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SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY EVENT AT Mansfield i-Centre, Tuesday 29th November 2pm-4pm.


The Small Business Saturday campaign supports and promotes small businesses on the first Saturday in December each year.

To support this campaign we are running a networking event on Tuesday 29th November, 2pm-4pm.

Everyone is welcome to come along, showcase their business and support other local companies.


What better way to promote local business than with tea, coffee and cake?

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Invest Ashfield & Mansfield hosts first Business Expo and Meet the Buyer event



Invest Ashfield & Mansfield is pleased to announce that, in partnership with the East Midlands Chamber, we will be holding our first Business Expo & Meet the Buyer event.  Conveniently located in the Civic Quarter at Mansfield District Council, the event will run on the morning of Wednesday 23 November.  Please note that this venue benefits from ample FREE parking for our business visitors.  Indeed as this is the final Chamber Business Expo of the year, it is not only likely to attract a number of local businesses, but it may also appeal to those from further afield.  So your business will benefit from even more contacts.

There are a number of aspects to this event, running from 9:30am-1:30pm:

  • Exhibition – An exhibitor space showcasing local companies’ fantastic products and services.
  • Meet the Buyer – An opportunity to gain one-to-one appointments from large business consumers.
  • Seminar programme – Three seminars on interesting business topics running throughout the event.


Whilst this drop-in event runs from 9:30am to 1:30pm (and is completely free to attend as a delegate) you don’t need to attend for the whole thing – you are free to drop in for as long as you like.

Interested in exhibiting?  Stand space is available at discounted rates for both Chamber members and Ashfield & Mansfield companies who mention this offer (IAM):

  • 2m X 2m stand space – £110 + VAT (non-discounted rate £200)
  • 3m X 2m stand space – £150 + VAT (non-discounted rate £250)

To book a stand, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for a booking form.

Meet the Buyer

One-to-one appointments are also available on the day with a variety of buyers.  As we get closer to the event, more details will follow.  See the Chamber’s dedicated webpage for more information.  Appointment slots will open 2 weeks prior to the event for which registered delegates will secure priority booking.


Nearer to the date, topics for the seminars will be published.  However, should you have any interesting ideas for subjects or speakers, please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">contact us.

In Summary

A totally free event, with a light buffet provided, this is a valuable half-day out of the office.  Local companies will meet new people, make new business contacts, learn new things and maximise business opportunities.  Free opportunities, free learning and a free lunch – this is an event not to be missed.

Contact the Chamber’s events team on 01332 851280 for more information or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Grants - How to Identify and Win Funding for Your Business

Do you feel that it’s always someone else that secures grant funding? Do you know where to find grants? And are you deterred by the application process? This event, hosted by D2N2 Growth Hub in partnership with Oxford Innovation and delivered by our very own Business Growth Director David Smith, will help you identify the correct funding for your business and help you to submit a competitive proposal. Key issues we will cover include:• Who are “the funders” and what are they looking for?

• Capital and Revenue funding
• State Aid – what does it mean?
• Application process – top tips (and common mistakes)
• Financial projections – what are the funders looking for?
• Examples of some of the funds available today

For more details and to book your place please visit the link below:



The Macmillan Coffee Morning was a fantastic success. We had Biddys at Home Butler Service here to help us with the cake sale. They offer an 'at home' service, bringing Biddys to you!

The raffle was also a huge success, with over 25 winners!

We raised a grand total of £436.33, which is a fabulous amount, all going to Macmillan Cancer.

We would like to say a MASSIVE thankyou to everyone who took part!

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On Monday 26th September we had Lindsey Newman-Wood from Passion Marketing here to deliver a Facebook workshop.

With over 1.1 billion users, businesses can't afford to ignore Facebook. The half-day workshop was to help delegates to take their Facebook marketing to the next level, this covered everything you may need to get better results faster.

The workshop covered:

  • The importance of a well thought out social media strategy and plan.
  • Examples of great social media marketing and how it would fit with your business.
  • Benefits of Facebook groups, events and business pages.
  • What to post, attracting fans and encouraging engagement.
  • Best practice and measuring your success on Facebook.


The feedback from the event has been extremely positive, as was the demand. So much so that we are now running the event at The Newark Beacon on 4th October and at The Worksop Turbine on 10th October. To book please call 01623 600600.


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