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Kerri Saxby from Shooting Star, reports from the March meeting ..


The meeting began with a welcome to the apprentices who had come along in advance of National Apprenticeship Week (6th-10th March) as part of the club's dedication to championing local businesses and the next generation of employees

Mr Mayor on a Mission

Town Mayor of Newark, Dean Hyde, is on a mission to recruit businesses to attend the annual Hercules Clay service which will take place at the Parish Church from 10:15am on Sunday 12th March.

The service, which is part of the town’s traditions, includes a procession of local dignitaries from the Town Hall to the Parish Church, the delivery of the Bombshell Sermon and the giving of small loaves of bread to local charities.

The Mayor invited local businesspeople to attend and offered an opportunity for club members to display their branded banners in the church during the celebrations. He has invited dignitaries from across the region, some of whom might be interested in the services and skills on offer from Newark businesses.

Big Love from Newark Festival

Mark and Joe from Liz Hobbs Group gave the club the 411 on the plans for Newark Festival 2017. Among the performers entertaining the crowds this year will be UB40, Level 42 and the The Original Wailers. The headliners will perform on Saturday 17th June but revelers can also enjoy Riverside Rocks on Friday 16th and Swing in the Park on Sunday 18th June.
Joe reminded the club that alongside sponsorship opportunities the festival brings around 20,000 people into the town, which boosts the local economy and showcases Newark as a wonderful place to visit. 
Tickets can be secured via 

Visit Newark; Stay, Explore, Shop

Richard Whiles from Newark Accommodation Providers spoke to the club about all of the brilliant attractions that are found in and around Newark.

He showed a short film which highlighted some of the top tourist spots in the town alongside some of the accommodation which is available to visitors.

Richard asked the club to get behind the launch of the new Visit Newark website, which is being revealed on Tuesday 7th March at Kelham Hall. Head to to view the new site.

Forget Convention

Peter Watson from Chatty Imp advised the club on the best ways to target new and established customers through social media.

Peter reminded people that in this mobile-first world, where you can find your partner on Tinder, order your transport on Uber and sell your house on Rightmove advertisers are struggling to deliver traditional advertising to audiences who are actively avoiding adverts.

The chatty imp told the club that personal branding would grow in importance over the next five-years and suggested that businesses considered Facebook advertising now rather than waiting, as he foresees a sharp rise in advertising prices in the next four-years.

Farewell Anne

Amy Codd and James Fountain bid farewell to Anne Robson who officially stood down as the vice-chair of the Action Group at the end of February.

Anne, who has been a member of Newark Business Club for many years said that the Action Group was one of the things that makes Newark Business Club so special and unique.

Anne was presented with an orchid by James, who thanked her for all of her support.

Spring into a Skill Share

As Amy closed the March meeting she reminded club members to get involved in the skill share planned for the April meeting.

Club members have been asked to offer to share a skill and suggest a topic they would like to hear more about.

If you have a specific business skill that you would like to share with the club, please get in touch via or tweet your suggestions to @newarkbc on Twitter.

Business Card Draw - Use Locally magazines

This months winner of the business card draw was Karol Watson Todd of Use Locally Magazine.

Use Locally Magazine started life in Karols bedroom exactly 4 years ago!  Like many other cottage industries, it quickly outgrew her bedroom and expertise, and Karol now runs it from a suite of 2 offices and has a dedicated staff of 4, with various functions outsourced to industry leading professionals.

 “Its been a passion of mine to provide effective and reasonably priced advertising solutions since working for a Nottingham newspaper” commented Karol, owner and founder of both magazines - Use Locally Newark and Use Locally Villages.  

Karol, said, "my passion has overtaken my initial expectation and has now grown into 2 magazines servicing a far wider area and delivering over 20,000 magazines per month.

We are a great example of all we stand for – Businesses grow when you Use Locally!   We have and we are, and you can too!"

