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Kerri Saxby from Shooting Star, reports on November's meeting...


It’s Beginning to Look a lot Like Business

It was an early start for Newark Business Club members as they met on Friday 2nd December for the final club meeting of 2016. Chairman, Amy Codd, and other members of the executive styling out  suitably festive Santa hats, welcomed around 80 business people from companies throughout the town.
Amy commented on the number of attendees who joined her in celebrating the season by wearing Christmas jumpers or hats and during the coffee break Hannah Sang from Datcom handed out prizes to the best three.
Back to business, Amy advised that she would be attending a rail summit meeting on behalf of the club on Friday 9th December with Robert Jenrick MP and James Fountain, Chair of the club’s Action Group.
Amy publicly thanked the efforts of Bob Pointer, who has carefully collated much of the information ahead of the meeting. Amy and James will take three main questions to the meeting for the rail network representatives to answer.

Shop Local and Park for Free

On behalf of the Retail Group, Jill Brown took to the stage to promote shopping locally this Christmas time. From local food producers to independent gift and clothing shops, Jill encouraged everyone to choose Newark, with its free parking on Sundays, over nearby cities.

The next big date in the diary is Sunday 11th December when the Newark Christmas market will take place. Boasting 100 stalls and music and entertainment from local bands and dancers, it promises to be a fun filled day

Are You Cyber Savvy?

This month’s sponsored presentation was delivered by Hannah Sang from IT specialist Datcom.

To kick of the presentation, Hannah asked how many people had experienced a cyber attack. With a sea of hands in the air Hannah went on to share that 93% of large companies (those with more than 200 employees) have suffered a cyber attack. Smaller companies don't escape the threat, with 74% experiencing an attack.
Hannah explained that it's often an average of 256 days before you realise you've been hacked and that putting it right costs an average of £65,000. 
As business development manager at Datcom, Hannah's recommendation was for individuals strengthen their passwords and be vigilant. Meanwhile businesses should review their cyber security and ensure they're doing all they can to protect themselves, their staff and customers

The meeting was drawn to a close by Vice Chair, Simon Shaw, who thanked all the presenters, sponsors and club members for attending.
He went on to thanks Chattertons for kindly sponsoring the mince pies which were enjoyed during the networking coffee break.

If you’re new to the area, thinking of setting up a business or you want to make some new business connections please consider joining the club. The next meeting starts at 7am on Friday 6th January 2017 at the Everyday Champions Centre.

As well as networking the club is pleased to provide presentation and meeting sponsorship opportunities. In January, Emma Munton from design, print and website specialist Nettl of Newark will be delivering a presentation

Entry Fee to rise to £7.00 from January

The entry fee for entrace to the monthly breakfast meetings is to rise from £5 to £7 in the new year. This still represents excellent value and includes free parking and coffee.

Business Card Draw
The Property Booth is a residential letting agency based in Fernwood, covering the Newark area. Providing both Let Only (Tenant Find) Services and Fully Managed Services, our Landlord clients vary from Investment Landlords with a portfolio of properties to Accidental Landlords with just one. 

Linda Booth director - The Property Booth
Our Guiding Principles are:-
Landlords - we never forget whose house it is
Tenants - we never forget whose home it is
As we specialise in residential lettings, we spend all our time focussing on what we’re good at -attracting ethical landlords who are interested in providing decent housing in the Newark area,finding responsible tenants for these properties who are looking to make a home locally,working with excellent local contractors to maintain thesehomes/properties,looking after all parties really well


Chairman - Amy Codd
Vice Chair - Simon Shaw
Secretary - Lesley Pashley
Treasurer - Malcolm Ellison
Action Group - James Fountain
Education - Vacant
Retail Group - Elaine Ellison
Press Officer - Kerri Saxby

Is your business cyber security up to scratch?

