Entrepreneurs get on board

Mansfield Entrepreneur weekend
Mansfield Entrepreneur weekend

Scores of budding businessmen and women in Mansfield have been finding out about how they can become their own boss.

Over 150 people called in to find out more about setting up their own business at a special entrepreneur event held in the town centre.

Mansfield 2020, the award-winning business group, worked in partnership with Natwest Bank to host the sessions over three days.

The event was supported by a key support network that included Stopford Associates, Mansfield and Ashfield District Council, Vision Entrepreneur, NBV, FSB, Princes Trust and The Hive.

Event partner Ken Lawson director of business bank for Natwest launched the event at the Mansfield 2020 breakfast meeting on Thursday where he delivered an inspirational presentation to the local business community by sharing a success story that made the group recognise the importance of partnerships working together and the powerful effect of what one business idea can have on our local economy.

Ken said: “Natwest are keen to support businesses and the local economy. We recognise the need to guide people to the right resources. This event played a critical role in encouraging and guiding the next generation of entrepreneurs from idea to success..”

Operations Manager for Mansfield 2020 Caroline Cox added: “‘Recently , David Cameron was quoted stating entrepreneurs are the ‘only strategy’ left for growth.

“2020 has always been here to help drive the local economy forward. We recognise and understand small business and enterprise plays a key role which is why it is important to work in partnership with local organisations that can provide free support.

“This event really was a hub for any entrepreneur to get started. Again demonstrating that partnerships working together with one objective ‘growth’ can make anything possible.”

The organisations that supported the event saw over 50 people per day – each person needing guidance on various aspects to help them get started.

The supporters of the event have a proven track record for helping entrepreneurs establish themselves and just as important - continuously nurture, guide and help them grow their business locally.