Package of support set to revitalise Mansfield district

January 9, 2015 11:32 am

Cllr Kate Allsop

Businesses and residents in Mansfield district are set to benefit from a £658,776 package of measures aimed at creating jobs, helping business growth and enhancing Mansfield market.

Cllr Kate Allsop, Portfolio Holder for Economic Regeneration at Mansfield District Council, took the decision on Friday 9 January 2015 to allocate money from the Council’s Economic Stimulus Fund (ESF) and Apprenticeship Reserve.

A total of £423,000 of the ESF has been earmarked as follows.

  • Up to £100,000 of investment in Mansfield Town Centre market.
  • Grants of up to £4,000 for independent retailers taking on certain vacant properties in Mansfield, Warsop and Mansfield Woodhouse town centres plus shop front improvement grants of up to £5,000 for existing traders.
  • Business growth grants of up to £5,000 for businesses to support product or staff development plus free business and management training.
  • Start-up grants of £1,000 to support new businesses.

In addition, £235,776 of the Apprenticeship Reserve has been allocated to extending the Council’s existing Pathways to Work programme from summer 2015 to 2017/18.

This programme provides graduate and undergraduate placements; an enterprise and employability skills programme in schools; jobs, careers and advice fairs, and apprenticeship grants for employers. It would also include a one-year pilot of post-16 career internships for pupils at four schools in Mansfield who choose not to go to university.

Cllr Kate Allsop, Portfolio Holder for Economic Regeneration, said: “This package of support will help us to achieve our vision for a vibrant District that attracts investment and encourages job creation and growth. I am delighted that so many people including residents, business owners, market traders, town centre retailers, school and university students, and visitors can benefit from the help and support provided by these schemes.”

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