Datcom were this month's sponsor and Hannah Sang explained that they are a professional IT company covering the East Midlands.  They specialise in IT support, cyber-security, cloud, communications, proactive monitoring and providing qualified IT advice and improvements to businessess.  Datcom also offer consultancy, network planning and IT strategy from experienced experts with real-world business experience.
Their large and growing team of locally based engineers provide telephone and on-site cover to respond quickly to their client's IT requirements. 

PHOTO: Datcom & Duncan & Toplis staff on stage with NBC Vice- chair Simon Shaw
Datcom's support can be tailored to a client's specific criteria and they offer fixed-price maintenance plans to provide the best service at extremely competitive prices. 

They also offer up to 24/7 364 day support for businesses that work around the clock.
Datcom embrace the Cloud and all the benefits that it brings and have their our own cloud platform using class-leading hardware that is based in Newark. 

Their server and networking expertise means they can get  servers and solutions designed and functioning to the client's exact specifications.

For further information please visit

It looks a lot like Christmas.

Jill Brown from the Retail Group gave members a very positive update on the latest retail initiatives designed to drive footfall to Newark's shops.

Totally Locally Newark have produced a Christmas leaflet supported by local independent retailers which highlights where on the high street you can bag the best bargains. It also promotes the Christmas Tree Festival at the parish church, together with the
Newark Christmas Market and Winter Fest on Sunday 11th December and of cause the panto Jack & Beanstalk at The Palace Theatre.

An added bonus is the offer of FREE all day Sunday parking at selected carparks.  

Finally, there is a fabulous Christmas competition where shoppers can win over £200 of  TL vouches to spend locally.

Bank of England - Outlook for the Ecomomy

Alistair Cunningham - Agent, East Midlands gave us a fascinating and informative post-Brexit update.

Alastair joined the Bank of England in 1994 – taking over as Agent for the East Midlands Agency in February 2010 after spending 15 years as an economist and senior manager at the Bank’s Head Office in London.
His current role – acting as the eyes and ears of the Monetary Policy Committee is the most rewarding yet, giving an unrivalled opportunity to test economic theories against the real world.  Alastair spends much of his time taking soundings from business.

November Business Card Draw - Andrew & Co Solicitors

Andrew & Co Officially Strengthens Commitment to Newark..
It’s been a busy year for Andrew & Co Solicitors. As well as winning a top industry award for best practice at the LawNet Awards 2016, the firm has moved to bigger premises to accommodate the growing size of the firm in Newark and undergone a major rebrand.

Its new location on London Road is over double the size of its previous site in Kirkgate and will enable the firm, which also has an office in Lincoln, to continue to grow.

The firm’s latest recruit Andrea Bingham has joined the Private Client team and will be focusing purely on helping clients in and around Newark with estate planning, wills, trusts and powers of attorney.

Lead Partner at the London Road office Michael Pace said: “We’ve seen an increase in demand for our services, particularly on the commercial property side, but we’ve also strengthened our Corporate & Commercial, Dispute Resolution and Private Client teams.

“Rather than have multiple offices in multiple locations, we have two centres of excellence which offer a wide range of legal services. We employ people who are specialists in their area of law and invest heavily in staff development to ensure our clients receive the best possible service."

"Although we’re one of the longest established practices in the East Midlands we’re not complacent and innovation is key."

Action on Rail & Road

As with road congestion the Action Group have pressed relentlessly for rail improvements both on the East Coast and Midlands lines under the guidance of NBC Transport Advisor Bob Poynter. This has resulted in Robert Jenrick MP organising a rail summit on the 9th December with representatives from Virgin, East Midlands Trains and Network Rail.

James Fountain said " The Action Group were  pleased that the government had in the autumn statement reafirmed their commitment to dual the A46 around the town,improve roundabouts and upgrade junctions with the A1. The first stage of the work including planning and legal considerations, is due to start in January. Engineering work would commence between 2020 and 2025.

James Fountain Chairmen of the Action Group will report back to members of the Club at the January meeting.


Next Meeting

Friday 2nd 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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