December 2017 Meeting Shorts

Newark Business Club

More than 70 business people attended the latest Newark Business Club meeting on Friday 1st December.

Having donned a festive t-shirt Amy Codd, NBC Chair, welcomed new and established attendees to the meeting, which was awash with Christmas jumpers.

In the new attendee business card draw, Kay A Gugliotta from Newark Showground was selected. Meanwhile, from the established business club member draw Laurence Childs from Jalapeno was chosen.

Jalapeno is a professional IT services company delivering high-quality operational management and business services to SMEs. The Jalapeno team understand that while the importance of well-maintained IT is paramount, the cost associated with an in-house staff member can be prohibitive.

Laurence, a senior IT systems consultant, helps support customers by enhancing current systems and business services.

With more than 40 years’ experience working with business, government and military clients, Jalapeno Business Services has the expertise to enhance your current systems and business services, deliver new capability and ensure continuity of services and performance.

For more information about Jalapeno visit:

Roger Blaney took to the stage to inform attendees of the limitations of the recent social mobility report and set the records straight for Newark and surrounding areas. Roger urged club members to speak passionately with their business contacts about the progress being made in the town and our extensive plans for the future.

The Future of Recruitment

Simon Gabbitas from Future Prospects Group delivered a very lively sponsored presentation during the meeting.

Future Prospects is an award winning online recruitment company based in the East Midlands.

Recognising the current economic challenges and the fight for talent, Future Prospects was formed to provide an effective permanent recruitment solution. The highly experienced team of consultants work across multiple industry sectors with a range of businesses throughout the UK.

As well as sharing more about the development of the company, which is now in its sixth year, Simon enthused about the recent rebrand (thanks to Brand Newark) and raised awareness of the training arm of the company.

The newly launched website, called Future Learning, will enable business users to access over 100 online training courses, as well as enabling employers to offer continuous staff development courses to their teams.

Following the presentation, Simon gave away 12 vouchers for free GDPR training courses. 

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Money, Money, Money!

The Bank of England’s Regional Agent in the East Midlands, Alistair Cunningham, delivered a fascinating and informative UK economy update.

Alastair joined the Bank of England in 1994, taking over as agent for the East Midlands agency in February 2010 after spending 15 years as an economist and senior manager at the bank’s head office in London.

As the eyes and ears of the Monetary Policy Committee, Alastair spends much of his time taking soundings from businesses across the region.

MP Q&A Time

Newark MP Robert Jenrick joined the club for an update and brief Q&A session at the end of the meeting.

He touched on a successful Autumn Budget and the recently publicised social mobility report, which he felt painted Newark in an unforgiving light.

Parish Notices

Emma Holden from Holdens of Newark took to the stage to make people aware of Newark’s Santa’s Grotto. Based in a bespoke wooden lodge within Holdens, children are invited to visit Santa and take part in a range of festive activities this Christmas. 

In addition to the donation of £200 from Newark Business Club, Santa’s Grotto has received local support from the Advertiser, Toy Master, Radio Newark and Cre8 Studios. Funds raised through photos with Santa and activity sessions will be split between Beaumond House and the Children’s Bereavement Centre. 

Amy thanked Emma Ashwin from Nettl of Newark & Redlime for coordinating the decoration of the business club’s tree as part of the Christmas Tree Festival in the Parish Church.

Sponsorship a Meeting

Want to see your name on the big screen? Please contact Simon Shaw, Club Vice Chair, if you to find out more about our sponsorship opportunities. For a one-off payment, you will get 10-minutes in front of a range of businesses at one of our meetings and we’ll use your logo and business details in our marketing materials.

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.

Want to join the club?

New to the area? Just set up your own business? Or in a new role? Why not join us for our next business club?

We’re a group of supportive, welcoming and approachable people representing a range of different disciplines and businesses from across Newark and the surrounding area.

The first meeting of 2018 will take place at the Everyday Champions Centre in Newark on Friday 12th January, 7am-9am. Entry is £7 and includes free tea and coffee, with breakfast rolls available to purchase during the break.

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