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Sparkling idea for jobs

Posted onPosted on 21st Feb
Sparkling idea for jobs

A BUSINESS SUPPORT initiative that aims to create new jobs and support business growth is in its second year — and is again running a competition for would-be entrepreneurs.
Spark Notts offers business people free online business support, networking opportunities, expert training days and business coaching throughout the year.
The initiative is run by Oxford Innovation, which operates Mansfield’s i-Centre on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council, with the aim of generating jobs, encouraging entrepreneurism and boosting the local economy.
Its website — — gives advice on starting a business through videos, downloadable fact sheets, financial tools and interviews with business leaders.
In March, it is launching its Spark business idea competition with prizes worth £25,000. The winner will be announced in June.
Mr Alex Weston, of Mansfield’s Matilsa Platforms, who won the competition last year, said: “Spark Notts offered me and my business concept an invaluable experience. I received first-hand support from professional people, from accounts to marketing.
“I had so many resources to work with and learn from. It was 100% worth being part of. I would not think twice working with Spark if you want to pursue your own business idea.”
Rachel Panther, of Oxford Innovation, said: “Spark is for anyone with a business idea that requires support and resources to get it off the ground.
“Deciding to start a business is a big decision, so Spark also aims to provide a platform from which to test the commercial viability before taking the plunge.
“The competition will be a fitting finale and enable us to identify the district’s most exciting and potential entrepreneurs to target extra support and resources to facilitate their success. We encourage anyone looking for this type of support to engage with Spark right now so we can offer the maximum value to plans.”
Coun Roy Allan, chairman of economic development at the council, said: “The return of Spark Nottinghamshire will be a great asset to the local business community and economy.
“The council is dedicated to providing opportunities for our businesses to grow and for jobs to be created. Spark will enable local people to turn raw potential into a refined, successful business.”