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Local Business Leaders Nurture Our Future Entrepreneurs

27th June 2017
News, Mansfield, Ashfield

Local business leaders are yet again making the annual Mansfield and Ashfield Junior Enterprise Event happen.

Founded in January 2012 by a group of local employers and partners who felt passionate about developing the entrepreneurs of the future.

The event is organised by local Business group Mansfield and Ashfield 2020 and The Evolve Trust whilst also working alongside Malcolm Hall MBE to fulfil his vision to give every young person the opportunity to aspire. 

The event targets year 9 students and develops enterprise skills by offering opportunities to learn and develop the entrepreneurial characteristics of tenacity, independence, innovation, imagination, risk taking, creativity, intuition and leadership.

Each team is mentored by a local business leader to provide an understanding of how to set up a small business enterprise and actually get the opportunity to make their product and sell it on Mansfield market on the 28th June. Berni Dickinson, The Evolve Trust and part of the event team, ‘If you are in town on that day please show your support and take a look for yourself at the great businesses that our young people have developed’. Year on year the event goes from strength to strength and has attracted nine local schools to compete this year.  

Each team is judged by members of the business community to compete for a prestigious title that will be given to the winners at the Junior Enterprise Awards evening on 5th July at Ransom Hall Elements Suit, Ransom Woods Business Park, Mansfield. The judging panel includes: Jane Box, Interactive People Development, Irvin Robinson Retired 2020 Chairman, Sarah Nelson Chief Executive of Mansfield BID, Stephi Grayson, I Jump Trampoline Park, Emily Revill, Calverton Finance Limited.

The Awards evening showcases the 70 young people that have taken part in the competition with the potential to walk away with one of the seven award categories that includes ‘The Best Team’ and the ‘Overall Winner’.

This event helps to bridge the gap between young people and the business community. The sponsorship from the business community that makes this event happen includes Hall-Fast Industrial Supplies, Pendragon Training Academy, Linney Group, Ashfield and Mansfield District Council, B Jephson Ltd and Jephson Shopfitters.

Caroline Cox, Mansfield and Ashfield 2020 commented ‘year on year we are giving young people a sustainable event that provides valuable work ready skills that is needed to succeed outside their academic duties. We truly thank our business sponsors for their sponsorship and continued loyalty to the event that allows us to make it happen.’

Each year the awards evening provides the opportunity to celebrate and nurture our future workforce and to inspire them with a local success story to demonstrate with drive and determination they can become a success! Previous motivational speakers include local business leader Malcolm Hall MBE founder Hall Fast Industrial Supplies and Rob Wilmot founder of Freeserve and bcsAgency.

This year the event has secured Alex Peace Gadsby ex Brunts school pupil who has gone on to excel to say the very least. With a degree, masters and postgraduate diploma it’s clear to identify Alex as an achiever. She is currently owner and a director of Musto. She is a prolific volunteer who rolls up her sleeves and gets ‘hands on’. Now the Chief Commissioner of England for The Scout Association with the responsibility for half a million people. Community is a huge priority for Alex and she sees the great opportunities out there she’s passionate about guiding and inspiring young people.


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