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28 May 2020
Meet the Expert – Is this you?

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

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

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

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28 May 2020
Mental Health First Aid Training from AW Safety

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

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26 May 2020
Virtual Networking just for you!
  Following feedback from our recent 2020 event we felt that during the current social distancing restrictions, many businesses would really benefit from the opportunity to JUST get to know one another over a virtual coffee. A number of our attendees really appreciated the opportunity to speak to people virtually that they had never chatted.....
26 May 2020
Message from Mansfield and Ashfield 2020 Chairman

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

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

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

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

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

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Helping the vulnerable across Ashfield

Ashfield District Council is continuing its effort to ensure essential aid and support is given to vulnerable residents within the district. Recent NHS figures have shown that Ashfield has the highest number of extremely vulnerable people at risk from the Coronavirus in Nottinghamshire. Alongside centrally co-ordinated assistance from the Government, NHS and Nottinghamshire County Council,

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6 May 2020
JOB: Senior Economic Development Officer (Business & Enterprise)

Ashfield District Council is looking for an experienced and dynamic individual to join the council’s Forward Planning and Economic Growth Team, working with a range of partners on a variety of regeneration and development schemes. The successful post holder will be working to support businesses, with a focus on recovery post-pandemic. Full details of the

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Covid-19 Business Support from MDC

Mansfield District Council has access to a range of support for businesses during the current pandemic. Below are some links where you can access support and assistance. Also, Mansfield District Council would like to know how Covid-19 has affected your business. Please take a few minutes to complete their survey. Funding support We are delighted

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Write your business into the 2020 Newsletter

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

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6 May 2020
Mansfield Garage Doors Launch Holiday Competition

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

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6 May 2020
Message from Mansfield and Ashfield 2020 Chairman

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

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

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

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5 May 2020
Covid-19 Support Online Support for Employers

The government is committed to doing whatever it takes to support businesses and individuals through the coronavirus pandemic and HMRC has a range of online support for you. Find out if you can use the Statutory Sick Pay Rebate Scheme, or how to make a claim on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, by joining one

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ARBA Submits Plans for £12m Stockwell Gateway

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

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4 May 2020
Education
Budding chefs serve-up gastro delights to their families

Turning raw ingredients into gastronomic delights has been the challenge this week for professional cookery students who’ve swapped the catering facilities at West Nottinghamshire College for their home kitchens. And serving their delicious creations to their families has been an added bonus in the ‘Come Dine With Me’ style competition. Chef tutor Mark Jones set

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

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

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

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

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23 Apr 2020
Message from Mansfield and Ashfield 2020 Chairman

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

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

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

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

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

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23 Apr 2020
Education
Former VWNC student salutes Captain Tom through her artwork

A former art and design student from West Nottinghamshire College has taken her skills far and wide during lockdown, while saluting one of the nation’s heroes – Captain Tom Moore. Ella Williamson, from Mansfield Woodhouse, has made social media headlines with her pencil drawing of the now famous Captain Tom Moore, the 99-year-old veteran who

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

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

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16 Apr 2020
Sarah McNicol – Coaching support for difficult times

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

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16 Apr 2020
Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – Guidance from HMRC

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

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16 Apr 2020
Hopkins Solicitors are still here to help you

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

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

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

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16 Apr 2020
More Awards Success for Buckley Brown Estate Agents

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

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16 Apr 2020
Health & Safety Webinar from AW Safety

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

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

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

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Flowers from Brambles Florist

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

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9 Apr 2020
Patrick’s skills continue to soar!

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

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Coach helps students REALISE strengths in tough times

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

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9 Apr 2020
NEED HELP WITH CASHFLOW?

