Dragon’s Den in Sutton

SUTTON folk who want to take their first steps in the world of business can take part in a Dragon’s Den-style competition backed by four high-profile business leaders working in the Mansfield and Ashfield area.

Ashfield Fair Share Trust, which distributes Big Lottery funding in the New Cross, Carsic and Leamington areas of Sutton, has organised the contest to support the next generation of business talent in the town.

Budding entrepreneurs could receive expert mentoring from ‘dragons’ Richard Phillips, whose firm Ashdown Phillips and Partners is property manager for the Idlewells Centre, Nick Linney, of Linney Group, Robert Atkinson, managing director of Caterway in Huthwaite and Nick Dutton, managing director at Huthwaite firm Door Stop International.

The dragons will choose the winning business ideas and share their experience on running a successful enterprise at the finalists’ panel.

Successful candidates can also receive a grant of up to £3,000 towards set-up costs.

Fair Share is part of Nottinghamshire Community Foundation and supports health, education and environment projects.

l For more details or to get involved, contact Sarah Thorpe on Mansfield 620202 or email sarah@nottscf.org.uk.

All applicants must be over 18, have a realistic plan and submissions must be received by 30th September.