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Meeting Shorts

Kerri Saxby from Shooting Star, reports from the June meeting.

Newark Business Club
Club Chairman Amy Codd welcomed eighty-five business people to the meeting of the Newark Business Club at the Everyday Champions Centre on Friday 5th May.
In her introduction, Amy updated club members with rail developments and confirmed that she had attended the first Sunday service between Lincoln and Nottingham on 21st May.

Andrew Rozzier and Damien Cliff from the Local Enterprise Partnership for Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire delivered an informative presentation about the support available to business through the growth hub.
Andrew advised that the hub was made up of experiences advisers who specialise in a range of areas to support businesses. Business leaders who want to access capital grants, develop their website, attend more events and networks, become more energy efficient or even get off the ground in the first place should contact the hub for guidance.
Andrew, Damien and the team at D2N2 are eager to help where they can and offered a complementary consultation to any interested businesses.
For more information please visit

Let's Work Together says MIND
Sarah Robinson from Newark MIND took to the stage and gave a short presentation on the importance of addressing the stigma of mental health.
In the workplace, poor mental health costs businesses £8.4bn in sick days each year and with one in three people likely to experience poor mental health at some point in their lives MIND is encouraging employers to do more.
MIND is offering tailor-made training courses for employers and employees to help raise awareness of the importance of good mental health, recognise the signs of poor mental health and put in place opportunities for support if they are needed.  
For more information please visit

Newark Parliamentary Candidates
In the final session of the morning the club welcomed three of the four parliamentary candidates for Newark; Xandra Arundel (UKIP), Robert Jenrick (Conservatives) and David Watts (Liberal Democrats). Each candidate was given an opportunity to address the club and then take questions from the floor.
To watch the live videos of the candidates please visit our Facebook page:

Parish Notices
Registration is still open to take part in the Chase the Rainbow 5K on Wednesday 14th June in aid of Beaumond House.
Keith Girling from Newark Patriotic Fund invited club members to attend the 2017 It's a Knockout Challenge on Saturday 24th June.  
At the next meeting there will be a tug-of-war during the coffee break in aid of Help for Heroes.
Sponsorship Opportunities
Fancy seeing your name on the big screen? Please contact Simon Shaw if you would like to sponsor a meeting. For a one-off payment, you can deliver a presentation to a range of businesses in Newark and see your logo on marketing materials which are circulated by the club. We’ll also give you a shout out on social media and share images of your presentation during the meeting before writing you up for a feature in the Newark Advertiser.
Who’s New?
This month Susie Chambers from Swing Nouveau attended the club to promote Newark Book Festival. Susie’s business card was drawn from the new attendee bowl by Andrew Rozzier.
Taking place on 15th and 16th July in venues across the town, Newark Book Festival has something for everyone, including author events, pop up activities and street theatre. British novelist and journalist Matt Haig has been announced as one of the authors in attendance.
Sponsorship packages are available and local business are encouraged to get involved. Tickets for a range of talks will be available from the Palace Theatre once the programme is launched on Monday 12th June. 
For more information about Newark Book Festival please visit the website or see updates as they happen via social media

Newark Networking

Fancy networking with likeminded business people and making better business links in Newark and the surrounding area? Then Newark Business Club is a great place to start.

The next meeting will take place at the Everyday Champions Centre in Newark on Friday 7th July, 7am-9am. Entry is £7 and includes free tea and coffee. Breakfast rolls are available to purchase during the break.

New members always welcome, just bring your business cards and we’ll make you feel right at home.

In the meantime, you can check out the club and its members via the website, follow us on Twitter or search for Newark Business Club on Facebook.

Cameron wins first Newark Monopoly Championship

Steff Wright of Gusto Homes of Newark was delighted to present Cameron Ford of the Reflect Recruitment Group with a spectacular trophy for winning the inaugural Newark Monopoly Championship.

The event was held in support of local charity, Beaumond House Hospice and was held at the Kelham House Country Manor Hotel.


