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With Kerri Saxby on holiday, James Fountain of Bazzoo has written this months Meeting Shorts.


There seems a penchant among Politicians to quote from the Communists of the past.  First there was John McDonnell quoting from Mao’s Little Red Book during the Autumn Statement speech and last Friday it was Robert Jenrick quoting Lenin when describing the aftermath of Brexit “ There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.”
During the regular Q&A slot, James Fountain, chairman of the Action Group, sought reassurance from Robert that Newark would remain front of mind when it came to support and investment.
The East Midlands is woefully under invested per capita in terms of rail investment and this needs to be corrected if we are to remain competitive.
Robert reassured members that he was working hard on behalf of businesses and that we had been promised a multi million pound investment for the dualling of the A46 around Newark and had pressed the outgoing Education Secretary Nicky Morgan to sign – off on the Newark Toot Hill Free School. 

Black eye for cricket fan…

A sheepish Dave Ashby, attended Newark Business Club with a corking black eye, not the result of a punch-up, but an injury sustained at England’s record breaking stand at Trent Bridge.
Dave was caught on the cheek by a six from Jos Butler in the world record victory against Pakistan. He said, “I was doing a bit of networking at the time and was not paying attention to what was happening on the pitch” – lesson learnt we think- he won’t get caught out next time!

Racing certainty..

Southwell racecourse jumped at the chance to sponsor the NBC newsletter. Their racing colours will appear on the masthead for the next four months.

Be inspired…

Forget about your worries and your strife – ‘be inspired’ and enter the Newark Business Awards - this was the jungle mantra from Rachel Wilson, from the Newark Advertiser, organisers of the annual business event.
Rachel played the BBC ‘Greatest Show On Earth’ CGI trailer to inspire members to enter this years competition. It is easy to enter, just go to Full details of the categories are available here and the closing date is 10th October at 10am.

To find out more or to reserve your place at one of the events, which are free to attend, please email or call Sue on 01636 655277.

Network with Francesco
Young professional are being invited to attend a networking event at the Atrium VIP.

The aim of the event is to provide an informal meet–up  for professionals  who are currently training or feel they could benefit from meeting other likeminded people in a relaxed networking environment.
The event sponsored by Duncan & Toplis is being held on Thursday 29 September 7-9pm.  It is free to attend with prosecco and nibbles, Quiz and charity raffle in aid of Queens Medical Centre. To attend please contact

Jill is smart, be like Jill

Jill Brown takes her shopping very seriously and with over 70 Totally Locally Fiver Fest offers she can buy the Necklace for Claire’s birthday, wallpaper for the office, Book an eye test, buy a toy for her goddaughter, get some ‘early bird’ Panto tickets, some shampoo/conditioner, a new battery holiday watch, her shoes heeling (after all she’s been stomping the streets to make the most of all these offers) and it’s time for a Fiver Fest coffee & cake.  Nearly done, now book family photo shoot for Grandparent’s xmas present, buy a new bedroom carpet, get a new outfit for Paul’s wedding and finally a glass of wine and some nibbles.
Make sure you’re like Jill and make the most of Fiver Fest on the high street and on the Totally Locally Retail app

Name change for cost reduction consultancy

Exciting times are ahead for Jill and Mark Brown as they rebrand their business cost reduction consultancy as “ Business Savings Experts “ effective from 9th September 2016.
With the motto “ saving money in your business is our business “ this independent local consultancy helps 9 out of 10 businesses save time and money on essential business utility costs finding savings averaging 23%.
For a free “business health check “ please contact Business Savings Experts on 01636 658779/07551  07551 122470/


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

Waste & Water Challenge

Over the next four years Severn Trent will be taking on one of its biggest ever challenges, investing £60million to dramatically improve the waste and water network in Newark.
The existing water and sewer pipes in Newark have been serving the community for many years, but they are simply no longer able to cope with the extra demands being placed on them. The result is an increased risk of interruptions to customer’s water supplies and, more worryingly, an unacceptable increase in the number of sewer flooding incidents.
There are nearly 400 properties currently at risk of sewer flooding in the Newark area. This is not acceptable and that’s why Severn Trent is investing so heavily in Newark to help prevent it, replacing more than 20 kilometres of old sewer and water pipes with new, larger ones over the next four years. 
Ahead of work starting in October this year, the company is inviting its customers in Newark to a public exhibition to learn more about their plans and the benefits the work will deliver. As the company’s solution engineer, Nick Wallace explains: “This is one of the largest investments we’ve ever made in one area and it’s important that we get it right for our customers. 

We’d encourage local residents to come along to hear more about the work. We’ll be at Newark Town Hall on Tuesday 13 September and Wednesday 14 September 2016. Our project team will be available in the Ballroom from 11.00 to 19.30 each day to explain our proposals in more detail and answer any questions or concerns people may have about the project.”


The Newark Advertiser is once again proud to be  organising  the Newark Business Awards  and the club is pleased to be sponsoring the Successful New Business Category. 

This award is open to enterprising young businesses that have been trading for three years or less.and has been specifically designed to recognise innovative businesses that have performed beyond expectation.

Last year's category winners pictured at the Kelham Hall Award Dinner

There are many good reasons to enter:

  • Establish a reputation of excellence for your business by being selected as the best of the best

  • Raise your company profile locally with a company profile in a Business Awards supplement appearing in the Advertiser Series and online at

  •  Promote your company at the black tie grand final with a company profile in a glossy programme and a video presentation played to 300 people – the who’s who of the local business community

  • Free advertising.  The winner of each category will win an advert with the Advertiser Series and the overall Business of the Year 2016 will win a marketing campaign valued over £4,000

  •  Share your success with your staff with a table at the glittering black tie grand final, the must attend business event of the year.

  • Showcase your success with a Business Awards 2016 finalist and winners’ logo for use on your own marketing literature

  • Use your experience from the Newark Business Awards to earn regional and national recognition by entering the Chamber’s regional Business Awards and if successful at this level even progress through to the national level.

The closing date for entries is October 10th at 10am. For futher information  and an entry form please visit

Procument & Business Event

Invest Newark & Sherwood is running a Procument & business event for those starting or growing a business.

This event will give you the following:

  • Information and tips on how to trade with the public sector and how to win successful contracts.

  • Funding and Business support for new and existing businesses in Newark & Sherwood.

  • Network with your local business community.

    This is an excellent opportunity for your business. There are two events:

    Friday 30 September 2016 (Aura Business Centre, Newark) Friday 28 October 2016 (A Edwinstowe House, Edwinstowe)

    For more information or to book please contact
    or ring Sue on 01636 655277.


Next Meeting

Friday 7th October 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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