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Meeting Shorts

March was a well attended meeting with many new members, all keen to generate new contacts and network.

Hot Tips
Mark Clayton, Executive Director of Southwell Racecourse (one of the busiest in the country, attracting over 90,000 visitors a year) gave members an  insight into the demographics of this nationally acclaimed racecourse.

For instance members were suprised to learn that more women than men attend race meetings and that 31% of racegoers are between the age of 36 and 50 and that 80% of them live within a 20 mile radius

Ministerial visit
Club Transport adviser Bob Poynter has long pressed for a meeting with Rail Minister Claire Perry to highlight how for a relatively modest cost some significant improvements could be delivered by the East Midlands Rail Franchise. Robert Jenrick, Newark MP, has facilitated  a meeting on Wednesday 23rd March and a briefing paper prepared by Bob sets out how overcrowding can be reduced,  journey times reduced, and Sunday services improved together with a number of other significant service improvements.

Newark to host East Midlands Councils rail workshop
Given  the next franchise of the region's rail services is due to start in April 2018. the Department for Transport will commence consultation later this year. There is consequently an opportunity to get our views reflected in the initial consultation document.
The club in partnership with NSDC has agreed to host a workshop at NCWC in April to help shape a prospectus.

The workshop is also a great opportunity to showcase Newark to key opinion formers  across the region.

Club support Interim Traffic Summit proposals
James Fountain, Chairman of the Acton Group attended Robert Jenrick's  follow up Traffic Summit and there was broad approval for Highway England proposals which in the short term include:
1.Upgrade the A46 (T) Newark Relief Road to ‘Expressway’ standard
2.Interim improvements being considered include:
•MIDAS and CCTV on A1 mainline (MIDAS includes vehicle detection and large driver message signs).
•Lining and signing improvements at junctions on the A46 (T) with minor widening to Cattle Market, Brownhills and Friendly Farmer roundabouts.
•Extension of central hatch ‘ladder’ markings on A46(T) between Farndon and Cattle Market roundabouts.

Consultants report suggest Sainsbury Development would harm High Street
A report by Carter Jonas commissioned by NSDC suggests that the proposed Sainsbury Development on Kelham Road could have a significant impact on the diversity and choice of retailing in the town.

The Business Club's Action Group  strongly believe that we should support our local retailers and the sentiment of the findings. The club has a dedicated retail group and has championed the needs of retalers for many years securing a Portas Pilot bid in the past.

Economic survey helps shape goverment thinking
Members of the business community are being encouraged to complete East Midlands Chamber of Commerce Quartley Ecomonic Survey

Inspire Day
The Club is supporting an Inspire Day, designed to support local businesses and staff, this unique event promises to get attendees off to a winning start, feeling inspired, and ready to face any challenge. And all for a good cause, with proceeds going to Beaumond House Community Hospice. For more information visit

Celebration of 17th Century  Business Champion , Hercules Clay
The annual Hercules Clay service,  takes place at St Mary Magdalene Parish Church on Sunday 13th March.  It  commemorates the Life of Hercules Clay who was a former Newark businessman and Mayor during the English Civil War. Businesses will have the opportunity to promote themselves with a pop up stand at the church from Tuesday 8th and are also invited to attend the service


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

Discover more at Southwell Racecourse

2015 was a really good year for all concerned at Southwell Racecourse, and hopefully 2016 can continue in the same vein. In 2015, average attendances at the course were up 15%, together with a big increase in covers in the Seasons Restaurant, which were up 67% on the previous twelve months.  Ladies Day, which this year takes place on Sunday 14th August, is the highlight of not just the Southwell calendar, but also the local social scene with people coming from all over Nottinghamshire and beyond to enjoy the day featuring live music after racing and a fashion show before racing.

Other feature racedays include Family Fun Day in July, which will feature Paddington Bear for the kids, together with Countryside Evening in May and Free Residents Evening in April. The Free Residents Evening allows people to claim two free tickets and help support local charity Beaumond House Community Hospice.

Hall-Fast signed a deal in 2015 to sponsor the grandstand at the racecourse, which will of course continue into 2016 with one of the hospitality boxes at the course being named after Malcolm Hall’s very successful local firm.

The racecourse maintains its very strong links with local press, with monthly appearances in the Bramley Newspaper in Southwell and a heavy presence in the Newark Advertiser, who also support the racecourse on the Free Residents Evening and Ladies Day too.

Southwell also plays host to a range of non-racing events throughout the year too, including antiques fairs, pony club camps, caravan rallies and most of all, the “Gate To Southwell Folk Festival” in the summer will once again take place on the racecourse land.
For more information, visit the website or call 01636 814481.


Will from Epix media was these months winner of the business card draw.

He very postive about local businesses which he maintains are doing great things, and Epix would welome the chance to show the world how amazing they are!
Their  in-house team create easy-to-edit websites, engaging videos and eye-catching graphic designs to help SMEs attract and retain customers.

Whether a business is just making its first steps into a new marketplace or is planning a big push on a new product or service, Epix can support your campaign so you get the most from it.
 For further information you can contact Epix Media at - they are  always happy to discuss ideas.



Nottinghamshire a better place

Tim Gregory, Corporate Director, Place Department, Nottinghamshire County Council explained the diverse work of his department  which is responsible for a broad mix of services including:
  • Roads and transport
  • Waste disposal and energy usage
  • Planning including minerals and waste sites, heritage and conservation
  • Economic development and job creation
  • Working with the voluntary sector and grant aid provision.

Tim was very consious of the major traffic congestion isues in and around the town and touched on the recent Traffic Summit and the longer term plans for the dualling of the A46 which were he said 'one of the most complex engineering schemes currently being developed".

Devolution was also another key agenda issue for Nottinghamshire and neighbouring Derbyshire and members of the club expressed concern that Newark sat on the edge of what would be a very large combined authority.  In particular that we might not get our share of investment in jobs, infrastructure and housing.

Tim noted the concerns and explained that the current proposals were complex and fluid and would need agreement from many parties if they were to progress.

The Serven Water upgrade to Newark, was also discussed as was the Southern Relief Road - two shemes that will have a impact on the town.

For more information visit



Next Meeting

Friday 1st April 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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