Step into the Dragons' Den

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Bassetlaw businesses and entrepreneurs will have the chance to pitch for a £5,000 prize as part of a Dragons’ Den style event to be hosted by Bassetlaw District Council.

The event is intended to give businesses or individuals a cash boost with a new and initiative idea or product that they may need help to launch and, should their pitch really impress our Dragons, there may also be the chance of additional investment.

The Council is now inviting applications from all types of businesses or entrepreneurs who are based in Bassetlaw and have less than 50 employees. From these applications three companies will be selected to go in front of our Dragons and a live audience on 15th March 2017.

Cllr Jo White, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for someone who is just starting out in the world of business or for a company that has hit on the next big idea and need a cash boost.

“We’d like to see applications from all sectors of business and I am particularly looking forward to seeing which three business will be going head to head in front of our Dragons.”

The successful companies who make it through to the final stage will be required to pitch their idea, make a creative presentation and field questions from the Dragons, who are successful business leaders from across Bassetlaw.

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They are:

Nicola Marshall – Founder and owner of luxury campervan hire company, Jellybean Campervans.

Ade Okubanjo – Owner of tax and accountancy company, ManKing Associates Accountants

Steve Bennett – Founder and Director of traffic management, labour and equipment supplier, Traffic Labour Supplies Ltd.

Jo White – Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Regeneration at Bassetlaw District Council.

Applications should be submitted by 5pm on Friday 24th February 2017, with the event due to take place on Wednesday 15th March at Worksop Town Hall.

For further information and application form and criteria please contact the Council’s Economic Development team on 01909 533223 or email:

Published: Tuesday 17 January 2017