Mansfield 2020’s April Breakfast Meeting Sponsored by New Leaf

April 25, 2014 10:40 am

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The Mansfield 2020 business community is growing faster than ever, with a record number of new members joining the membership group in the first quarter.

Operations Manager, Caroline Cox, commented on the membership growth: “We are not doing anything differently from what we’ve been doing since 1991, other then giving our voice a digital platform and shouting even more loudly about the positive aspects of our business community and all that we are all doing!  We are now welcoming organisations of all sectors – from construction to retail.”

Chairman, Irvin Robinson, added: “We are delighted to be the hub that brings everything together and the energy in our breakfast meetings is truly inspiring. The future is positive.”

The April meeting started by acknowledging the award winners present from the Mansfield 2020 Business Awards 2014, with a special thank you to Phil Lyons for his outstanding Contribution to Mansfield. You can also experience the evening with full commentary on the Mansfield 2020 Pinterest Page.  There were more award winners within the room from the annual MLP and M2020 short story competition, with the group congratulating the students, and their families, who that took part in the competition. The stories will be published and available to purchase within the next month. Please click here to view a short film from the awards evening.

The meeting was sponsored by Newleaf – our local Stop Smoking Service. The Cluster Lead for the project, Helen Shrives, delivered a thought-provoking presentation that informed the group that whilst the percentage of Nottinghamshire residents who smoke is below the national average, Mansfield is actually 7% above the national average and that this impacts starkly on life expectancy.  Smoking costs employers £2.1bn each year and £43.1 million in lost productivity (up to £7,000 per employee) in Nottinghamshire. In general smokers are more susceptible to illnesses and tend to also take longer to recover in addition to the impact of regular smoking breaks – those 5 minutes here and there really add up!

Helen and her team can help your employees make that behaviour change and encourage them to make informed decisions on their health choices. New Leaf will come along and do workplace health promotions, health talks/workshops and they will work around the demands of your organisation. Best of all, this service is completely free.  You as an employer will gain on many different levels – a less stressed, more productive and healthier workforce.   For more information contact New Leaf on 0800 389 7712 or visit their website (link now closed).

Brian Stopford, of Stopford Associates, delivered this month’s technical briefing to ensure everyone was up-to-speed with the important changes and the impact of this year’s budget on your organisation. View Stopford’s useful guide here.

The group also heard from Richard Dearden of NBV who provided an overview of his organisation and detailed the support they  provide for businesses from start-up to growth. NBV plays an active role within the Ashfield & Mansfield area – in fact they are currently working with Ashfield District Council on their Vacant Shops and Market Stalls Grant and are also signed up to the Invest Ashfield & Mansfield AMbassadors’ programme. Since 2007 they have assisted over 750 businesses to start- up and grow in Ashfield & Mansfield.  View a copy of NBV’s presentation.

The next Mansfield 2020 meeting is on 29th May.  For more information on the benefits of networking, view our Business Networking page (link now closed) and view more on Mansfield 2020 and the other business networking organisations active in our area here (link now closed).

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