2020 to host Mansfield’s Entrepreneurial Weekend

March 3, 2014 10:56 am

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2020, in collaboration with NatWest, are hosting an Entrepreneurial workshop where budding entrepreneurs can find all of the information they need about support and grants.

The aim of the event is to create a collaborative, local event which enables people to learn more about the wealth of support that is available to entrepreneurs in North Nottinghamshire. The event is designed to encourage more people to start up their own business by demonstrating the range of free support available to help through all business start-up stages: from idea to development.

The organisations supporting the event have not only helped support several budding entrepreneurs across our area but they also continue to help them grow and guide them in every stage of their business lifecycle.

During the event local expertise will be available to provide free help and support to potential business start-ups from:

Mansfield 2020:

The hub for business direction, growth and support for all businesses at EVERY stage of their lifecycle.  They aim to revitalise the town and maximise the trading potential by challenging changes and missed opportunities. Mansfield 2020’s mission is to place Mansfield on the map in a positive light!


The NatWest Mobile Business School, in the form of a 1960’s double decker bus, will be accessible in the Town Centre.   They will be offering a range of information and workshops to give new entrepreneurs the tools to understand how to start – and expand – a business.

Stopford Associates:

Stopford Associates offer expert advice and support to help new businesses get started and succeed through their Flying Start scheme. This aims to give knowledge and tools to help overcome the difficulties that new businesses face and offers continued support through all stages of the business. A dedicated team who specifically manage start-up businesses and offer expert advice in a number of  key areas, such as providing a critical review of the business idea, assisting with the development of the business plan and preparing profit & loss and cash flow forecasts will be on hand over the event.

Ashfield & Mansfield District Councils:

The Ashfield & Mansfield Shared Regeneration Service provide a ‘one stop’ shop for advice and guidance for anyone looking to start a business. Help seeking suitable commercial premises and links to appropriate funding schemes including grants.  They also run the Entrepreneurs’ Forum, providing free, confidential and impartial support to potential new start businesses, and the Women Who Do programme, offering extra support to get women into enterprise, helping them get their businesses ideas off the ground.

Federation of Small Businesses (FSB):

The FSB is the UK’s leading business organisation. Formed in 1974, with around 200,000 members across 33 regions and circa 200 branches. They are non-profit making and non-party political. The FSB’s main objective is to promote and protect the interests of the self-employed and owners of small firms.

The Hive:

The Hive aims to help entrepreneurs develop business ideas into successful and profitable businesses.   Specifically they offer help to research and evaluate business ideas, assisting in the development of an action plan for success.


Nottingham Business Venture offer a range of services to anybody with entrepreneurial flair across the East Midlands, providing continued assistance to new start, young and established businesses.

The Entrepreneurial event will take place between the 27th and 29th of March at Mansfield Market Place from 10 am – 4 pm.  For more information on this event contact Matthew Wright on 01623 463173 or email wrightm@mansfield.gov.uk

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