Devolution to drive economy

Despite the cold and dark morning, around 100 businesspeople set their alarms for an early start, arriving at the YMCA at 6.45am for Newark Business Club’s November meeting.

After the welcome from Chairman Simon Gabbitas, the roving mic moved around the room, giving everyone the opportunity to introduce themselves. Rhyming catchphrases were optional!

Nexus Fostering

Novembers meeting was sponsored by Nexus Fostering, a private agency that places children with foster carers. It was set up in 2002 and is part of BSN Social Care. Nexus Fostering provides support for carers on a 24/7 basis and is rated Outstanding by Ofsted.

In the first presentation, Megan Ingram of Nexus Fostering gave an inside view of fostering from the points of view of foster carers and children. Foster carers look after children who need a loving and stable home because they can no longer live with their birth family for a variety of reasons. Over 57,000 children live with foster families in the UK, and there is a large demand for new foster carers. When children were asked what they were looking for in a foster carer, the top answer was laughs and jokes!

In addition to loving and caring, foster carers also help children to develop their identity, culture and religion and reach their full potential, making fostering a rewarding and fulfilling experience for adults and children. Foster carers are also part of a professional team and take part in both initial and ongoing training. Several types of fostering roles are available, including therapeutic, long and short term, parent and child, and respite. The main requirements for fostering are being a UK resident over the age of 21 with a spare room, and single people or couples with or without children are welcome to apply. The application process takes 4-6 months.

Charity Of THE Quarter

As part of Newark Business Club’s Charity of the Quarter initiative, three local charities gave five-minute presentations about the wonderful work they carry out in the community. Malcolm Ellison of the Mary Elizabeth Siebel Charity spoke about how the charity helps residents aged over 60 to continue to live independently in their own homes by providing grants for mobility aids such as stairlifts and electric scooters, special beds, electrical appliances and other needs. The charity was set up through the will of Miss Florence Siebel, who was a teacher at the Lilley and Stone School in Newark. The charity is named in memory of her mother.

Phil Stephenson gave an update on the Bomber County Gateway Trust’s project to build a giant sculpture of a Lancaster Bomber to commemorate the 617 squadron, known as ‘The Dambusters,’ who flew out of airfields in Nottinghamshire. Foundations for the statue have been laid close to the A46 near Norton Disney and a steel tripod has been erected. When completed, the statue will be 29 metres high and will have a wingspan of 31 metres, making it taller and larger than the Angel of the North! The unveiling of the statue is scheduled for late 2024 or early 2025.

Newark Women’s Aid helps women and children to rebuild their lives after experiencing domestic violence. The refuge provides secure accommodation for seven families and assists women with finding employment, enrolling on educational courses, and applying for benefits.

Following a vote by all attendees, Newark Business Club’s Charity of the Quarter was announced. Bomber County Gateway Trust will receive a total donation of £600 from the club and Newark Round Table to help its Lancaster Bomber statue become a striking local landmark. If you would like to nominate a local charity for the Charity of the Quarter initiative, send an email to

East Midlands Devolution Programme

In the final presentation, Cllr Ben Bradley MP, the leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, provided an update on the East Midlands Devolution programme. In August 2022, a £1.14 billion devolution deal was agreed with the government, providing funding of £38 million per year over 30 years. All this funding will be under local control so projects in the region will no longer have to be approved by the national government. Legislation on the devolution deal was passed in the last week of October and the next steps include the election of a regional mayor in May 2024.

Key areas of the East Midlands Devolution Programme include transport, skills, economic development, and business growth. Eight new East Midlands investment zones will be created to attract business investment. Transport projects will include rolling out demand-responsive bus services and integrating ticketing across all public transport in the region, as well as extending the train line from Nottingham to Newark Northgate to connect with the East Coast main line.


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Who Gives a Book

This month, Dean Hyde recommended and donated the book, The Simple Salesman by M J Pitts. After a business card was drawn at random, the winner of the book was announced – Louise Sinclair of Beaumond House.

Milestone for – Newark Brazil FC

Newark Brazil FC has experienced remarkable growth and success in recent years. The club’s journey is marked by several key milestones that highlight its positive impact on the community.

One of the standout achievements is the successful launch of a soccer school catering to children of all abilities. This initiative not only promotes the sport but also fosters inclusivity and provides an opportunity for young talents to develop their skills.

Furthermore, Newark Brazil FC has seen significant growth in its youth participation, with the number of children playing football increasing from 150 to over 200. This expansion is a testament to the club’s ability to attract and engage young athletes, nurturing the next generation of football players.

Success on the field is complemented by off-field achievements. The club’s commitment to community engagement is evident through events like the end-of-season club engagement day. Such events help strengthen the bond between the club and its supporters, creating a sense of unity and belonging.

Newark Brazil FC’s positive impact is not limited to soccer; it has also reinforced its position within the community. Through its various initiatives, the club has become a respected and valued institution, contributing not only to the development of young athletes but also to the overall well-being of the community. This success story showcases the power of sports to inspire and unite a community while nurturing talent and fostering inclusivity.


Among the closing announcements and events were the Christmas Jumper Challenge and the Santa Dash, which will be held on December 8th and 10th respectively, in support of the Children’s Bereavement Centre.

Beaumond House’s Charity Ball will take place on November 25th and a joint event between Newark Business Club and Grantham Business Club will be on December 12th at Harlaxton Manor.

Newark’s Santa’s Grotto is seeking business sponsors for this year’s grotto, which will raise funds for the children cared for in the YMCA Newark and Sherwood’s residential homes. Framework, a charity that helps homeless people, is appealing for donations of toiletries, hats, chocolates and other small gifts for its Christmas shoebox campaign. Financial donations are also welcome.

Thank you to Our Patrons & Sponsors

We are delighted to announce the following Patrons for 2023: Gusto Group|Funding Round|Reflect Recruitment|Barcode Warehouse|Motorfinity|PeachyEvents

Next Meeting – YMCA Village Friday 1st December 2023 6.45am

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