Looking back to the past and forward to the future

January 31, 2019 5:00 pm

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Do you ever get that feeling of déjà vu?  Just in case our subscribers missed the first one, we’re sending out a second newsletter this month.  This is a simply reflection of all the news and events that we want to promote to our readers.  Some of which relate to last year and some to this.  So we’re adopting the Janus approach.  Janus was a Roman god, often depicted as having two faces: one looking to the past and the other to the future.  Quite apt for January, you might say.

The past

Last year – so 2018

2018 was indeed a period of change.  Of course, you can always find all our published stories in our news archive.  Just to give you a flavour though, we’ve listed some of our more recent news stories here.

In October we launched the Developer Forum in order to improve communication around planning.  This, in turn, will improve our working relationship with developers and improve the pre-application and planning application processes.  It also forms part of our proactive approach to improve the delivery of schemes with planning permission, schemes that have yet to proceed and also encourage new schemes to come forward.  Find out more.

Towards the end of the year, we changed the way that our grants operate and updated all the guidance notes accordingly.  In short, applicants can now apply for up to £2,500 over a 12 month period to contribute towards eligible project costs.  We have grants to support new businesses, growing businesses and retail businesses.  Certain exclusions apply and our grants are available to businesses across both Ashfield and Mansfield.  Find out more.

So far, so good

Earlier this month, our newsletter contained two stories.  One was promoting an event which took place yesterday.  The other was about a couple of surveys currently looking for your input.  This was your chance to tell us what you think about recruitment, Mansfield town centre and the general business environment through online surveys.  While the recruitment survey closed today, the town centre survey is open until 15 February.  Meanwhile our business survey is open for comments at any time.

The future

Events focus

The Developer Forum next meets on 1 February, helping to shape the future development of the locality.  This time, the meeting will focus on viability.  We understand that the viability of schemes is one of the main reasons why sites stall or that sites do not come forward.  What’s more, there will be a guest speaker whose expertise is in this critical area:   David Newham of CP Viability Ltd.  David will explain and discuss the forthcoming changes to National Planning Policy and the implications this will have on delivery.  Next month, the regular Meet the Mayor sessions also recommence.  In fact, the first one is on Monday 4 February at 8:30am.  It’s your chance to directly engage with Mansfield’s directly elected Mayor and put your views forwards.

Furthermore, if you’re looking for funding to support one of your future projects, you might want to find out more about the Midlands Engine Investment Fund (MEIF).  So here’s your ideal opportunity: a FREE event at Mansfield i-centre on 7 February all about the MEIF.  This will not only provide further detail on the funding available but there will also be slots for individual discussions.  Of course, you need to pre-book these one-to-one appointments.  The MEIF provides debt and equity finance between £25k and £2m to growing businesses across the Midlands.  In fact, local manufacturer Proskins, in Mansfield Woodhouse were recently awarded £250k.  In addition, a couple of our team will also be there, so why not take the opportunity to talk to them about our grants too?

Finally, on 26 February, we are running an event about the implications of Brexit in partnership with East Midlands Chamber.  This will help businesses understand all the very latest implications. And we’ll also help you develop strategies for how you can best respond to Brexit.  This is part of our wider campaign to raise awareness and improve business readiness for Brexit.  More about this next month.

Business awards

Next month also sees the application deadline for the Mansfield & Ashfield 2020 business awards, on 8 February.  With 8 different categories to choose from, there’s something for everyone, members or not.  There’s also lots of support available and 2020 will work with you to complete your application.  The awards evening itself is on 10 May.  Always a sell-out, it’s a black-tie affair and a grand night out. Find out more about the awards categories, the application process and enter now.

Shape the future

There’s also an opportunity to make your comments on Ashfield District Council’s Draft Sutton Town Centre Spatial Masterplan before 5pm on Friday 22nd February.  Copies of the masterplan are available either online or in person. What’s more, you can submit your comments online or in writing.  Really, whatever suits you best.

Bringing it all back together

As from February, we’ll be back to just the one electronic newsletter every month.  If you haven’t yet found the time to subscribe, it’s really quick and easy to sign up.  So why not take the plunge and subscribe today?

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