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Enterprising Ashfield

Enterprising Ashfield is a comprehensive programme delivered by NTU in partnership with Ashfield District Council to support businesses, entrepreneurs, and local people in Kirkby-in-Ashfield and Sutton-in-Ashfield.

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Starting a new business

HeadStart programme

Whether you want to be your own boss, get that side-hustle off the ground, start generating some passive income, or just get a better work-life balance, we can help.

If you live, work, or intend to start a new business in Kirkby-in-Ashfield or Sutton-in-Ashfield, you can receive free 1-2-1 advice and coaching, free workshops, and training on how to set up your own business.

You can also receive a £1,000 grant to help you get started after completing the programme.

Courses and professional development

Our courses are fully funded for local people in Kirkby and Sutton-in-Ashfield. Whether you're unemployed, working for a local business or seeking a new challenge, our courses can benefit you at any stage of your career.

By investing in your professional development you can improve your CV and develop skills that can also be applied in the workplace.

Get in touch

To enquire about accessing support or for further information, please contact


This project is funded by the Government's Towns Fund and will specifically benefit businesses and individuals based in the towns of Kirkby-in-Ashfield and Sutton-in-Ashfield.

All support provided will be subject to a check to confirm geographic eligibility.

What past participants are saying

For information about the data we collect on this project, how we manage it, and your rights to access any information we hold about you, please read our privacy notice.