Back to the home of Champions!

After a change in venue and format for August, we were back at the Everyday Champions Centre for our September meeting with a QR code for everything – Agenda, Whats on and Events!

From Abba to Shakespeare!

This month’s sponsor was Southwell Minster

Ruth Massey, Fundraising Officer, joined us on stage this month to showcase the fantastic Southwell Minster just a few miles from Newark.  The Minster has a 1000 year history with 3 full time priests, 36 members of staff and a volunteer team of over 400.  Did you know they see over 55,000 visitors a year !

From Abba to Shakespeare, craft fairs to classical music festivals, Southwell Minster is very much a hidden gem with beautiful gardens, renowned architecture and medieval stone carvings.  With a commitment to the community, they work closely with local charities to make events available to all.  Upcoming events include Space Voyage 12th – 16th September, a 24-hour fundraising Organathon on the 30th  September and the Magic of Christmas on the 17th December.

Ruth offered a great 50% discount for Newark Business Club members who wish to book their hospitality packages at the Archbishop Palace.  She also detailed a variety of sponsorship opportunities for local businesses for events including the Magic of Christmas and a new Choristers Sponsor package for 2023.  To find out more about the opportunities available, contact Ruth via email

Peaceful Possums!

Peaceful Possums Yoga (PPY) were this months lucky business card draw winners for a write up in our newsletter. They aims to blend playfulness and essential well-being skills together to empower children and their families to face the challenges and stresses of an ever-changing world.

A PPY class is filled with fun, laughter and nurturing through the use of traditional yoga poses, group/partner poses, sensory resources, songs and games, relaxation and mindfulness. Using age-appropriate adventures and stories, yoga and mindfulness is brought to life and made relevant to children.

PPY offers yoga classes in the community, in primary and secondary schools, to charities, festivals and a variety of other types of events. 1 to 1 sessions are also available.

Emma, the founder of PPY, is a qualified and experienced Primary Teacher (specialising in Early Years Education), Parenting Group Facilitator, Qualified yoga instructor with over 20 years practising yoga and a mum to 2 young children so has a wealth of knowledge and passion to share with you.

PPY prides itself on offering classes that adapt to suit the needs and interests of children and families so that everyone has an opportunity to be included and access yoga and mindfulness in a way that works for them.  PPY would welcome families to get in touch to see how PPY can help them or their children access all the wonderful benefits of yoga.

Step into the magical and nurturing world of yoga to support your child’s future physical, social, emotional and mental health today.

To find out more visit

Charity takeaway!

Simon Gabbitas, our chief organiser for Newark Business Club charities jumped on stage with an Indiana Jones’ style hat (a sneaky peak of his dragon boat race attire!) to draw our next three charities.  Newark Patriotic Fund, Mencap and Bomber Gateway Trust will be invited to our October meeting to represent their charities and tell our members more about the important work they do.  Following an anonymous vote during the October meeting from our members, one lucky charity will take away a cheque donation. 

Knowhow curries no favour

We had the pleasure of Damian Rodgers’ company as our speaker.  He is the Head of Repair and Returns at Currys, and what is possibly the largest employer in Newark.  Damian detailed the recent rebrand from Team Knowhow, Currys PC World, Carphone Warehouse into the super brand that is now Currys. 

The Newark campus is one of the largest UK Technical distribution sites and the biggest electrical repair centre in Europe with over 3000 employees, and during peak times this reaches over 5000 members of staff!  Operating 24/7, the site is the equivalent of 65 international football pitches!

Damian shared more about the priorities to sustainability and as a company there are plans to make all vehicles electric by 2030 and zero waste landfill by 2025.  One thing they pride themselves on is the growing reuse and refurbishment of products. 

Kevin takes to the floor ‘Anneka’ style

Chairman Kevin, got down with the crowd in a new ‘announcement slot’ where members updated us on upcoming events.

Ron from Framework told us about the Big Sleep Out on the 15th October at Nottingham Racecourse.

Veronica highlighted the upcoming Future First Careers Expo with Newark and Sherwood District Council, taking place at Newark Showground on 22nd November 9.30am – 3pm.

Alexandra from Human Alchemy shared details of a Sustainability and Leadership summit.  To find out more, email

Tricia from West Notts College promoted the free Reskill and Recover courses available, these include HR, Sales, Management, Digital Marketing and Customer Service. 

Nottingham School of Business has a Help to Grow Management Course available, with a new cohort starting on the 22nd September.

Action at the Organ grinder!

Chairman of the Action Group, Michael Hardy provided us with an update on rail, roads and our commitment to net carbon. 

There are still discussions taking place to increase rail services between Nottingham and Lincoln with meetings with Robert Jenrick and regular communications with the Department of Transport to try and push this forward.  The signal box at Newark Castle Station is due to be refurbished. 

A new bus service is now available with Nottinghamshire County Council between Ollerton and Newark.  This bus can be booked in advance.  Details are available on the Newark Business Club Facebook page. 

It’s been a busy summer of events with the cultural heart of Newark; Newark Festival recently filled our town centre with family activities, live music across various local pubs and restaurants, a concert with the Overtones and a well-attended Brass Explosion in the castle grounds.  As well as the introduction of Newark on Sea and the cycle race in the town centre.

Devolution for East Midlands brings lots of changes for Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Derby and Derbyshire.  The Action Group is committed to making sure our voice is heard locally for investment and infrastructure for better jobs, boosting the economy and improving transport.

The Action Group is a place where you can help make Newark a better place to do business and Michael welcomes members to join.  Meeting once a month at the Organ Grinder in Newark, the next meeting is 6pm on Monday 26th September. 

Next Meeting -October 7th

Friday 7th October 6.45 am at its usual home – the Everyday Champions Centre.

New sponsorship packages are being launched to businesses for 2023 with headline, patrons/partners and table sponsors options.  To find out more, please contact Kevin or the committee.

Please Book your tickets online

Everyday Champions Centre
Jessop Close, Brunel Business Park
Nottinghamshire NG24 2AG

For sponsorship opportunities, contact