, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, are currently available for people looking to gain employment and training in the motor vehicle company’s customer service team.   The Level 2 qualification would

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9 May 2018
A taste of university life at college

Teenagers are being offered a hands-on educational opportunity during the May half-term week at West Nottinghamshire College.   For young people currently in Year 12 or 13 (aged 17 or 18) the college’s Vision University Centre is opening its doors to offer taster sessions – to give people a feel for university-level study.   The

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