For futher information and to contact Karol visit



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

Festival of Fun

Newark Festival returns to Riverside Park this summer for the sixth year running. For seasoned fans, or those new to the festival and just looking for a brilliant few days of entertainment, 16th -18th June is a date for the diary.  Riverside Rocks on Friday 16th June promises the UK’s best tribute bands; Oasish, Kazabian, Snow Control and Stereotonics. Saturday 17th June sees reggae legends UB40 – featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue head the line-up with Level 42, The Original Wailers and Fleur East. Sunday’s popular free Family Fun Day will include Brainiac Live, the Robin Hood’s Magical Adventure, BBC Introducing in the East Midlands, and a brilliant jazz, and swing line-up.
Organisers Liz Hobbs Group are poised for the busiest weekend yet, having implemented several significant additions and improvements to the festival site, which coupled with a stellar artist line-up, are seeing ticket sales fly.
“We have listened to the constructive feedback we have received from previous festival-goers, and have re-designed the site to deliver a brand-new festival layout, offering much more space”, said Liz Doogan-Hobbs MBE, CEO of the Liz Hobbs Group. Adding “We will be increasing bar and rest room facilities and introducing enhanced visibility of the stage with screens, a dedicated area for those wishing to bring folding chairs and a Food Village with a broader diversity of food concessions.”
This year will also see earlier opening hours on the Saturday to allow for extended performances, and for the first time, Water’s Edge Premier Enclosure tickets are available, enhancing the experience with some luxury treats in a special reserved area, including welcome glass of Prosecco, canapes, goody bag, luxury rest rooms, a private paid bar and BBQ. Plus, on the Saturday Eden Hall Day Spa will be on hand with some pampering.
“You can purchase your tickets or find out more about accessing the festival, and what’s in store over the weekend from our website” says Liz “Go to and be sure to join us. It promises to be brilliant fun.”

Past Chairmen United
The March meeting was the busiest of the year, full of razzmatazz and chutzpah. It was great to see five past chairman join current chairman Amy.

Pictured L to R, Amy Codd, Michelle Allen, James Fountain, Dean Hyde,Keith Girling & Elaine Ellison

Bombshell Serman

Dean Hyde, promised revelations in his planned Bombshell Sermon celebrating the life and times of Hercules Clay,  Civil War businessman and Mayor of Newark. 

The historic business event is steeped in history and the Hercules  Clay service has attracted press, tv and radio coverage across the country.

One journalist stated, "It is an unusual tradition, although endowed sermons are not rare in England, surviving ones are and certainly the association with the Mayoralty and colourul nature of its legend, its name the 'Bombshell sermen', kept it well known".

The event on Sunday 12th March starts at the Town Hall at 10.30 followed by  the Hercules Clay Commemoration Service at the Parish Church of St Mary Magdalene followed by a reception at the Town Hall. Businessess can set up a pull-up stand in the church the week prior to the event.

Visit Newark aims to attract more visitors to Newark, one of England's undiscovered gems.

Newark accommodation providers have for many years been promoting their bed & breakfast, hotels and self catering accommodation under the Visit-Newark Brand.

Chairman Richard Whiles, "said that they wanted to raise the profile of their organisation and had commissioned a new logo, website and promotional video".

The official launch takes place at Kelham Hall & Country Park on Tuesday 7th March.
Richard, presented Newark-on-Trent as the jewel in the East Midlands Crown, he said "that Newark was  becoming the place in the  East Midlands to visit with one of the finest Georgian market squares in the UK together with many wonderful places to explore including the National Civil War Centre".

In terms of accommodation there is something for everyone, award winning boutique hotels, elegant guest houses,  chic bed and breakfasts, and self-catering. 

With over  25 independent businesses represented  Visit-Newark establishments go the extra mile to make your stay that little bit special and memorable.

Business Rates - Treasury explanation of proposals

With changes in business rates payments from April following a revaluation across the UK, our MP, Robert Jenrick has forward us a letter from the Business Secretary and the Chief Secretary to the Treasury which provides some explanation of the proposals. 

The executive committee thought that you might like to read the letter and you can do so by following this link.


Next Meeting

Friday 7th April 7am

Everyday Champions Centre

Newark Business Club meets at the Everyday Champions Conference Centre at 7am. Entry fee £7.00 including coffee. Come early to secure a good seat.

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