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Local opportunities

Whenever there is an exciting opportunity for businesses in Ashfield, we will share by posting the information on this page. Please check back regularly for updates.

Would you like to inspire the next generation?

As part of Ashfield District Councils “Aspiring Careers Ashfield” programme  which is being delivered by Ideas4Careers we are looking for businesses that are willing to be involved in providing careers experience for those in Ashfield schools. There are lots of ways in which businesses can get involved, such as: hosting students for a visit, going into schools to give talks and workshops or providing students with work experience opportunities. If you would like to get involved with this programme, then please contact our business support team.

Need help recruiting staff

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) has a new JobShop, which is a free online jobs portal where businesses can promote part-time opportunities directly to university students. NTU is one of the largest universities in the UK, with more than 40,000 students, and there are many studying there who are actively searching for part-time roles through the JobShop website.

Looking for subcontracting opportunities – Ashfield area


Héroux-Devtek, based in Kirkby in Ashfield, is searching for suppliers that would be interested to enter into a partnership regarding the below subcontracting:

  1. Benching
  2. Circular grinding
  3. Machining
  4. Capacity for aeronautical assembly work for OE and MRO work streams

Héroux-Devtek produces parts for the aeronautic sector and these would most likely be landing gear components (aluminium or steel), however the supplier doesn’t need to be certified with AS9100. This is a great opportunity for local businesses and depending on the supplier’s capability and capacity, this could be an operations by operations or a full part of the process.

If you want to know more information:

Free e-learning packages

Ultimate Learning Resources is offering 30 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) based in Ashfield free access passes to its e-learning resources. This is a great tool for training employees while also helping staff feel valued, leading to higher retention levels. Remember that the best part about e-learning is that the learners don't have to be present in a specific location and can instead learn from anywhere and at any time.

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. Severn Trent will also monitor your current water usage and provide personalised water-saving advice, tailored to your business. The company 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 the carbon footprint of your business.

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 and a new doctor, or 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, where we have opportunities for local businesses to be sponsors. Please get in touch, as your business will seen by hundreds of potential customers and you'll also be supporting our local towns to bounce back from the 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 has opportunities for local companies across a broad range of industries. It 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 has businesses wanting 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: 14 March 2024