Mansfield dragons help breathe life into new businesses

Dragons Den Style event held at Linney Group Mansfield where nine shortlisted entrepreneurs pitched their ideas to a distinguished panel. NMAC 6-11-14 Dragons, The Dragons team, who interviewed aplicants'Front L/R  John Radford (Mansfield Town FC), Mick Linney (Linneys),'Sarah Knight(Business going Forward), 'Back L/R, Judy Naake (Founder of St Tropez), Chris Lightbody (Longbow Venture Capital), Graham Cartledge (High Sherriff of Nottinghamshire),'Nina Dauben (Notts Community Foundation), Peter Gadsby (Ark Capital),'Irvin Robinson(Mansfield Business Company), Rob Atkinson (Uni 2/Caterway).
Dragons Den Style event held at Linney Group Mansfield where nine shortlisted entrepreneurs pitched their ideas to a distinguished panel. NMAC 6-11-14 Dragons, The Dragons team, who interviewed aplicants'Front L/R John Radford (Mansfield Town FC), Mick Linney (Linneys),'Sarah Knight(Business going Forward), 'Back L/R, Judy Naake (Founder of St Tropez), Chris Lightbody (Longbow Venture Capital), Graham Cartledge (High Sherriff of Nottinghamshire),'Nina Dauben (Notts Community Foundation), Peter Gadsby (Ark Capital),'Irvin Robinson(Mansfield Business Company), Rob Atkinson (Uni 2/Caterway).
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Budding business types underwent a Dragons’ Den-style grilling in Mansfield to win themselves a small grant courtesy of the Nottinghamshire Community Foundation.

A panel of judges, included Mansfield Town owner John Radford, listened to the pitches at the Linney Group in Mansfield and gave advice to the entrepreneurs.

Nina Dauban, chief executive of Nottinghamshire Community Foundation, said: “This is our 6th Dragons Den and we are very pleased to see so many successful local Dragons come together in support of new business growth for Nottinghamshire.”

Among those who made a pitch was David Hikin, who runs his Fruits of Sherwood charcoal business, and Matthew Ilsley, who has plans to create a huge mosaic of Robin Hood in Sherwood Forest.