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Meeting Shorts

February’s high tempo meeting was full of energy and inspiration – with lots of top tips on how to save money, energise your workforce and grow your business.

Full of Energy
Energy4you were this month’s sponsor and Chris Morris, Business Development Director kept the message simple in what is a highly complex marketplace characterised by a huge number of suppliers, thousands of tariffs and metering options. They claim that by understanding and assessing your energy their energy experts can find you the most effective contract to ensure you get the best priced deal and reap the rewards from day one

Inspiring Day
Julie Reader Sullivan, from Invest Newark & Sherwood revealed details of an Inspire Day to be held at Kelham Hall and Country Park on 17th March. Organised by Get the Edge the event is designed to help individuals achieve their true potential. Workshops entitled ‘Thinking you can’ and  ‘Knowing me, Knowing you’ will form the backbone to the day, which will also include inspirational presentations from Andy McMenemy and Andy Read. To book your place visit and search for: Inspire Day by Get the Edge. Funds raised will go to Beaumond House Community Hospice.

Silicon Forest
Silicon Forest, set up to establish Newark & Sherwood as National Centre of Excellence for Innovation and Technology launched its 2016 programme of events which will include evening meet ups, learning sessions and a code club. The first meeting is on Tuesday 9th at The Ram 6pm FOC. Full details of the programme are available on

Newark to be showcased in Cannes
Julie was also pleased to report that there had been widespread interest from companies considering relocation or expansion in the district.  Invest Newark & Sherwood will be promoting a tranche of land south of Newark at MIPIM, the international property show in Cannes, France

Appy Retailers
In other news it was great to hear that an update to the Totally Locally Newark Retail app had been released and was available from the App Store and Google Play

New Members for Action Group
James Fountain, Chairman of The Action Group, said that they were delighted to welcome 3 new members to the committee, Bill Davidson, Daniel Otton and Alex Gibson. Bill would be advising the club on planning matters and a meeting had been arranged with Oliver Scott of NSDC to establish channels of communication.

Summits - Flavour of the Day
A follow up to Robert Jenrick’s Traffic Summit is being held on 12th February, and James Fountain and Dave Sharpe would be preparing the clubs response to the earlier meeting and were developing the club’s on-going position

Summits seem to be flavour of the day and a Newark Skills Summit is being organised between Nottinghamshire County Council and Robert Jenrick office to be to held on Friday 11th March. The Executive committee will be sending out a short questionnaire to members to identify some of the key areas of concern for business

Businessess Celebrate Hercules Clay
The Retail Group alerted members to the annual Hercules Clay service, which takes place at St Mary Magdalene Parish Church on Sunday 8th March, to commemorate the Life of Hercules Clay who was a former Newark businessman and Mayor during the English Civil War. Business will have the opportunity to promote their businesses with a pop up stand at the church and are also invited to attend the service

Secret of Success

And finally Matthew Tucker of award winning Morgan Tucker shared his experiences in setting up a major consulting engineers business. Ten years ago he was operating from a spare room, today he employs over 200 people and has offices in Newark, London, Nottingham, Leeds, Newton Aycliffe and Egham


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


Energy4you are a specialist team dedicated to providing businessess with the most cost effective solutions. Their energy experts have direct access to all energy suppliers in the UK and Ireland, which enablesthem to provide the contract that is right for your business.

Assess Energy Needs
It is very important that we understand your business and exactly what your energy needs are! We need to know how you use your energy, how much you use and when you use it so we can see the full picture
Best Priced Deal
Supplier Terms & Conditions can be a complete minefield however with an educated understanding of your business our energy experts can present you with the best deals and the most effective contracts.
New Contract
Once you have signed your new contract we will secure the rates with the Energy Supplier on your behalf to ensure you are ready to start making savings.

Reap The Rewards
We will handle all the switching (if that’s needed) and manage the new and old suppliers so you can sit back and look forward to a new lower cost energy supply. Saving money on energy has never been easier!

For further details on Energy4you services please email or call 0115 822 9730

This months winners of the business card draw were Hobsons accountantswho  have many clients within the local community and provide a variety of services to businesses, small and large, individuals as well as charities

At their Newark office the services include;

  • Preparation of statutory accounts for incorporated entities.
  • Statutory and voluntary audit and assurance services including charity independent examinations.
  • Corporation tax returns as well as advice and planning.
  • Sole trader accounts, self-assessment preparation and tax planning.
  • Bookkeeping, management accounts and VAT preparation.
  • Payroll services including pension auto enrolment compliance. They are also a BACS approved bureau.

Laura specialises in audit and accounts preparation and has numerous years’ experience with local businesses after joining the company full time upon completion of her master’s degree in Mathematics. 
For more information and to find out more about the services Hobsons offer please visit or contact Laura at or on 01636 702100

Celebrate Hercules Clay

A Newark cloth merchant and former Mayor of the town during the Civil War He suffered from a persistent dream during the siege that his house was on fire.  After evacuating his family because of the intense clarity of the dream, a mortar shell fired from Beacon Hill fell on the house and set it alight.

However his family were saved. In grateful thanks he left a sum of money for an annual service to be preached and to distribute alms to the poor.
In March each year a service is held in Newark Parish Church in recognition of his legacy.

Local businesses are invited to attend and as part of this there is an opportunity to “display your wares” in the Church in the week leading up to the service.
Newark Business Club will be taking an active part in the service. Our Mission Statement will be presented to be “blessed” by the Rector Stephen Morris

It is one of the oldest services of its kind in the UK.
All Business Club Members are invited and if you would like to get involved and put up your banner or similar in the Church, please get in contact by replying to this e-mail and we will send full details

You will also be most welcome at both the Church service and the “reception” at the Newark Town Hall afterwards
Matthew Tucker, Managing Director of award winning engineering consultants Morgan Tucker, gave us a potted history of the business and its phenomenal growth .

He put it down to a number of key factors, people, clients and relationships between the two,  robust financial models ,  commercial accumen, openess and the sharing of key information across the business.  He also stressed the importance of distingushing the difference between hours charged and value added.

Matthew clearly  has a very successful business model and it is great for Newark to have them based here - they set a good example of what can be achieved both on the national and international stage.

Further information can be found by visiting


Next Meeting

Friday 4th March 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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