It was reported earlier in the year that the Mansfield 2020 business membership group is growing faster in 2014 than ever before due a number of factors put in place and the extension of benefits now on offer for members.
You may be aware that the Government has committed to reducing the “red tape” faced by businesses, when dealing with regulatory services. To this end, it set up the Better Regulation Delivery Office (BRDO) as part of the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS) and charged it with working with the numerous regulatory bodies, across the Country, to make this happen.
At Mansfield 2020’s recent monthly after hours event hosted by FSB Mansfield the group heard from Maria Lyle from BIS. Maria provided the group with a complete breakdown of the funding opportunities available to local businesses.
We have been working hard over the last 12 months to improve the benefits we offer to our members and form stronger partnerships with key influential bodies in North Nottinghamshire and beyond.
Yet we have not dismissed our core offering that makes Mansfield 2020 stand out from all other business clubs not to mention our recent accolade for Business Club of the Year! Our breakfast meetings are still scheduled for the last Thursday of every month and still attract over 100 attendees from various industries of all sizes with the objective to do business locally and improve our business community.
The Technology Strategy Board has announced that it is to invest up to £8million in a competition to encourage new ways of attracting people back to UK high streets. The competitions are open to all organisations that can demonstrate a route to market for their solution. Successful organisations will attract a 100% funded development contract of up to £10,000 in phase 1, and up to £1.2 million in phase 2. It is expected that phase 1 projects will last six months and phase 2 projects to last 24 months.
Commenting on today’s Government announcement that Derby-based Bombardier has won the £1billion Crossrail contract, D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership Chief Executive David Ralph said: “The awarding of the Crossrail contract to Bombardier in Derby should recognise the joint efforts of the business community and civic leaders in its campaign to support rail manufacturing in the city.