BUDDING entrepreneurs from Sutton got the chance to pick up advice from experts as part of a Dragon’s Den-style competition.
They met a series of business mentors at St Joseph’s Social Club on Thursday where they presented their plans.
The competition - organised by Ashfield Fair Share Trust - aims to increase Lottery funding in the Carsic, New Cross and Leamington areas of Sutton and also give start-up businesses a boost with a £3,000 grant.
Entrepreneurs will then pitch their plans to successful business leaders from Mansfield and Ashfield next month.
Diane Stubbs, who runs nail and beauty business Tips to Toes, wants to set up her own salon in Sutton with an emphasis on creating a relaxing experience for busy mums.
She decided to re-train as a beauty therapist after taking a career break to raise her family - and now hopes she can boost the confidence of folk who have been in a similar situation.
She said: “It is really difficult when you have been at home. It gets hard to get back out there and know what to do with yourself.”
Bob Lee, who runs Can’t Paint, Won’t Paint painting classes on a voluntary basis, wanted advice on taking his next step into the commercial world.