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It was a bumper attendance at the June meeting to hear the Nottinghamshire Police & Crime Commissioner, Paddy Tipping, update us on policing across the district and in Newark, in particular.
Since 2010, police budgets have been reduced by 25% and there are 25,000 less police officers nationally. This is the lowest number for 30 years and people are worried about the level of policing at a local level. Across Nottinghamshire there are currently 200 PCSOs and 1920 police officers. This number will increase by 130 to 2050 over the next two years.
Talking specifically about Newark, Mr. Tipping confirmed that the police station was not closing, and, in fact, Newark was going to become a better equipped facility, with CID moving back to the town and a planned higher police presence on the streets within the town.
The custody cells have closed in Newark but as the majority of the crime is in the north of the county, the decision was made to focus custody suites in the Mansfield area, hence freeing up £250,000 to cover other policing services such as a cadet scheme and an education programme for schools and colleges. Interestingly, people under 21 commit the most crimes but they also represent the biggest number of victims.
The Commissioner talked about the level of crime and that numbers have increased, partly due to more people reporting incidents. The type of crimes has also changed, with terrorism, knife and online crime taking more resources, nationally, than ever before. (Nottinghamshire is the only county with a dedicated knife crime unit.) As a country and a county we have to decide where best to focus these resources.
He ended the meeting by reiterating that Newark is a safe and prosperous place to live and work but that it is all our responsibilities to deal with crime by passing information on and reporting crime when it happens.

Kerri Saxby, Chair of Newark Business Club, announced the following forthcoming events:
  • Keep Newark Tidy – a group of Newark businesses are running a litter collection initiative, with the first litter collection session being 9am on Monday 11 June at the McDonalds end of town. If you would like to help, contact Lesley Pashley on 01636 611112 or email
  • Newark Half Marathon -  Sunday 12th August - if interested in helping or competing, contact Rebecca Gallop on 07773 814488
  • Nicholsons’ Charity Ball – Friday 14th September, in aid of Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance and LIVES. Tickets are available from Linda Clark on 01522 815100 or email
  • HR - Keeping it Legal – 14th September, being run by Newark & Sherwood District Council. Contact Sue Nattrass for more details on
  • Business Health Check Session – 18th September, being run by Newark & Sherwood District Council. Contact Sue Nattrass for more details on
  • Access to Finance – 16th November, being run by Newark & Sherwood District Council. Contact Sue Nattrass for more details on
Kelham Hall and Country Park is a beautiful stately home located just outside Newark and is a stunning backdrop for events, weddings and family days out. Recently refurbished, the Hall has also applied for planning permission for a 70-bedroom hotel and spa.
It features prestigious, fully serviced offices and conference facilities. Offices are available ranging from 129 to 60,000 sq.ft all situated on the ground, first, second and third floors of the Thomson Wing.

Every office has access to communal reception, client waiting area, meeting rooms, kitchen, WC, showers, gymnasium and copy / print facilities as well as on site cafe and ‘room service’ catering.

Newark Showground offers one of the most sought-after venues in the county providing a convenient venue for over 500 events annually. Set in over 86 acres of fully serviced, flat, fenced land the site is crossed by metalled roads and serviced by mains electricity and water. With seven acres of covered space in 11 separate buildings, it is able to cater for a huge variety of events, from the smallest to the largest business meetings and conferences, product launches and business to business exhibitions, to large outdoor shows and events.



The Business Club Action Group meets once a month to consider items that may help or hinder Newark’s economic vibrancy and to respond accordingly on behalf of the town’s business community.
Led by James Fountain, this includes planning applications, road and rail transport and issues such as the current sewer works. The next meeting is Monday 25th June for anyone interested in being involved. Further details are available on the Newark Business Club website –

There are £250 of Totally Locally vouchers to be won. Visit the Totally Locally Newark Facebook page for a chance to win.
As of 29 June 2018, the mental health charity, Newark Mind, is to close to service users.
Due to funding constraints, the charity is taking this opportunity to restructure, but until sufficient funds have been secured, the Newark Mind centre on London Road will be closed and client services will cease. 
Newark Mind would like to thank all the local businesses that have supported it. 
Whether you’re new to the area or you’ve just established you own business, Newark Business Club is always keen to welcome new members.
We’re an open group of supportive, approachable and passionate business people representing a range of different disciplines and organisations from across Newark and the surrounding area.
Our next meeting will take place at the Everyday Champions Centre in Newark on Friday 6th July, 7am-9am. Entry is £7 and includes free tea and coffee, with breakfast rolls available to purchase during the break.
Can’t wait to get involved? Follow us on Twitter or join in the conversation on Facebook, just search Newark Business Club UK.
In the meantime, you can find out more about the club and sign up to receive our newsletter via the website
Want to raise the profile of your business? Contact Simon Shaw, Club Vice Chair, to find out more about sponsoring a meeting or visit the website.
In addition to 10-minutes in front of a range of businesses, we’ll use your logo and business details in our marketing materials.
As well as a feature in the Newark Advertiser and our newsletter, we’ll give you a shout out on social media and share images of your presentation before, during and after the meeting.
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