The British Indian Business Forum (BIBF) Nottingham and the High Sheriff of Nottingham are joining forces in a local ‘Dragons’ Den’

November 16, 2015 11:20 am

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The BIBF Nottinghamshire and the High Sheriff Dr Jas Bilkhu are inviting applications from budding entrepreneurs to apply for a grant to support their business development.

BIBF is a partnership of local highly successful Indian businessmen and professionals that supports  economic development and business growth. The group is particularly keen to help young people with innovate ideas.

Supported by the High Sheriff Jas Bilkhu and the Nottinghamshire Community Foundation the den will bring together 6 local ‘business dragons from the BIBF who will award successful enterprise ideas a grant of up to £3000.

To be considered for a grant, applicants need to be a resident of Nottingham city or county, be able to submit a realistic business plan and have a great enterprise idea.  To find out more visit

All applications must be submitted by 9.30am on February 1st 2016 and short listed applicants will be invited to present their ideas to the Business Dragons at The St James Place Hotel in Nottingham on Monday February 15th 2015. The winners will be presented with their award grants at the BIBF annual dinner on February 26th 2016.

Dr Jas Bilkhu, The High Sheriff of Nottinghamshire and a member of BIBF, commenting on this Enterprise initiative, said, “I am keen in my year of office to support new business and to give people with good ideas a helping hand where I can.

We all need help and support in bringing new ideas to fruition and these awards are a great way to give a boost to the morale of budding entrepreneurs. I wish everyone good luck with their presentations and look forward to following up the success of our winners.”

Nina Dauban, Chief Executive of Nottinghamshire Community Foundation, “This will be our 9th den and we are pleased to be able to support such great ideas  from some very impressive entrepreneurs. On the day they get a lot more than the grant as the generosity of our dragons has often demonstrated.

So far we have seen a range of gifts which includes; free premises, new websites and IT support, new machinery, marketing and leads worth over £100,000″.


For further grants available to businesses, visit Invest Ashfield & Mansfield’s dedicated grants page.

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