With several measures now brought into play by the government, Midland Asset Finance is helping businesses around the country with their financial situations. If your business has been affected by the pandemic, your first port of call should be to enquire at your bank for the Coronavirus Business Loan Scheme (CBILS). To qualify for the

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8 Apr 2020
Wills made by Fidler & Pepper to benefit NHS

Fidler & Pepper Lawyers wants to help and support people with the legal services that it offers, so, from today until the end of June, the Mansfield and Ashfield company is donating £10 to the NHS for every Will it makes. For people who have been wanting to get their affairs in order, now is

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7 Apr 2020
22 marketing ideas just for you and your business

Digital growth agency Xposure Creative has created a list of 22 practical marketing ideas that proactive businesses could use to help them get through the current crisis. NIgel Lamb, who founded Xposure almost 24 years ago, has many years of experience helping companies to grow, in good and in less-favourable economic times. The forward-thinking agency, which

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

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

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5 Apr 2020
Social media Help from i-Sourcer

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

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3 Apr 2020
Top Tips For Working At Home

Under new government regulations, the majority of the UK are now working remotely. For many, this is a new concept which can be extremely challenging due to the difficulty of identifying boundaries and maintaining productivity in a time when it is crucial to maximise performance. Discover our top tips for working from home to ensure

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We’re in it together

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

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2 Apr 2020
The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) is open for applications

The Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme (CBILS) is open for applications and supports a wide range of business finance products, including term loans, overdrafts, invoice finance and asset finance facilities and can provide facilities of up to £5m for smaller businesses across the UK who are experiencing lost or deferred revenues, leading to disruptions to

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

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

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27 Mar 2020
We’re in it together

Dear fellow members We’re in this together and we’ll get through it together. Our collective recovery will be easier and stronger if we look after ourselves and each other through these challenging times. My contribution to all Mansfield and Ashfield 2020 team and members is a free weekly online group coaching session. You will receive

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How can we help?

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

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

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

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Accolades for courageous students Katie and Georgie

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

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

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

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6 Mar 2020
Kirkby Rotary club

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

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Chef returns to his roots for students’ fine dining event

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

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27 Feb 2020
VWNC Scientists put on a real show

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

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27 Feb 2020
Mansfield Town Football Club Spring Business Fair

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

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

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

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27 Feb 2020
Portland College Launch Event – Woodland Adventure Zone

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

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

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

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Mansfield-based bespoke joinery business seeing success with NTU apprentice

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

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21 Feb 2020
M&A 2020 New Member

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

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14 Feb 2020
Advanced Skills Programme

We are pleased to announce we have had approval to offer some limited free places to SME businesses on the upcoming short courses below. All of our courses are charged at £50 for a half-day and £100 for a full day, with free places for charities and discounts for groups of more than 6 delegates

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14 Feb 2020
Women in Leadership short course

Nottingham Trent University is delivering a fully-funded 3-day management and leadership programme for women in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). It has been designed for women working in management or leadership roles, or those aspiring to be, who want to develop their careers and their capability to manage and lead within their organisation. The programme

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

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

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14 Feb 2020
Students are responsible tourists on Gambian adventure

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

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6 Feb 2020
Respectful Care expands into Worksop

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

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

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

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A family hair affair to support Joel

West Nottinghamshire College’s Revive hair salon was the venue for the second time this month for a charity fundraising initiative. Joel Martin, from Langwith, was the second person to undergo a head shave, following college employee Andrew Spencer’s recent act of kindness. Joel, who is a former hospitality and catering student at the college, took

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

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

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Tasty study offers for the unemployed

West Nottinghamshire College is working in partnership with Job Centre Plus to bring a range of free study opportunities to unemployed people who may be considering a career in hospitality or catering. The NVQ Level 1 Certificate in Preparation and Cooking and NVQ Level 1 Certificate in Food and Beverage Service are two short five-week

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31 Jan 2020
Ashfield Citizens Advice to expand its outreach offering

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

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European educationalists join forces

Principals from two colleges almost 3,000 miles apart have met to look at the different styles of education curriculums, administration and management between the UK and Estonia. West Nottinghamshire College’s principal and chief executive Andrew Cropley welcomed Raini Jõks, principal of the Tartu Vocational Education Centre (TVEC) in Estonia, and four of his senior executive

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MA2020 Chairmans Breakfast Roundup

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

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

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

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All change at M&A2020 HQ!

