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Jamie Hogue of Nettl of Newark (the new name for reports.

The Sainsbury’s development is back on the agenda and the club has a further opportunity to comment. However if members want to object to the development they will need to temper sentiment with substantive planning objections, says Action Group Chairman James Fountain.

In an update from the Action Group, James appealed to members to give the group, and the wider community, their thoughts and feelings on the revised Sainsbury’s development proposal so that the group can repond to the developer's revised planning application. A petition was presented for members to sign. The most common concern was that the development would further exacerbate traffic congestion through the town.

Commit to a Committee
In a recent NBC survey it was revealed that nearly 70% of members of Newark Business Club would be happy to join a committee to further support the group’s efforts to improve the local community.

Why not start with the Retail Group and add to the growing number of local independent retailers who are banding together to boost business as well as enriching the neighbourhood?
Gadget man inspires business leaders
James also showed the group a video of the recent launch of Silicon Forest – a promising initiative that aims to establish Newark & Sherwood as a national centre of excellence for innovation and technology. Opened by Jason Bradbury, presenter of the Gadget Show and inventor of the world’s first working jet-powered hoverboard, the event featured some technological marvels that entranced guests – such as a ‘talking’ robot giving us a novel take on the classic conference call and the chance to see a hoverboard in action.

“The amount of technological advancements we’re making are incredible,” enthused Jason. “Let’s experience the next 10 years as if it were the next 1000 years.” To find out what this projects means for Newark, visit
It must be Christmas - Free Parking!
Elaine Ellison then gave us a summary of this month’s Retail Group activities – but sadly was sans tinsel! One of the most welcome announcements was that there will be free parking in many carparks around Newark town centre on Sundays from Sunday 29th November  - which is great news for local shoppers and retailers. The town & district councils have confirmed the news, which it is hoped will boost spending and tourism during the festive period.

Turn Up - Switch On
Elaine also invited members to attend the Christmas lights switch on and Christmas Market, which is (wait for it) also on Sunday 29th November. Stalls at the market are available from £38 and businesses are advised to book early. The market will run from 12 noon until £5:30pm.

Branching Out
Other initiatives of interest include the Christmas Tree Festival, in which local businesses have the opportunity to sponsor a Christmas tree, which are supplied by Doddington Hall and displayed in Newark Parish Church. Last year 103 trees were sponsored by local businesses and charities and some sported some interesting decorations, with Tallents Solicitors, who were at the time displaying their tree for the third consecutive year, showcasing Father Christmas relaxing on a deckchair in a beach scene. Sponsorship of a tree starts from £13 - members are invited to contact Elaine for more information.
Sharing Our Skills
Ian Holden of Business in the Community then spoke to the group about how we can collaborate to share our skills locally and help the voluntary sector “survive and thrive” by offering our support. There are 4663 charities and community organisations in Nottinghamshire – but at a time when demand placed on the sector is increasing rapidly, funding is shrinking and will continue to shrink. Surprisingly, only 11% of businesses have a significant relationship with charities. Ian posed an important question to the room, filled with some of Newark’s most successful business owners: “ my question  to you is, what can you as individuals and as a business community do to help the Newark & Sherwood Voluntary Service and the community? How can you assist the voluntary and charity sector in general to move into this challenging new world?” Members are encouraged to visit


Chairman – Amy Codd
Vice Chair – Simon Shaw
Secretary – Linda Clark
Treasurer – Malcolm Ellison
Education – Des Clarke
Action Group - James Fountain
Retail Group - Elaine Ellison

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2016 calendars go like hotcakes

Simon Shaw (Vice Chairman) and Amy Codd ( Chairman) are pictured with the  2016 NBC desk top calendar which details dates of future meeting for the clubs monthly meetings and The Action Group. Many thanks to members who helped sponsor it!


Flood Forum Meeting

The Newark Flood Forum meets on the 16th November at 5.30pm at the Town Hall. The Action Group are very keen that there is good representation at this meeting as it will have a significant impact on businessess within the town.

Business in the Community
In a new regular slot being introduced at our monthly business club meeting,  Ian Holden of Business in the Community highlighted the need for businessess to share skills locally with the voluntary sector.

He explained that new funding mechanisms in the third sector meant that new ways of working were required. Ian highlighted Newark & Sherwood CVS where they were looking for business champions who could provide          pro-bono support with projects like developing an effective internet presence, managing its knowledge base, measuring impact, and developing relationships which leverage resources proactively.

Newark & Sherwood CVS is also looking for Trustees who can offer strategic leadership.

CVS is currently helping to make Newark a dementia friendly town, brokering rewarding corporate volunteering challenges and providing access to a range of supporting services and organisations eg around workplace health.

For further information please contact, 01636 679539 or visit

This month's winner of the business card draw was  CASY,  a charity based in Newark dedicated to improving the emotional health of children and young people aged 6 to 25. They provide counselling from their office in Newark and in schools throughout Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire.

They also deliver workshops that increase understanding and skills of those who work with young people and recently we have launched a family support programme including talks and family therapy.  

In the last year demand for services has grown by 20% and this looks set to rise further. For more information about their work, and ways in which you can support please visit or find them on Twitter and Facebook.

Business Opportunities in Emmendingen
Newark Twinning Association celebrated 31 years of twinning this year with the German town Emmendingen and have an exciting visit planned there next year for a business expo on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th June.

This is a fantastic opportunity for business club members to exhibit and develop their export business. Jo Small and Rita Crowe of the Twinning Association would be pleased to help and provide advice, although there is no funding available.

For further information visit or contact Jo Small


Next Meeting

Friday 4th December 7am

Everyday Champions Centre

Newark Business Club meets at the Everyday Champions Conference Centre at 7am. Entry fee £5.00 including coffee. Come early to secure a good seat

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