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Give Your Opinion by This Friday

Midlands Connect is a pan-Midlands partnership working to improve investment in infrastructure across the Midlands, with a particular focus on east-west connectivity.

It is currently striving to determine the significance of the A46 to those businesses situated along it - responses to their survey will help shape the investment and development plans for this strategic route. 

We’d be grateful if you spent a few minutes completing the A46 survey here so that the voice and needs of the local business community are fully taken into account.

Surveys needed to be completed by this Friday, 20th April. 

Many thanks indeed for your support.

On behalf of: 
Nick Chischniak 
Representation Manager 
East Midlands Chamber


Noel is the New Monopoly King!
Steff Wright from Gusto Group congratulated Noel Barrowclough, after the latter took on the great and the good of Newark over a game of Monopoly in aid of Beaumond House Community Hospice on Friday 16th March.
The charity event, now in its second year, raised an impressive £2,000 in support of the local hospice.

Sponsorship Opportunities
Want to raise the profile of your business? Contact Simon Shaw, Club Vice Chair, to find out more about sponsoring a meeting.
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.


Invite to Join the Club
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 4th May, 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:
Following the cancellation of the March meeting due to the snow, Amy Codd, Chair of Newark Business Club, welcomed almost 100 guests to the April meeting, which was sponsored by Future First Expo. 

During the meeting, Kiyth Fotitt from Newark Hoverflights and Newark Ninjutsu, had his business card selected during the prize draw run by Liz Hobbs Group. Kiyth won two tickets to this year’s Newark Festival. Well done Kiyth!

Inspiring the Next Generation
Want to showcase your business, network with other local businesses and education providers and talk to your potential employees? Future First Expo will be back for its second year on 7th November 2018.
Exhibit for free alongside British Sugar (headline sponsor) and Bakkavor. In return for your commitment your business will enjoy print and online promotion in connecting with the event.
In addition to members of the public, the event will attract Year 11 students from six local schools.
To book your business a stand contact Veronica Dennant on 01636 655260 or  


Amy Codd's Final Annual Report
After three years as chairman of Newark Business Club, Amy Codd, from Chattertons Solicitors, took to the stage to deliver her final annual report.
Amy drew attention to some of the Club’s major achievements from the last year, including its Action Group, which has lobbied for greater investment in rail and road infrastructure and monitored development and investment opportunities in the town.
She praised the ongoing efforts by members of the Club to support the town centre and the independent retail sector, which Newark is so proud of.
As well as listing some of the events she has attended on behalf of the Club, she went on to thank all members who had taken to the stage to share their knowledge with others.
Before she was presented with a lovely bouquet of flowers by committee member Cameron Ford from Reflect Recruitment, Amy thanked the executive committee for their support and guidance.
She closed by saying that both new and established members of the club had kept it energised and were what made Newark Business Club great.
Amy handed over the chairmanship to Kerri Saxby, after an official show of hands showed support for her application.  
Topland – The Team Behind St Mark’s Place
Steve Pope, Group Director of Property and Asset Management Team at Topland, came to talk about St Mark’s Place, which his company manages.
Topland is a privately-owned property investment company. As well as owning more than 165 properties it also owns a portfolio of 37 hotels.
One of the latest developments within St Mark’s Place was the recent rebrand, which was unveiled in March 2017. The newly branded walls and signage link the town centre with the shopping centre and freshened up the overall look of the area. 
Topland aims to improve the units within St Mark’s, to attract both major high street brands and quality local independents. The next units due to receive improvements will be Unit 1 and 2 St Mark’s Lane and Unit 10 and 11 St Mark’s Place.
For more information about St Mark’s Place, please visit:

Top Ten Tips for Getting GDPR Ready
Mike Martin from Griffin House Consultancy gave a very enthusiastic presentation in the countdown to GDPR.
As well as explaining why businesses need to get their ducks in a row ahead of 25th May 2018, Mike provided guests with his top ten tips for preparing for GDPR.
  1. Understand the new rights with data subjects can demand
  2. Audit the types of data you hold
  3. Map the location of your data, your data flows, who has access to it and the risks
  4. Identify the lawful reasons you are processing personal information
  5. Ensure your consents are valid
  6. Review contracts and data sharing agreements with processors, partners and clients
  7. Review privacy policy and fair collection notices
  8. Ensure all reasonable technical and organisational measure are in place (due-diligence defence)
  9. Identify any new technologies and processes that might require a perform privacy impact assessment
  10. Appoint a Data Protection Officer to comply with additional legal duties, such as mandatory breach reporting, internal auditing and training etc.
For more information from Mike or to contact Griffin House Consultancy, please visit:

Q&A with MP Robert Jenrick and Councillor David Lloyd
MP Robert Jenrick and Councillor David Lloyd attended the April meeting and happily took to the stage to take part in a Q&A.
Topics under discussion included businesses affected by the Severn Trent development works;  the custody suite at Newark Police Station; actions following the Road & Traffic Summit; and the problems of litter within the town.

Copy kindly written and supplied by Kerri Saxby of Shooting Star PR

Amy's photo will appear below for the last time this month. Look out for the new face in the next email newsletter!
Amy Codd - Chairman

Next Meeting

Friday 4th May 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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