Chairman - Amy Codd
Vice Chair - Simon Shaw
Secretary - Lesley Pashley
Treasurer - Malcolm Ellison
Action Group - James Fountain
Education - Andrew Greenslade
Retail Group - Elaine Ellison
Press Officer - Kerri Saxby


The D2N2 Growth Hub was launched in Nottingham in December 2014 and provides a ‘one stop shop’ for ambitious new and developing businesses looking for advice on training, growth, and how to access funding help to expand into fresh markets.

Pictured above Andrew Rozzier of D2N2 Growth Hub

Growth Hub advisors work within the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP). The LEP is a private sector-led partnership between business, local authorities, skills and training providers, and community and voluntary organisations, which promotes economic growth and jobs creation in Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

The D2N2 Growth Hub has:

  • Its own website at , giving accessible advice on areas such as starting and growing a business, accessing finance, training and skills development, and expanding into new and international markets.
  • It's Growth Hub helpline at 0333 006 9178, where businesses can be directed to help tailored to their needs.
  • Social media channels giving the latest D2N2 Growth Hub news and details of upcoming events. Join us on Twitter @D2N2GrowthHub  and LinkedIn and Google+ .
  • Regular D2N2 Growth Hub newsletters. SUBSCRIBE HERE.

Parliamentary candidates step up for Question Time

All four parliamentary candidates were invited to the clubs June breakfast meeting where they would  present their case for being elected MP for Newark.

Xandra Arundel UK Independence Party, Robert Jenrick Conservative and David Watts Liberal Democrat attended the meeting and were happy to take questions from the floor.
The labour candidate Chantal Lee was invited but did not attend.

Quartley Economic Survey
Please see below the opportunity to contribute to the latest quarterly economic survey facilitated by the East Midlands Chamber.    Alongside other information, the results are shared at D2N2 Growth Hub meetings and offer a valuable temperature test of the local economy and of business needs and issues, and such it would be helpful if you were able to complete it by following this link.
If you are interested in the summary of the findings from Q1 (April 2017) you can get analysis here

Too much clutter - Professional help is at hand!

This month's winner of the business card draw was Suzie Rawcliffe, Clarity Otrganising.

Professional move manager Suzie Rawcliffe runs Clarity Organising from her home in Newark and offers a decluttering service.

“People struggle with getting rid of items for all sorts of reasons,” she said.

“They can lack the motivation, don’t have the time or simply can’t face it.”

Suzie can help those who want to move home or simply tidy the house but find themselves stuck because they have amassed piles of items in drawers, sheds, garages and attics.

She can also help those who need to clear a property because of a bereavement.

“I can look from an outside point of view and give a different perspective".

Suzie works by organising paperwork into categories — documents that are obviously important, old bills that could be discarded, and photographs that need to be sorted.

“I am able to give people support in making a start and motivating them,” she said.

Suzie can also help people whose rooms are so full of furniture they have become hazardous.

“I can streamline a house so it makes it easier for them to move around,” she said.

Suzie came up with the decluttering idea through her contact with families seeking her help with funeral planning — a service she still offers.

Suzie, who is also a Dementia Friend Champion, said it was important that people thought ahead and planned their funeral for financial reasons and to provide support for the family at a time of need.

She has recently started working with Newark Patriotic Fund to help ex-military personnel organise the process.

Susie is happy to do talks about her work to clubs or associations.

More information is available by emailing

07733 090187


Sarah Robinson explained the background to and the work of Newark Mind and the inspiration for her involvement.

Newark Mind is an independent charity working across Newark and Sherwood, touching Lincoln and Grantham providing information, support and guidance on mental health issues across these areas.

Our approach is that we ALL struggle with mental health at some point in our life, maybe through bereavement, trauma, and relationship breakdown or even just by having a bad day! We can help by offering support through specific groups like anxiety support, befriending, counselling, form filling, one to one supportive listening and crisis and information signposting.
For further information visit

Amy Codd - Chairman

Next Meeting

Friday 7th July 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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