The UK is celebrating its first Small Business Saturday and to mark the event Mansfield District Council is encouraging entrepreneurs to take advantage of the range of support services it has on offer.
Introduced in the UK by Shadow Business Secretary, Chuka Umunna, and supported by the Prime Minister, Small Business Saturday is a national grassroots campaign to encourage people to shop locally as well as support small businesses in their communities on the day and beyond.
Mansfield District Council offers a variety of services which support the growth of small businesses operating across the area.
The Ashfield and Mansfield Shared Regeneration Team (working on behalf of both Mansfield and Ashfield District Councils) offer a number of schemes including business forums and events, graduate and undergraduate placement schemes, business grants, property searches and an AMbassador’s programme.
More information is available at invest.ashfield-mansfield.com
The Council’s Property Services Team also manages a portfolio of business premises suitable for all business needs including industrial, retail and office.
Lease terms are flexible and the team will assist with matching the needs of the business to the suitable property, as well as assisting with day-to-day management of the units.
There are a number of cash incentives available to tenants taking on leases for Council owned business property including the Tenant Referral Scheme (£250), Business Place Cash Back Scheme (£500) and Property Cash Back Scheme (£1,000).
For more information about business properties and incentives call the Property Services Team on 01623 463 728 or email CommerialPropertyEnquiry@mansfield.gov.uk
People looking to test out their business can sell their goods on Mansfield Market, with new traders receiving a free rental period and multiple stall discounts for existing traders. For details call the Town Centre Management team on 01623 463 733.
Executive Mayor Tony Egginton said: “Small businesses are vital to the success of the District as they create jobs, power the economy and invigorate communities. “We have some great business minds within our community and this national event aims to encourage people to support their local small businesses both on this day and throughout the year.
“What better time to highlight our small local businesses than on the run up to Christmas – so rather than going global on your shopping sprees – go local!
“We offer a multitude of services to assist business and I would encourage them to get in touch and find out about the many ways we can help.”