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Superstar treatment for new business premises

Posted onPosted on 17th Jul

What started as a fundraising idea following a tragic death has turned into a business that is bringing celebrity names to Mansfield and helping charities at the same time.

Laura Hemmings, with support from her husband, Jamie, runs Superstar Speakers, which has moved from their home address in Mansfield to premises in Stockwell Gate, Mansfield.

The pair have brought names such as Sir Geoff Hurst, Paul Gascoigne, Frank Bruno, Alan Shearer, Ricky Hatton and Roberto Duran to Mansfield.

Their new premises, within the FA Henshaw business, will be a showcase for the memorabilia and photos that have been collected from the star visits.

Laura, also a busy mum of three young boys, said: “We wanted to get a good shop front in the town centre for the business and this gives us exactly that.

“We are also working with Mansfield Town Football Club to bring huge names to Mansfield and have taken a pitchside sponsorship deal on with the club.

“We put on a lot of events locally, always working in partnership with local venues, such as at the Civic Quarter, and suppliers as much as we can.”

“We want to help charities to put on their events too. Using our experience, skills and contacts, we have developed a special package where we can help them to fulfil their ambitions with their events.”

The origins of Superstar Speakers lie in the murder of Jonathan Turner, (27), from Forest Town, who was attacked near the Vibe Club, Mansfield, in 2011.

Jonathan was a close friend of Jamie and Laura, but never made it to their wedding as the tragic incident occurred a few weeks before their special day.

Laura and Jamie decided to hold a fundraising event for Jonathan’s family and discovered their skills in organising events and their love of helping people. Since then the pair, along with their partners at HS Presents, have raised around £32,000 for charity.

They formed HS Presents with close friends, but when that ceased due to family and other business commitments, Laura and Jamie then set up Superstar Speakers.

Sarah Nelson, from Mansfield Business Improvement District, said: “This is a totally unique business in Mansfield, which is bringing big names to the town.”

Karon Henshaw, of FA Henshaw, said: “The idea of showing memorabilia off is fantastic, and how better than to display it on the walls of a furniture shop so people can envisage what it might be like in their own homes.

“We have a good track record of helping entrepreneurial people and so we hope we can help Laura and Jamie too.”

The next big event in Mansfield for Superstar Speakers is An Evening With Alan Shearer at Mansfield Town FC on 14th September. For tickets and more information, visit