Mansfield & Ashfield 2020 together we mean business

​BLG Making a Difference to Local People

The Business Liaison Group (BLG) was set up in June 2011 in order to raise and address issues, which affect businesses in the Mansfield and Ashfield area, initially leading the group to focus on three specific issues

  • Broadband connectivity
  • Education and skills
  • Positive PR for Mansfield

Both Mansfield 2020 board directors and members from Mansfield and Ashfield are involved including key players and peers.

The vision and aim of the group is to strive to improve conditions for business development and regeneration in our area in line with the M2020 mission statement.

Achievements

Since inception, Mansfield 2020 has played an integral part in the ongoing development of the Mansfield area, working with partners on a host of projects and initiatives that are seeing the area transformed, including:

  • Over 8,000 new jobs created since 1991
  • Over 300 new businesses started up
  • A passenger rail link (Robin Hood Line)
  • Upgrade of the Midland Main line
  • Involvement in a portfolio of government and EU support
  • Mansfield Christmas Lights Appeal
  • Schemes to improve road links to major national routes, including the Mansfield Ashfield Regeneration Route (MARR)
  • Projects as a major partner in the Mansfield Area Strategic Partnership.
  • Partnership with Mansfield Learning Partnership has supported 1800 young people in one academic year.
  • Supported 600 young people in the employability program with MLP

Mission

We work together to build pride in Mansfield and make a difference to local people. We believe in Mansfield and it our aim to generate interest within the business community in order to instil confidence and belief in the future of our town.

We influence decision makers at central and regional government to stimulate interest in Mansfield to attract enquires and make Mansfield he place to invest!

Current working projects are:

  • Improving infrastructure around Junction 27
  • Driving digital champions for best Broadband network in our town before the rest of the country.
  • Digital directory for Mansfield and surrounding area to encourage inward investment and promote inter trading
  • Strategically planned meetings with Members of parliament and Key decision makers to drive forward changes demanded by our business community.
  • Bridging the gap between local young people and the business community to raise the aspirations and nurture a future workforce.

Lobbying and Representation

We are the voice of the business community in Mansfield and surrounding area. We influence local authorises and other public bodies along with key decision-makers locally, regionally and even nationally.

We regularly meet with Mansfield MP Alan Meale to update business on the latest business priorities and highlight relevant activity to support it’s our members.

Share your Views or get involved

In order to make any improvement and help business growth we need your input. You can either attend a BLG meeting, email your issues or complete one of our regular business growth survey that guides us and outlays our priorities.

Business Liaison Group (BLG) Meeting 6th October 2015

The Business Liaison Group (BLG) was set up in June 2011 in order to raise and address issues, which affect businesses in the Mansfield and Ashfield area, initially leading the group to focus on three specific issues:

- Broadband connectivity - Education and skills - Positive PR for Mansfield

The vision and aim of the group is to strive to improve conditions for business development and regeneration in our area.

Don’t get trapped in the digital slow lane!

Don’t get trapped in the digital slow lane!

You didn’t get where you are today by sitting and waiting for things to happen did you?! Why do it when waiting for better broadband then? Mansfield is now 97% connected which means as a town we are ahead of the national targets. You have already heard how Mansfield 2020 along with their members lobbied for over 2 and half years for this to happen! The only thing left for M2020 to do is to encourage the business community to get connected!!

​Business Rates – Have your say now!

M2020 have been lobbying for a business rate freeze!!

It’s now time to influence government on how the business rates system is administered, with a view to reform after the next revaluation in 2017.

​Mansfield 2020 Lobbying for Freeze on Business Rates.

Mansfield 2020 sought the support of local MP Alan Meale to enable businesses to plan, budget and control their finances.

Businesses have seen rates increase over the last 3 years, way, above inflation and through a very difficult economic recession, falling property valuation and rental market.