Entering the Dragon’s Den in Sutton

BUDDING entrepreneurs can to take part in a Dragon’s Den-style competition to help them get their business off the ground in Sutton.

The Ashfield Fair Share Trust wants to help people aged 18 and over start their own businesses with a small grant.

Organisers say the offer is open to people with a realistic three-year business plan who live in the Carsic, Leamington and New Cross areas of Sutton or folk who are planning to set up a business there.

Sarah Thorpe, from Ashfield Fair Share Trust, said the scheme had received the backing of firms in the area.

She said: “We’re really excited about it. It’s something they are really passionate about and it is supported by the Rotary Club.”

There is also an opportunity to pick up free advice from a business mentor to create an effective plan.

Added Sarah: “We have got a lot of Sutton businesses doing the mentoring and that has been organised by Sutton Rotary Club.

“People can get mentoring as soon as they apply.”

Once all the applications are in, a mentoring panel made up of business representatives from the town will shortlist the applicants and choose 10 to go through to the final.

The three candidates who impress a panel of high profile business leaders at the grand final on 11th November will receive a £3,000 cash grant.

All applications must be submitted by 30th September.

Ashfield Fair Share Trust distributes Big Lottery funding in Carsic, Leamington and New Cross the areas.

For more information or to obtain an application form email sarah@nottscf.org.uk, call Mansfield 620202 or visit www.nottscf.org.uk. To speak to a business mentor, email john@johnpearce.org.uk or sarah@nottscf.org.uk.