With week one of the current national lockdown under our belt and the positivity being raised by the possibility of the first vaccines being made available can we see the light at the end of the tunnel?
I sincerely hope so.
As a business group we continue to offer support, guidance and signposting as appropriate to ensure our members and the wider business community get every bit of support we can possibly offer.
I appreciate that for some it is tougher than for most with struggling businesses, unemployment and the need for more financial support. Whilst these issues are very serious, we must all attempt to do what we can to help each other through the next month or so, ensuring we are still in a position to rebuild those businesses, the economy and the lives currently touched by all the adverse effects of COVID.
The Mansfield and Ashfield communities continue to amaze with the fantastic support for food kitchens, food parcel deliveries and other brilliant community spirited causes.
It is that sense of community and our inbuilt resilience that will see us through I am sure.
We at M&A 2020 are in a similar position as many of the local businesses and whilst we are determined to continue supporting business and the wider community alike, we do need you to support us too.
We need our members to re-join, we need new blood to give us new ideas and we need to get a greater collaborative approach to businesses supporting each other.
We are as determined as most of you to end the year with as much positivity as we can.
So please come join the party. You can find details of all of our upcoming virtual events here.
This month saw the launch of a campaign to see if we can in any way ease some of the problems getting school children back up to speed with lost education time and to help whilst many children are still ending up at home due to COVID issues related to their school bubbles.
The campaign #makingITpossible is being led by “the three musketeers”; myself, Martin Rigley and Katie Cooper Lewis. Our mantra being that this is “all for one and one for all”, corny yes, but it is aimed at easing a problem whereby children facing digital poverty will potentially lead to adult digital exclusion. We feel this needs addressing and whilst there are national schemes in place we would urge local business and the wider community to please help us in any way possible.
The links to our campaign are:

  1. Facebook – makingITpossiblenotts
  2. Twitter – @makingITposs
  3. LinkedIn – makingITpossible
  4. Crowdfunder.co.uk/makingitpossible

We will also be asking our members to provide answers to a few questions and provide a short video on how apprentices and apprenticeships work for local business.
This will be used to highlight the very best of what we as an area are capable of achieving.
For anyone interested please contact us at [email protected] or [email protected].
Many thanks to all who have attended our programme of events during 2020, we look forward to seeing and engaging with you through the Autumn/Winter period.
Have a great weekend

Gary Jordan
Mansfield & Ashfield 2020 Chairman
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