Mansfield and Ashfield 2020 is a key organisation in helping to raise the prospects and aspirations of the local area.

It provides a powerful voice for business innovation and regeneration. It connects all of the key people within the community whether from public or private sector to make a real difference.

– Louise Knott, Vice Principal: Vision West Nottinghamshire College

2020 is about many things but the main ones are firstly, the ability to know and meet other people from the area who are trying to make this area a better area. Not just business people but people from all walks of life unusually united in one cause – to make the area a better area.

Secondly, business locally and nationally plays a very small role in politics. To a certain degree, business has lost its voice, in spite of the fact that employment seems to remain one of the keys to social stability. 2020 gives business people the chance to have a voice and to push for the ‘pace of business’ to be inserted into local politics and the improvement of our community. Thirdly, there is the networking. Like it or hate it, it needs to be! Knowing who can supply you locally or who you can sell to locally or who does what locally is a big issue for any community. 2020, with it’s monthly busy/fizzy breakfast meetings provides a great and efficient forum to enable this to happen. There are many other benefits from 2020 membership, some useful all the time and others ‘just when you need them’. For Linney Group, being part of a busy/ pacey organisation is a nice way to be involved in the community – it’s refreshing!

– Nick Linney, Linneys