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Meeting Shorts

Referendum Debate Hots Up
Developing the referendum theme introduced last month, local businessman Nigel Baxter presented the business case for leaving the EU. He struck a chord with many of the visitors to this month’s meeting and there was a lively question and answer session.

Support for Growth Point Development
James Fountain, Chairman of the Action Group outlined the work of the Action Group, which includes reviewing planning applications that may impact on the business community or the economic vibrancy of the town. 

Bill Davidson, the club member delegated to review planning applications briefed members of the Action Group on the Growth Point Development application at Fernwood. The Action Group reviewed the club’s position paper produced in 2008 and found it to be robust and relevant.  The Action Group therefore sent a copy to the planning authorities together with a letter of support for the development requesting that the necessary precautions in respect to flood defence strategy and the need for a mixed development be considered

Traffic Summit
A reoccurring business club theme is traffic congestion and the deleterious impact it is having for business. The Action Group continue to press for a short-term solution and to this end, James Fountain has attended the last two traffic summits hosted by Robert Jenrick.

The club was pleased to report that smaller, short term schemes were being considered by Highway England including:
  • Queue detection and warning signs on the A1 approaches to the Newark Junction
  • Signing and lining improvements
  • Localised widening
  • More extensive widening and signalisation of the A1/A46 roundabout
  • Reallocation of lanes on the A1 to provide a lane drop/gain arrangements
  • Reduced speed limits on the A1 and A46
  • Resurfacing/anti-skid on all approaches to the junctions
  • Improvement to visibility lines
  • Additional technology such as CCTV and variable message signs
Nottingham to Lincoln Stakeholder Board
Peter Duncan will now represent the business club at the Nottingham - Lincoln Rail Stakeholder Board, in place of Bob Poynter who has stood stand. The board review strategy for the line, timetabling and developments.

The club were also pleased to have facilitated a East Midlands Rail Franchise Consultation at the National Civil War Centre. Key representatives from local authorities: Rail Futures, Department of Transport and Travel Watch attended.  Bob Poynter set out the case for producing a prospectus for the East Midlands Rail Franchise, which was well received.

Newark Retail Group
As we go to press, Totally Locally are on Week 5 of their Newark Festival App competition to win free tickets to the Saturday night gig, starring ABC, Bananarama and Tony Hadley. To enter the competition, just download the app and go to the competition section.

Look for Totally Locally Newark on Apple or Google Play Station or visit.

Apprentice of The Year Award for Billy
Bazzoo apprentice, Billy Burrows has won the Apprentice of The Year award from Newark Rotary Club.
Billy is undergoing an apprenticeship in Web and Social Media, which will lead to a NVQ Level 3 qualification. 



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

Andrew & Co Solicitors Moves Onwards and Upwards

To accommodate a growing team, East Midlands law firm Andrew & Co Solicitors is relocating its Newark office to larger premises at 65 London Road in the town next month.  
The new location will allow the firm, which also has an office in Lincoln, to double the size of a number of teams based in Newark and allow for future growth.
Clients will also benefit from the move, as new meeting rooms are being created to allow for private meetings and both clients and employees will have access to onsite parking.
The firm is currently unable to host events at its Newark office owing to a lack of space, but it is already planning to use the new facilities for regular events. 
Andrew & Co’s Newark team will be hosting a number of events following the move which will allow guests to view the office and meet the newly recruited team members. 
Michael Pace, Partner and Motor Law specialist for Andrew & Co based in the Newark office, said: “The move will allow us to further expand our service offering for our clients in Newark and North Nottinghamshire and also give us the ability to strengthen our depth of knowledge and specialisms to further build the reputation of Andrew & Co Solicitors in the town.
“The new team members will be a great asset during our brand transformation, which will include a re-brand and website re-launch scheduled for July.

"It is exciting to be building on the firm’s strong local reputation and having a full time presence based in our Newark office for the vast majority of services means we can provide a smooth and seamless service to our clients."


Following last month's presentation by Kate Godfrey on behalf of Britain Stronger in Europe, it was the turn of Niger Baxter from Vote Leave to put forward his case.

Nigel, the boss of a truck hire company in Nottingham is spearheading the "Business for Britain" campaign in the region.

His company RH Commercial Vehicles also has sites in Cossington in Leicestershire and Alfreton in Derbyshire.

Nigel claims many small and medium-sized businesses in the East Midlands are fed up with bureaucrats in Brussels imposing oppressive regulations and costs on them, and want to see a fundamental change in the UK's relationship with Europe.

It is clear that the In or Out debate is very complex and Nigel is at odds with brother Ian, (also a haulier) who is firmly in.

Nigel maintained that membership of the EU costs Britain £350m per week. However business club member Graham Keal challenged him on this figure, and it was acknowledged that this did not take account of the rebate we get, nor the money that flows back to the UK to part finance projects like Nottingham's tram system.

The club has now heard both sides of the debate and we will have to wait until June 24th to see how the British public vote and we suspect a good while longer to judge the impact on business.

TV Role for Lisa Raises Profile of B&B

Long standing member of Newark Business Club and past chairman of Newark Accommodation Providers (NAP) is star of a new TV show,  "To B&B The Best”, a Channel 5 production.

To B&B The Best aims to give both the homeowners filmed and the programme’s viewers some helpful tips and guidance on setting up a B&B in their homes, but it doesn't cover all of the rules and regulations involved, which can vary depending on where you live in the country and your personal circumstances.

Lisa owns Compton House B&B Newark, off London Road.






Next Meeting

Friday 1st July 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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