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Local opportunities to support businesses

When we are informed about an opportunity for businesses in Ashfield, we will let you know by posting the information on this page - check regularly for updates.

High Pavement House Rent Relief Grant

This grant scheme is part of Ashfield’s allocation of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund (UKSPF) and is available to SME’s who are new to Sutton in Ashfield and wish to lease a unit in High Pavement House.

  • We have 14 units available ranging from 11 square metres up to 42 square metres and so grants will vary from £250 to £960 depending on the unit taken
  • These grants will be applied directly by Ashfield Commercial Property team to off-set the first 3 months’ rent. This does not include any service charges for building running costs
  • It is hoped that this grant will help businesses to manage their cash flow when relocating, relieving stress during this unprecedented period, making it easier to meet immediate financial commitments such as paying staff and suppliers and meeting running costs.

If you are interested, then we recommend that you speak with our commercial property team to arrange a viewing. Then, if you wish to apply for a unit, please contact our business support team to arrange an online appointment and if you are eligible then we will provide you with a web-link to complete the grant application form.

Enterprise Nation Fund

Enterprise Nation are giving 3 entrepreneurs the opportunity to win a £5000 grant, a year of mentoring with an expert entrepreneur and a bundle of business support prizes to take their business to new heights.

The new GREAT and Coronation emblem and toolkit

Visit Britain have created a special toolkit and coronation emblem to help UK businesses operating within the British visitor economy to showcase their offerings to both domestic and international visitors. Learn more about the tool kit and download it for free from the Visit Britain website;

Severn Trent Water Audit

Businesses can sign up for a free water audit, to help detect and resolve issues that could be costing you money. Seven Trent will also monitor your current water usage and provide personalised water saving advice, tailored to your business. They can fit water saving devices, replace any old fixtures and fittings, and identify opportunities to fix leaks, all for free. Less water wasted and less energy used will also reduce your business' carbon footprint.

The Armed Forces Covenant

Did you know that we are proud Gold members of the Armed Forces Covenant?

The Covenant is simply a pledge by the nation to ensure that Armed Forces personnel are not disadvantaged by their service - they sacrifice some civilian freedoms, and face danger on our behalf. The nature of service life means they may also relocate frequently, and this can impact Armed Forces families in many ways. They may have to find new schools, a new doctor; their partner may need to find a new job. By signing the Armed Forces Covenant, your business can acknowledge that those who serve or have served, and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect in the communities, economy and society they serve.

If you would like to make your pledge and support Armed Forces then contact East Midlands Reserve Forces and Cadets Association.

Ashfield District Council Events Team

If you are looking for new ways to promote your business across the district, then our events team may be able to help. We regularly plan community events which attract hundreds of local people, and we usually have opportunities for local businesses to be sponsors. Please get in touch; your business will seen by hundreds of potential customers and you'll also be supporting our local towns to bounce back from that last 2 years of difficulties coping with COVID-19 and the cost of living crisis.

Mentor City, USA

The US is the UK’s largest export market for goods and services, and accounts for 20.4% of all exports from the UK, which is worth £140.9 billion. Mentor City in Ohio have opportunities for local companies across a broad range of industries. They can help UK businesses ‘do business’ in the US, by connecting them with the right people such as lawyers, distributors, partners, manufacturers and identify investment opportunities and commercial sites, should you wish to expand your operations and establish a base over there.

If you’re serious about wanting to access new markets in the US, then the city of Mentor could be an excellent first step. Similarly, Mentor City have businesses looking to establish trade links over here, so this offers an excellent opportunity for Ashfield businesses to explore mutually beneficial relationships and trade with the US.

Page last updated: 27 September 2023