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Meeting Shorts

April was the club's AGM, and marked Amy Codd's first year as chairman. Amy, said "that it had been a very busy year, representing the business club at many business and community events".  She had attended meetings with the Office of the Rail Regulator in London, had seen the successful implementation of improved services on the Castle Rail Line and had pressed along with other Action Group members for measures to reduce traffic congestion in the town. Many of the club's recommendations had been considered at a Traffic Summit organised by Robert Jenrick MP and Amy was hopeful they would be implemented in the short term.

Positive Year
All in all, it had been a positive year and Amy thanked her committee chairman and members of the executive committee for their help and support. There was special mention for Bob Poynter who had worked tirelessly to ensure that the business club was well informed on all rail related issues and that due consideration was given to our proposals for improvements to the East Coast Mainline and Midlands Rail.

Visitor Gateway to Drive Tourism
Michael Constantine, Business Manager, National Civil War Centre (NCWC), Visitor Gateway and Palace Theatre unveiled details of the recently open visitor gateway, which links the Palace Theatre and National Civil War Centre. The state of the art facilities are already attracting large numbers of visitors to the town and it is hoped that this latest addition with its café, will further add to the prosperity of the town. .

New NSDC Offices wins member approval
Cllr Peter Duncan, presented plans for the new NSDC offices, which would be built on land adjacent to the cattle market on the Great North Road. The development which will be shared by Department for Work and Pensions and the council’s housing company, Newark and Sherwood Homes will make substantial cost savings and will be much more accessible to members of the public.

The Business club supported the development which when coupled with the new Visitor Gateway, at the Palace Theatre and the shortly to be opened Sports & Fitness Centre make Newark an attractive and vibrant town to live, work and visit.

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The Business club supported the development which when coupled with the new Visitor Gateway at the Palace Theatre and the soon to be opened Sports & Fitness Centre make Newark an attractive and vibrant town to live, work and visit.

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As members of the Newark Business Club, members who wish to purchase a group of tickets will not have to pay any booking fees by using a special code. This would be applicable for purchases of over 20 tickets on either of the event nights; Friday 17th June – Riverside Rocks or Saturday 18th June – 80s Night. For companies buying for their staff or hospitality, it will represent a significant saving.
Ticket Link:
To qualify for the no booking fee discount; Newark Business Club members can follow the link above, select the ‘purchase tickets’ button and then enter their promotional code. After typing in their code, it will give the option to purchase 20+ tickets in any category.
The special code for Newark Business Club members is: NF-FESTIVAL-NBFEE


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

Visitor 'Gateway' to drive visitor economy

Michael Constantine addressed the Newark Business Club on behalf of the newly-integrated Palace Theatre, National Civil War Centre and Visitor Gateway.

Eleven months on from the opening of the National Civil War Centre, the continued investment in the site has bridged the eight-foot gap between the theatre and the centre and means that it can now offer businesses flexibility of hire spaces for all sorts of functions – including the theatre’s auditorium, bar and Byron Room, and the centre’s Tudor Hall and Tudor Attic.

The brand new café-bar facilities, Nineteen20 (after the year the Palace was built), additionally offer a great town centre meeting location for discussions over lunch or the fantastic, bespoke coffee.
The Visitor Information Centre has also been incorporated into the site, making a one-stop information point for visitors to the town, who will be encouraged to enjoy as much of what Newark and Sherwood has to offer as possible. This focus on keeping visitors in the town and district will continue to be of tremendous benefit to other businesses in the area as Newark increasingly becomes a destination for more than just a day trip.
Michael also took the opportunity to extend an invitation to local businesses to go and see the newly-refurbished venue at an open event on April 27. For any businesses
keen to attend, please contact for more information and to reserve your free place.


Plans for a new office HQ for NSDC were presented by Clr Peter Duncan  and Deborah Johnson.

Moving to modern, cost-effective and efficient offices on a site next to the Cattle Market, off the Great North Road, Newark, which will be shared with a number of public sector partners, should  save council taxpayers in the region of £500,000 each year.

Relocating from the authority’s current offices in Kelham, close to the town centre, will improve access for customers and residents and with more than 230 staff working close to town centre businesses and services, it will have a positive impact on the local economy, supporting the council’s prosperity agenda.

The council will share the new offices with the Department for Work and Pensions and the council’s housing company, Newark and Sherwood Homes. It is also looking at the possibility of working with other partners from the public and voluntary sector. Earlier this year the council sold the Grade I listed Kelham Hall, the authority’s HQ for the last 40 years, which is costly to run whereas the new offices will be energy efficient.

Lee Marshall, of Viridis Building Services illustrated that with the intelligent low carbon building design, it was hoped that almost £90k per year would be saved on running costs compared to Kelham Hall. Low Energy mixed mode ventilation, LED lighting and electric photovoltaic roof panels were being incorporated into the design.

Home Grown Sugar and Much More...

Graham Heatrick, Factory Manager of British Sugar Newark was this month's keynote speaker.   He explained how the plant had grown from modest beginnings in 1920's to the significant business now, playing a major role in the prosperity of the area, as an employer, a ratepayer and a user of local services.

Newark was the second beet sugar factory built in the UK and operated under the name of the ‘Home Grown Sugar Company’. The factory became part of the former British Sugar Corporation in 1936.

Newark factory is proud of its ‘homegrown’ heritage and its ability to continue producing a quality product focused on low food miles, field to customer.

Graham highlighted how Newark produces much more than sugar. The output of each process becomes the input of the next, until raw materials are turned into products avoiding unnecessary waste.

1.5 million tonnes of sugar beet are produced by some 1,000 UK growers, at an average distance of 28 miles from the factory. In addition to the production of sugar the site also produces and markets

  • Topsoil - 40k tonnes per year
  • Animal Feed - 100k tonnes of dried animal feed
  • LimeX - 60k tonnes
  • Molasses - syrup added to animal feed
  • Sugar products - 250k tonnes to Food & drink manfactures, 230k tonnes of granulated sugar sold in bulk

For further detail on British Sugar Newark please visit


Next Meeting

Friday 6th May 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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