I’m in! Community groups in ‘Dragons’ Den’-style show

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COMMUNITY groups in Bulwell are set to go head to head in a ‘Dragons’ Den’-style showdown to earn grants to improve the town.

The event has been launched by Bulwell’s six Labour members of Nottingham City Council.

Each councillor has access to a ward member’s budget of £8,000 a year that can be dished out to local projects and groups.

Now individuals or organisations across Bulwell have been invited to apply for a grant of up to £500.

The best six bids will then be shortlisted and will have to present their ideas to a panel of judges, or ‘Dragons’, at a special event on Wednesday March 7.

The evening will adopt a similar format to the smash-hit BBC TV show, ‘Dragons’ Den’, where businesses ask for cash handouts from millionaires.

But at the Bulwell event, members of the shortlisted groups and the audience will join the judges in voting to decide which organisations receive the grants.

The competition is open to any groups — from those that need cash to launch projects to those who need money to pay rent or buy equipment.

Coun John Hartshorne (Lab), of Bulwell, said that if the response was good, the event could become an annual attraction.

Application forms for the ‘Dragons’ Den’ event can be found at www.mynottingham.gov.uk/bulwellden or at the library at the new Riverside Centre on Coventry Road.