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

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Nottingham Apprenticeships Conference

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

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16 Jan 2020
Events
East Midlands Manufacturing and Engineering Conference 2020 – Sustainable Manufacturing

Sometimes described as the three “P’s” (People, Profit, Planet) or also known as the three pillars of social, economic and environment – this conference will explore the elements that will ensure the East Midlands is at the forefront of the national and international drive to operate in increasingly more environmentally manner, along with exploring the associated business benefits.

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19 Dec 2019
Education
A very merry day at salon’s festive fundraiser

There was plenty of merriment, pampering and prize-winning today at West Nottinghamshire College’s Revive salon, as staff and students held their Christmas charity fundraising day.   Over £380 was raised through ticket sales and raffle entries for Cancer Research UK. Guests paid a £5 fee to enjoy either blow-dried hair styles, file and polish or

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Football in the Community with AW Safety Management

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

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12 Dec 2019
Stopfords Challenge 25

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

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5 Dec 2019
Visioning Day

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

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

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

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28 Nov 2019
Charity
Portland College Crowned Autism Hero Awards Winners

Portland College attended the prestigious Autism Hero Awards ceremony which took place at the Chelsea Harbour Hotel on 9th November, having been shortlisted for two awards; Leading Business and Lifetime Achievement.   The Autism Hero Awards showcase and celebrate the excellence taking place in the world of Autism, and increases awareness and acceptance.   We

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21 Nov 2019
Awards night pride for creative students

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

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

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

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20 Nov 2019
Charity
Celebrations All Round for Portland Pathways

Portland Pathways is looking forward to a bright future after receiving a generous £150,000 grant from the National Lottery Community Fund this month.   The grant will provide funding of £50,000 per year over three years, to support the running of the Pathways Programme.   This will enable us to continue providing the much-needed support

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Pudsey and co pedal to raise the pounds at college

West Nottinghamshire College had a visit from the nation’s favourite yellow bear as he helped out with the popular Children in Need fundraising activities on Friday 15 November.

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20 Nov 2019
Learn How To Grow Your Business!

Do you want to win more clients? Do you want to increase your sales? Do you want to keep your clients for longer? This is an open, free network meeting hosted by NatWest’s Business Growth Enabler, Katie Harper and with the opportunity to hear from Business Growth Specialist Rod Fuller. Rod is a Coach and

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5 Nov 2019
Education
Students’ Union presidents unveiled by college

Up for grabs were three positions of site president at West Nottinghamshire College’s campuses – Derby Road, in Mansfield; its engineering centre, in Sutton-in-Ashfield; and construction centre, in Kirkby-in-Ashfield – for the current academic year.   A four-week election campaign saw candidates for the voluntary roles produce official manifestos containing their pledges and aspirations, before

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31 Oct 2019
Portland College Double Finalists in Autism Hero Awards

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

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

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

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31 Oct 2019
Students are made-up for Halloween

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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23 Oct 2019
State of the Economy Conference 2019

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

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22 Oct 2019
Help bring the magic of Christmas to Mansfield

Last year members of Mansfield and Ashfield 2020 and the wider business community helped to raise over £19,000 in sponsorship for the Christmas in Mansfield celebrations. This year, Mansfield District Council is reaching out again to local businesses with a range of sponsorship opportunities. From as little as £100 you can promote your business to

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22 Oct 2019
Sell faster using Linkedin

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

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22 Oct 2019
DIY – Don’t Injure Yourself

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

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22 Oct 2019
Education
Students on course for environmental change

