Mansfield & Ashfield 2020 together we mean business

About Mansfield and Ashfield

Working here

Almost a quarter of a million people live in Ashfield and Mansfield, the 5th largest urban area in the East Midlands, which is why the area is already recognised by many as a small city. Mansfield itself is the largest town in Nottinghamshire, forming the main retail and service hub for the entire North Midlands. Not only does this mean that businesses here enjoy a valuable immediate customers, but its central location also means that the majority of the country can be accessed within a 3 hour drive.

Since inception, Mansfield and Ashfield 2020 has played an integral part in the ongoing development of the Mansfield and surrounding area, working with partners on a host of projects and initiatives that are seeing the Areas travel and transportation systems transform, including:

- A passenger rail link (Robin Hood Line) and Upgrade of the Midland Main line

· The Mansfield Ashfield Regeneration Route (MARR) has improved east-west communications within the district and with the A1 and M1 beyond.

Mansfield Key Statistics

Population 223,600
Number of VAT registered businesses 4,645· Workforce aged 16 – 64 143,800
Average weekly wages £392
Average industrial rentals £3 – £7
Average office rentals £6 – £13
Post codes with superfast broadband 73.2%
Average house price £118,700

If you are thinking about investing in Mansfield the Property Team at Invest in Mansfield will support companies making or considering investment decisions from property advice and assistance, help create that perfect bespoke building and on-going account management incorporating a wide package of business support measures.

For further details about the Invest in Mansfield team click here: Invest in Mansfield

Living in Mansfield and Ashfield

Mansfield and Ashfield is located right on the edge of the beautiful countryside, perfect for relaxing walks and easy access to woodland areas of Sherwood Forest. Spend a few hours exploring Thieves Wood and Fountaindale, both located a few miles to the south of the town centre with close links to the Robin Hood legend.

If you’re looking for things to do with your family in Mansfield, then there is a lot to do. Water Meadows Swimming Centre isn’t just any old swimming pool, it has exciting attractions including a wave machine, 50m twister flume, rapids ride, fast drop flume and water cannons, perfect for the kids, and adults who are still kids at heart.

On a rainy day why not visit Making It! Discovery Centre where your children will be able to show off their creative skills. They will get a chance to design and make a product as well as experience the interactive galleries. The centre offers a fun, entertaining, engaging and educational day out for all the family.

On the outskirts of Mansfield as you venture closer to Sherwood Forest, you’ll find Wheelgate Adventure Park, a theme park with lots of rides and activities for children aged 5-12. Take a ride on the Mini Mine coaster or squirt each other on the bumper boats. Close by is the White Post Farm Centre, giving you the opportunity to get up close to some beautiful animals, including goats, deer, pigs, meerkats and even wallabies.


​Shopping

Mansfield is the largest market town in Nottinghamshire and has the biggest array of town centre shopping in the north of the county. A central market square is the focal point in Mansfield town centre and shoppers will find active stalls on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, whilst a specialist farmers’ market takes place on the third Tuesday of every month.

At the back end of the square is Mansfield Town Hall and the recent addition of a water feature creates a relaxed atmosphere in the summer. The market square offers a focal point for occasional events in the town, particularly during the Summer in the Streets Festival in August. Across the front of the market square is Westgate and along here are many high street favourites including Marks and Spencer, BHS, WHSmith and more.

You’ll also find the main entrance to the Four Seasons Shopping Centre on Westgate which has yet more brands available inside. At the back end of the market square is the viaduct that runs over Mansfield town centre. Running alongside the market square from here is Church Street which is home to some well renowned boutique shops, including EQVYS which stocks many designer goods.

When it’s time to take a break, you’ll find plenty of options for snacks on Regent Street with Lucy’s café also worth a visit at the top of the market square. The recent addition of a Costa on Westgate is a popular choice for many shoppers too. On the outskirts of the town centre to the south is St Peter’s Retail Park which is home to Next, Boots, TK Maxx and Laura Ashley among others.

On the northern outskirts is the Handley Arcade on Leeming Street which is home to more boutique shops including the long established Sally Twinkle. Mansfield retains some very traditional elements to its town centre and the range of high street stores and boutiques close to the market square makes shopping easy.

Mansfield town centre is a town that is a business improvement district in area. The Business Improvement District (BID’s) concept was developed in Canada and brought over to the UK around 10 years ago. Find out about the benefits this means for Mansfield: