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I Heart Newark

It's official, Newark is vibrant, unique and a historic gem. 

With Valentine's Day on the horizon, club chair Amy Codd welcomed guests to the February meeting and asked them to write about what they loved about Newark.

The heart shaped post-it notes revealed that it was the town's friendly people, engaged business community and historic setting that led people to enjoy living and working here.

As well as being a town which welcomes innovative entrepreneurs, champions independent and traditional businesses alongside national brands, Newark was also recognised for the strength of its community spirit.

With that in mind Amy reminded guests to add the Hercules Clay service on 12th March to their diary. The ceremony commemorates the Life of Hercules Clay, a former Newark businessman and Mayor during the English Civil War.

Future First Expo

Continuing with the theme of people, Julie Reader-Sullivan was joined on stage by Rachel Wilson, Veronica Dennant and Harriet Robson to present the sponsored presentation about the up and coming Future First Expo. 
On Thursday 4th May an expo focused on careers, training and education will be hosted at Lady Eastwood Pavilion, Newark Showground. 
The expo aims to inspire more than 1,000 students considering their next step in education or apprenticeships and members of public who are interested in a career change. Julie and the team invited club members to sign up to host a stand for free. 
There will be dedicated knowledge, careers and technology zones up and running on the day and seminars will take place on a number of topics.
Businesses or organisations interested in having a stand should contact Veronica Dennant ( or Olivia Utton ( to book themselves in. 
Julie also reminded people that the North Notts Tech Fest will take place on 15th February and MP Robert Jenrick is hosting a job fair on 24th March.
Newcomer in Focus: Brand Newark
During the business card draw, the club gave a warm welcome to Paul Andrew from Brand Newark, a newly launched design and marketing agency. 
Paul and the team of specialists offer creative design, marketing, website and rebranding support to businesses large and small, established or start-up. 
If you’re looking for support in one or more of these areas why not give Paul a call or check out the website for more information on their services.

Spring into Action

Chair of the Action Group, James Fountain, began his update by sharing the news of a recent report that Newark is a happy place to live and work.

James reminded club members of the marketing opportunities available which includes sponsoring a monthly meeting, with social media mentions and a feature in the Advertiser and sponsorship of The Hub e-shots, which goes out to around 1000 individuals.

Anyone interested in taking up a sponsorship slot should contact Simon Shaw.
MP Q&A Time
Newark MP Robert Jenrick joined the club for an update and brief Q&A session at the end of the meeting.
He touched on his attendance at President Trump’s inauguration, employment in his constituency and the next steps for Brexit.  

Calling All Apprentices

At the March meeting the club will welcome local apprentices who attend with a paying member of the club.

If you’re new to the area, thinking of setting up a business or you want to make some new business connections please consider joining the club. The next meeting starts at 7am on Friday 3rd March 2017 at the Everyday Champions Centre 

B&G HR  – The Friendly Face of HR

Carole Broad of B&G HR  was this months business card draw winner. B&G HR, based in Lincolnshire provide outsourced HR solutions to companies of all sizes to enable them to concentrate on the day to day running of their business.

All services are bespoke to clients’ needs and cover areas of employment law, right from employer’s firsts thought of taking on a staff member through to the end of the employees work life.

The company is well known for, and regularly receives referrals for, its commitment to listening to what employers need and provides practical solutions to enhance the people strategy and minimise the risk.

B&G HR can help you develop your company guidelines and you can be assured that you will be receiving a service which is fundamentally based on the highest standards, effective communication and trust, along with a friendly approach.

Contact them on 01522 583963 or view our website on for further information.


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
East Midlands continues to be key driver of the UK economy 

This month's key note speaker was Chris Hobson, Director of Policy & External Affairs, East Midlands Chamber.

Chris highlighted the underlying mood from respondents of the lastest  Chamber Quarterly Economic Survey:

  • Strong growth in domestic and (in particular) overseas sales
  • Growing concern about the impact of inflation on planning and investment intentions
  • Prevailing uncertainty around EU regulation, trade deals, and the future of staff
Domestic Market
In terms of key metrics, 27% of firms reported improved domestic performance in Q4 2016, up from 12% in Q3 2016. 23% of firms expected improved domestic performance in Q1 2017, up from 13% in Q3 2016.

Overseas Markets
1.4% of firms reported improved overseas performance in Q4 2016, up from 6% in Q3 2016.1.8% of firms reported improved overseas performance in Q1 2017, up from 10% in Q3 2016.

Chris put this down to “The lower value of the pound against the euro and the US dollar, in particular, it has made UK-manufactured goods and services cheaper overseas. Combined with a strong reputation for quality, this has led to increased international demand for the ‘Made in Britain’ brand.

Price-rises over the next 3 Months
4.7% of firms in Q4 2016 said they expected prices to change in Q1 2017, up from 38% in Q3 2016.

Chris has agreed  to attend our monthly meeting every few months and provide a snap shot  on the economy and any developing trends post Brexit. More information on East Midlands Chamber can be viewed here

Invest Newark & Sherwood promoting
First Expo-Careers, Training & Education

The February meeting was sponsored by Future First Expo – a brand new event coming to Newark and Sherwood in May. The first of its kind for the area, Future First is an expo that showcases everything the area has to offer in terms of careers, training and education. The event is being held from 9.30am to 4.30pm on Thursday, May 4, in the newly-built Lady Eastwood Pavilion at Newark Showground, and is sponsored by British Sugar.

Organised by Newark & Sherwood District Council, the Lincoln College Group and the Advertiser Media Group, the event will enable local businesses to meet and engage with their future workforce or students.

Future First is an opportunity for businesses and education providers to promote the many career, training and education opportunities that exist locally.

It is also about raising the aspirations of people about to embark on the first rung of their career ladder, and of those looking for a career change, by showcasing the range of opportunities available.

It’s about harnessing local talent and showing people they don’t have to travel to the big cities to secure their dream career.

There is a range of exhibitor options available, giving businesses the perfect opportunity to promote the type of careers that are available in their company or industry.
The expo will be attended by more than 1,000 students from local secondary schools, all of whom are about to make that crucial decision about their next step on the career ladder, whether that’s into the world of work or to continue their education. The event will also be open to the public, as interest in the types of careers available, apprenticeships, and further education is not restricted to students. 

The format of the event will be innovative and exciting, featuring different zones and fully-interactive exhibits and sessions. There will also be break-out rooms and seminars covering a wide range of topical and relevant subjects.
So, if you want to attract students to your campus, or promote yourself to people looking to chose or change their career, then this is the event for you.

The event will be marketed extensively across the East Midlands through print, digital, outdoor and social media channels.

For more information please contact Veronica at N&SDC on 01636 655260

Newark Dubbed Happy Town by Office For National Statistics

Newark wasn't always so jolly. King John died of dysentery in the castle in 1216, and during the English Civil war the besieged royalist town was bombarded and the people starved.

Today business club members  can smile, the district of Newark and Sherwood has just been named the happiest place in England by the Office for National Statistics.

In a recently published survey interviewees were asked " How happy did you feel yesterday" and  "How satisfied are you with your life nowadays?"

The good news supports Cllr David Lloyds January presentation "Newark Building on Success"

Congratulations to NBC Stalwart Steve Beeching

In a recent Facebook Post, local businessman Steve Beeching, a founder member of Newark Business Club was delighted to announce that his revolutionary hydrogen technology has resulted in in agreement between De Verde and Sykes Picavant to supply engine cleaning units worth over £250,000.

Steve along with his business partner manufacture hydrogen based engine/exhaust cleaning units which eliminates emissions and improves MPG efficiency.

Well done Steve.


Next Meeting

Friday 3rd March 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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