A-Level students at West Nottinghamshire College are underway with a prestigious leadership development programme run in association with Friends of the Earth and the National Union of Students.   The ‘My World My Home’ project challenges students to plan and organise a local community campaign designed to make a positive change for the environment, and

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

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

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16 Oct 2019
Education
Students are made up with professional make-up tutorial

The very latest make-up trends and colours were presented to students at West Nottinghamshire College recently, by MAC make-up artists.   Kelsay Higton and Liz McCarthy from the MAC counter at Nottingham’s John Lewis store spent a day at the college showing the Level 2 Media Make-up students some tricks of the trade as well

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

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

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16 Oct 2019
Education
Nottingham Trent University to extend provision to Mansfield in partnership with West Nottinghamshire College

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) has announced a new partnership with West Nottinghamshire College, which will see its higher education (HE) provision delivered from the College’s main campus in Mansfield. Working closely with the College, local authorities and employers, NTU will look to provide a range of programmes, including full and foundation degrees and continuing professional

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11 Oct 2019
Women in Leadership

Nottingham Business School are running two 3-day courses in September that focus on women in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) who want to progress into senior or leadership roles.

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

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

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

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

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3 Oct 2019
Sepsis bears are health aware

A community initiative aimed at helping to spot the signs of infection and sepsis in people with a learning disability is looking to go worldwide, thanks to a West Nottinghamshire College staff member’s idea.   Employability and work placement co-ordinator for creative industries, Julie Hough, together with nurses from Sherwood Forest Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust,

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3 Oct 2019
Charity
10 pin bowling supports Macmillan

Mansfield’s local payroll experts Livepay are organising a special Fundraising Event- a 10 pin bowling tournament at Mansfield’s Superbowl, Stockwell Gate, Mansfield NG18 1LG. It’s in aid of Macmillan Cancer Research so why not join in the fun and help raise money for Macmillan. Please support the event with all the details available here.

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

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

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

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

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26 Sep 2019
Xposure launch the Apprentice Game 2019

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

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26 Sep 2019
Education
MBA student projects in Ashfield and Mansfield

Call for student projects: Challenge a team of our postgraduate students to gain fresh thinking and up to date research insights for your business MBA Student Consultancy Project for business • Does your business or team plan to grow or change? •

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26 Sep 2019
Brexit readiness- local events

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

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

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

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26 Sep 2019
Education
Mock Interviews- can you help?

The Brunts Academy will be hosting mock interviews on the 15th November 2019 for our year 11 students at our school to help develop their employability skills.  The school is located at “The Park, Mansfield, NG18 2AT”.  We need employers like you to support this activity.  If are able to attend this event and interview

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19 Sep 2019
Events
You’re successful. You’ve grown. Now scale.

On the 24th September D2N2 Growth Hub are holding an UpScaler Information session in Ashfield. This is an opportunity for high growth businesses to find out more about the UpScaler project, hear from existing clients and potentially sign up. More details of the event can be found here: Growing at a pace that’s hard to

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19 Sep 2019
Events
Ashfield & Mansfield Brexit events

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

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18 Sep 2019
Autumn Delights at Refined!

  Wednesday 25 September sees the start of the restaurant’s autumn service. Their new and returning hospitality and cookery students and chefs, will be ready to welcome and delight you with their skills and tasteful ideas for this season.Opening times Don’t forget you can join them for lunch each Wednesday and Friday, with Wednesday and

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5 Sep 2019
Women in Leadership

Nottingham Business School are running two 3-day courses in September that focus on women in small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) who want to progress into senior or leadership roles.

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29 Aug 2019
September and October courses with AW Safety!

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

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

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

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27 Aug 2019
Education
A-level students celebrate exam success

A-level students at West Nottinghamshire College are celebrating another excellent set of exam results, with the ‘class of 2019’ achieving the grades to progress to university, take up an apprenticeship or enter employment. Thursday 15 August 2019 was A-level Results Day and the college announced an overall pass rate of 98.8% – which is 1.2%

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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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