December 2021 – A bauble of a time

December’s meeting was opened by Chairman Kevin Guthrie who welcomed members at The Everyday Champions Centre. Being the last meeting of the year, there were Christmas jumpers aplenty and even some baubles in beards.

Renaissance big hit with Google

First on stage, Rachel Bell, BDM for The Renaissance at Kelham Hall. It was in 1861 that Sir Gilbert Scott designed Kelham Hall for the Manners Sutton family. The Domed Chapel was built in 1927 and in 1939 Charles Clayton Thomson opens a new wing. NSDC were based there from 1974 until it was sold to private investors in 2017. The company was put into liquidation in 2020 but now the Renaissance has begun.

Rachel originates from Lincoln and has been operating hotels for a number of years. Renaissance at Kelham Hall is back taking bookings for weddings and can accommodate up to 450 guests. They can cater for private parties and celebrations, business meetings and conferences. There is over 15,000 sqft of serviced offices plus virtual offices with telephony.

For more information about the services offered at The Renaissance at Kelham Hall, contact

Quick on the draw

Before the round table networking, Dagmar Bryant, Motivational Speaker & Transformational Coach was our new member pulled from the bowl and Helen Wheatley from Travel Counsellors was our regular member selected.

Spotlight on Helen

Being a Travel Agent looking after personal and business clients, 2021 hasn’t exactly gone smoothly in the travel industry. Helen has been involved in travel for over 30 years and this week celebrate 20 years running her business – BUT we’ve got through!

Her time is currently spent arranging memory making trips which include family holidays. Eco trips, honeymoons, villas, adventure trips, luxury large houses in the UK, sports travel, safaris etc, through to private jets and a full concierge service!  Plus she has had Covid keeping her busy ensuring that clients are safe and have the correct paperwork and tests book to comply with government regulations

The world of travel has changed and client’s requests are now more about creating memories for themselves and their loved ones, from swimming with the turtles, cage diving with sharks, a private yacht, or that unique location for an engagement – it’s not all about finding a beach or a pool and vegetating for a week, although that is still favourite for many!

If you would like Helen to look at options for that perfect holiday, honeymoon, business trip or perhaps a multi centre trip across Asia or the Far East, please contact Helen, her 30 years experience will be invaluable!

Facebook: @helenwheatleytravelcounsellors

Instagram: helenwheatley_travelcounsellors

Charity begins at home

Along with breakfast, Cox Events kindly supplied mince pies for all attendees. Following the break, Simon Gabbitas took to the stage for the Charity of the Quarter draw. Of the 18 charities in the hat, Beaumond House, Think Children & Newark Women’s Aid were pulled out and will be invited to speak to the club during the January meeting. At the end of that meeting, members will vote for the charity they would like to support and the one with most votes will receive a donation of £500. This is £250 from Newark Business Club and a further £250 from Newark & District Round Table. They have kindly offered to support the charity of the quarter initiative for another year.

Passion for business

Dagmar is an Australian, UK based, Business Coach and is passionate about helping you achieve greater success.
Her own corporate experience in HR, law and business management gives you access to valuable resources that will bring passion, motivation and innovation into your business.

She has over 18 years’ experience running her own business in Australia, the USA and now the UK.
When you work with her you should see an:

  • Increase in your confidence and self-worth;
  • Improved business strategies;
  • Increase in your enthusiasm and motivation;
  • Escalation in your income;
  • Reduction in stress, anxiety and overwhelm
  • Improved work/life balance.

Over the years Dagmar has helped hundreds of people with their own personal development, whether through one-to-one or group coaching, workshops, presentations or speaking from the stage.

With coaching you get:

  • Personalised support;
  • Clear goals and outcomes;
  • Action steps and take-home tasks for accountability;
  • To create a business that you love working in;
  • Personal transformation.

Dagmar believes that we all have the power to achieve our goals, sometimes we need a new approach, new ideas and new perspectives.
Make the decision today, to have a fantastic 2022.
Contact Dagmar for a confidential discovery session to see how coaching can help you and your business move forward.
Book here: Calendly – Dagmar Bryant
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#Shop Newark

Laura Cook reminded us that on Saturday 4th December it is Small Business Saturday and #ShopNewark were running a competition for one lucky winner to receive a selection of prizes from Newark’s finest independent retailers. Keep your eyes peeled to their Facebook page for another surprise on 12th December.

We do grass scoops Best Christmas Jumper Prize

Ian Stevens from Lawn Master picked up the best Christmas Jumper prize in a hard-fought battle from members who had adorned themselves in all things Christmas. That left the Executive Committee to entertain colleagues with a unique rendition of the 12 days of Christmas!


Members in their Christmas jumpers

Next Meeting – health, fitness and wellbeing

We look forward to seeing you on Friday 7th January and rember to book you ticket using the link below.


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