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Meeting Shorts

Welcome to Kerri Saxby, new  Press Officer to the Club. Kerri is with Shooting Star  and will be writing the meeting shorts column and contributing to the Newark Advertiser Business Club feature.

Kerri, writes, This month our Vice Chairman, Simon Shaw, led proceedings in Amy Codd’s absence.

Don’t just advertise, Ansa-tise!

Sponsored by Ansa Tag, Ian Cunningham delivered a thought provoking presentation on the next generation of advertising – where interactivity options, such as NSC chips and QR codes, are added to all print materials to help people connect with businesses on the spot via their phones.

Look out for the Ansa Tag options on POS shelf toppers, product packaging for after-sale information and on business card

Robin Hood Legacy

James Fountain, Chairman of the Action Group, provided an update to club members on the letter of support from NBC written to  NSDC planners in respect to the proposed new hotel on the site of the Robin Hood Hotel.

James confirmed that the letter firmly indicated that the club supported the proposal to build a hotel but raised concerns over the proposed demolition of the listed buildings.

New look reponsive website & member directory

James also announced on behalf of the executive committee, the launch of the fresh NBC website . He encouraged club member to visit and promote the new site. James said he hoped that businesses looking to move into the area would find it useful, paying particular attention to the facts and figures page and the members directory.

Ongoing Business Support

Julie Reader-Sullivan provided local businesses with news of the new Pathfinder Loans which aim to help support specific business targets through the Think BIG Loan Fund. Loans from £5-£20k are available to support inward investment if your business meets the criteria.

Club members were invited to find out more via

Julie also called on club members to attend and promote the ‘Procurement and Business’ events which will take place at Aura Business Centre on Friday 30th September and Edwinstowe House on Friday 28th October from 9.30am until 3.30pm.

To find out more or to reserve your place at one of the events, which are free to attend, please email or call Sue on 01636 655277.

Corporate Social Responsibility – it’s the Business

Introduced by Anne Robson, John and David from Newark Castle Rotary Club encouraged local businesses to take part in corporate social responsibility (CSR) activities through the Business Partnership initiative.
The pair promoted the positive impacts that CSR has on businesses, local communities and the environment. They advised that staff taking part in CSR can develop skills and build links internally as well as in the community they’re supporting.
Newark Castle Rotary Club already has links with a range of community groups in the area and is on hand to facilitate and manage CSR on behalf of all businesses, irrespective of the number of staff that could take part or time limitations.

Anyone interested in finding out more should contact John Barker on 01636 702755 or via

Drop the Mic?
Due to time constrains during Friday’s meeting the usual tradition of passing around the mic for introductions was dropped. However, during a twitter poll and show of hands during the meeting it was found that most people had missed the opportunity to introduce themselves and hear who else was in the room.


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

Don’t just advertise, Ansa-tise!

Delivering nformation at the point of need
It was 580 years ago that Johannes Guttenberg invented what is often regarded as the greatest invention of the last millennium -  the moveable type printing press.  Ian Cunningham, the months sponsor believes this invention heralded the beginning of  the 'Knowledge Economy'.

In the 580 years that have passed since Johannes Guttenberg’s invention – the concept and purpose of printed paper has hardly ever changed . Ian describes it as a one-way communication
– trying to elicit a benign and unmeasurable reaction from the reader.

The 'Internet of Print' is a concept brought alive by AnsaTag a local Nottinghamshire business that enables any printed materials to generate digital content that can be accessed by any mobile phone.

AnsaTag is an intelligent responder service that consists of a combination of a unique interactive SMS number, an interactive email a QR Code and also an embedded NFC contactless Chip.
(the same kind of chip which is inside many modern credit cards).

All a user needs to do is to interact with one of the trigger responders (example to send an email, scan a bar code or touch the embedded NFC AnsaTag) with their smartphone and
suddenly they can access a huge range and diversification of content that can be accessed through any smartphone.

AnsaTag enables everyone access to any kind of content including video, audio, slideshows and interactive documents.

Try it yourself…
Simply Email “lincs” to and see what happens.

AnsaTag is being used by businesses and organisations all over the Country to enable them to reach out to customers in new and more meaningful ways like they never thought was possible.

For more information contact Ian Cunningham, 01623 904602


Anne Robson introduced the Rotary Business Partnership, which is designed to enable the business community fulfil Corporate Social Responsibility objectives by engaging in projects benefitting the local community. Rotary acts as a facilitator having local knowledge and able to provide guidance and mentoring services. 

Pictured above are Rotary Club members, who are collecting plastic bottles which can be used as windows in the construction of a greenhouse.  This contruction method has been ifor a number of community projects.

The primary objectives of this initiative are:
• To help companies and organisations fulfil Corporate Social Responsibility objectives through service to the local community.
• To provide opportunities for the personal development of employees through local community service projects.
• To introduce companies and employees to the benefits of Rotary as a means of long term commitment to service in the community.

For futher information please visit

Business Card Draw - John Murphy Sterling Murphy

Sterling Capital Reserve is a Corporate & Commercial Finance Brokerage based in Nottingham since 1999
They  have access to a wide range of funding lines which cover both traditional and alternative funders. These include the following;
Property Funding                         Development Finance
Invoice Finance                            MBO/MBI Finance
Asset Finance                               Trade Finance
Healthcare Finance                     Alternative Finance
Pension Led Funding                  Peer to Peer Funding

There are 7 members of the team who have over 200 years of accounting/banking/finance experience raising finance across the East Midlands.  They are the missing piece in the funding puzzle and look forward to supporting Business Club members


Next Meeting

Friday 2nd September 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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