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Meeting Shorts

Jamie Hogue, is on holiday this month. Rachel Wilson of the Advertiser Media Group stands in.

Five seemed to be the magic number as this month’s Newark Business Club received an update about the upcoming Fiver Fest and was given a countdown of five weeks to the closing date for entering the Newark Business Awards 2015.

Retailers sign-up to Fiver Fest
Jill Brown told the club that 71 retailers had signed up to Fiver Fest, a promotion involving independent local retailers each offering a discount or special offer based  around the number five. 

The promotion, aimed at encouraging people to support local businesses by shopping in local independents, will be running over the weekend of the Blues Festival from September 11 to 13 also includes a buskers competition so make sure you wander round town and vote for your favourite.  

Christmas Wrapped up!
The Newark shopping theme continued with Elaine Ellison explaining Newark had Christmas all wrapped up. 

A Christmas Winter Festival planned for Sunday December 13 will feature a Christmas Market and street theatre, and a request for free parking to support the event has been made to Newark and Sherwood District Council. 

Free Parking request for December shoppers
An additional request for a relaxation of parking charges for the rest of the month to encourage people to shop in Newark has also been made.

Supporting Business Growth
Promoting  Newark continued as Julie Reader-Sullivan from Newark and Sherwood District Council gave an update on all the business support events it is organising, including the launch of the Silicon Forest - a business-driven initiative set up to establish Newark & Sherwood as a Centre of excellence for innovation and technology.

Silicon Forest
Silicon Forest, a major initiative  to establish Newark and Sherwood as a centre of excellence for Innovation and Technology, is well advanced with a planned launch on October 13th.  Jason Bradbury of the Gadget Show will open the event  To find our what this project means for Newark visit

Trains, Automobiles, and Sainsbury - Anne Robson, vice chair of the Action Group updated members on the recent Traffic Summit,  Severn Trent Water sewage and flood defence programme, CAGE (Coddington against Gravel Extraction) and the proposed Sainsbury Development.
Business Club Draw
Paul Clayton was this months lucky winner of the business card draw.

He leads, Healdi  a business development & training consultancy where he helps owners & senior executives of businesses and organisations to plan and implement growth plans which,through improved customer experience and the continuous improvement of people & processes, including cost & risk management, helps gain new customers, boost business with existing accounts, increase service levels from suppliers and strengthen internal team cohesion and motivation leading to increased sales and profitability.

Paul Clayton, is an experienced sales & marketing specialist with over 30 years in senior management positions with blue-chip, multi-million pound companies in manufacturing, distribution. amenity and agriculture before starting his own consultancy business in 2000 specialising in sales recruitment.

He has subsequently owned a telemarketing business & now heads up Healdi.

For futher details visit or call 01529 412476


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

Gardeners question time - preparing your lawn for winter

Ian Stephens of Lawn Master, this months sponsor gave a facinating presentation on lawn care and maintenance.

He asked "Is your lawn looking ‘tired’ after a tough summer?" If so, we can transform it in to a great looking lawn ready for next year.

Lawn Master is the only lawn care company in the UK to only employ qualified groundsmen and greenkeepers. Years of experience mean its staff can deliver an affordable and effective service, without fuss.
Ian Stephens manages Lawn Master for Newark and local areas. He has a degree in Sports Turf Science and managed golf courses for 25 years.
Ian’s tips for preparing lawns for winter:
  1. Moss – It has been a tough year for grass, have your lawn scarified before Winter to help remove it.
  2. Shade - Sunlight is essential for growth and development, reduce shaded areas by cutting back trees and bushes. Remove fallen leaves as soon as possible.
  3. Feed – Autumn feed can be applied, which lasts until late winter. A weed kill will help control weeds.
  4. Aeration – This is one of THE most important jobs of the year. It helps reduce compaction and moss growth, improves drainage and also helps the grass roots to ‘breathe’ more.
  5. Mowing – Cutting grass too short stresses the grass. Cut between 1”-1.5” and ensure mower blades are sharp.
All products are amenity approved and completely safe. Your lawn will be regularly monitored, with prices fixed for the first year.
And if you think your lawn is beyond help - think again! Lawn Master’s Regener8 system can create a new lawn for you in just six weeks, at less than a quarter of the cost of a returf.  

Start your lawn’s transformation today! For your free, no obligation quote, please contact 0800 326 5015 or visit

'Gadget Man' Jason Bradbury to launch Silicon Forest

Presenter of the Gadget Show and inventor of the world’s first working jet-powered hoverboard has been booked to launch Silicon Forest  on October 13th at The Everyday Champions Centre.

The event will include
  • Inspirational Presentations
  • Interactive Workshops
  • Technology Showcases
  • Help any business get an edge using technology
If you use the code NBCSept15 you will receive a VIP ticket, but this code has a limited run, so be quick!
Eventbrite - Silicon Forest: Grand Launch

For further information please contact Wes Thompson 07916 324146, email or visit

Could you be a Business Winner?

Rachel Wilson of the Advertiser Media Group presented highlights from previous years Newark Business Awards and outlined this years NBC categories, which include:

Technology in Business 
sponsored by Invest Newark & Sherwood

Employee and Apprentice of the Year
sponsored by Advertiser Media Group

Business Person of the Year
sponsored by Chattertons Solicitors

Customer Service Award
sponsored by East Midlands Chamber of Commerce

Excellence in Business Small/Medium and Large Enterprise
sponsored by Duncan & Toplis

Successful New Business
sponsored by Newark Business Club

Training and Staff Development
sponsored by Newark College

Lifetime Achievement Award
sponsored by Handelsbanken

Rachel said "feedback from previous entrants had been very positive"  including that from Les Jones, Inizio pictured below, Customer Service Finalist 2014 who explained...

  "After years of working in various towns and cities up and down the UK, Newark is the first place we have seen a 'business awards' the event is so well delivered and we would recommend any local business to be part of it, we are proud to be a Newark business".

There are real tangable benefits to entering the awards which close on October 9th and the Black Tie grand final is being held on December 7th.

If you are interested in entering or know a company that might be interested go to to get an entry form.

Business Club Survey
As a business club we are committed to consulting with our membership and getting feedback. To that end we have created a small questionnaire for your to complete if possible by September 14th.

We plan to feedback findings at a future meeting and develop the format as appropriate. Please use this link below

Please use the link here and follow the instructions

Next Meeting

Friday 2nd 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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