Food for Thought

Around 80 business owners and decision makers took their seats at the Everyday Champions Centre for more local news and networking. Breakfast was provided by Cox Events and our Chairman, Kevin Guthrie welcomed members with a packed agenda

Foodie Queen!

This month’s sponsor was Find Me the Leads

Find Me The Leads and it’s Chief Go Getter, Leisa Pickles, took to the stage to share her journey from Mars to Newark.

Find Me The Leads helps food and drink brands get their products into more stores, menus and consumers cupboards. When lockdown came into force, Leisa realised she had a network of suppliers and created a Facebook group, To My Front Door UK/Newark, to help connect and educate consumers about the options locally. Since it’s inception, it has grown to a network of over 3,500 members sharing their experiences of local food and drink suppliers. With her network, Leisa was able to pull together a champagne reception for a business celebrating a new office, orchestrating 7 different suppliers for their event. This Christmas, she is also spreading the Christmas joy in the form of hampers full of local produce. Another initiative Leisa cooked up is the Newark Foodie map, guiding visitors to cafes and eateries in the area. Version 2.0 is in the making and maps have been spread around venues across the county promoting Newark.

If you share your experience of a local business on To My Front Door UK/Newark, you will enter a draw to win a £20 voucher for Bentley’s Fish & Chip shop on Middle Gate.

One Degree Training!

I was told an alarming stat recently. To recruit a staff member can cost between £7,000 & £22,500 per person. I thought that was incredible. The amount varies on the level you’re recruiting into, and includes the direct and indirect costs; the lower the level being employed within, the lower the cost. That means that a company that’s able to develop staff, and make them want to remain, and grow, within the company, the cheaper the recruitment process will be..

At One Degree Training and Coaching I specialise in people focussed leadership. I support managers to become a leader who is able to empower, motivate, and maximise the potential of their workforce, who can provide their team with the investment they need to want to work hard and help the business excel. Because when an individual feels invested in, they return that invest in shovelfuls.

To achieve this, I have 3 levels of services:

  1. 4 workshops ideal for junior leaders, those looking to take on more leadership responsibilities, or established leaders looking to refresh their skills.
  • A 90-day leadership program, ideal for leaders who want to increase the productivity, and resilience of their team, in a sustainable manner.
  • A 12-month leadership program, ideal for senior leaders looking to improve retention, their employee’s connection with their business, reduce recruitment costs in terms of both money and time spent, and improve output at all levels.

To find out more, please contact Andy Nisevic, on 07737 194 852, or

To find out more visit one degree training and coaching

Charity Takeaway!

Three charities chosen at last month’s meeting. Newark Patriotic Fund, Newark Mencap & Bomber Gateway Trust all shared their stories and reasons why they do what they do. During the break, members cast their votes and Newark Mencap was chosen to receive £250 from both Newark Business Club & Newark Round Table.

For more information about the charities please visit;

Access to Accounts

Access Accounts Services Ltd are a friendly local chartered accountancy practice based in Newark on Trent.  Owned and operated by husband and wife team Michelle & Simon Allen and employing a dedicated team of accountants, bookkeepers and in house payroll specialist.  Since acquiring the company in 2017, Managing Director, Michelle Allen FCA CTA has worked to create a welcoming, supportive and professional practice, specialising in working with small to medium sized owner managed businesses.

Keen to step away from the view of accountants as dull, traditional number crunchers, when the business re-branded in 2020, we adopted the motto ‘Your Open Door Accountants’ which is exactly what we aim to be.  We provide a relaxed environment where clients feel comfortable picking up the phone asking questions and building a relationship without the fear of being overwhelmed with technical jargon or being surprised by additional fees.

The accountancy industry is changing, developments in accounting software and in the digitisation of taxation means increasingly that business owners have easy access to management and financial information.  Expectations of what is provided by accountants is changing and a much more consultative approach is required, we therefore strive to be viewed as extension of our clients team.

Access Accounts partner with two of the leading software providers, Quickbooks and Xero with all team members qualified as certified advisors.  Having assisted countless clients manage the transition to Making Tax Digital for VAT we are now beginning to assists our self-employed clients prepare for Making Tax Digital for Income Tax Self Assessment (ITSA) which will be introduced from April 2014.

Raiders of New Ark

Rachel from Children’s Bereavement Centre thanked those members that entered and came to Newark Dragon Boat Festival as they raised a staggering £31,586 between them and Beaumond House Hospice. They also announced the winner of the “Best Dressed” team were the Raiders Of New Ark (made up of Newark Business Club members) and the highest fundraising team were Motorfinity. Well done to all those that supported the event and it will be back in 2023 on Sunday 17th September.

Midlands Mayor

Devolution was the topic of discussion when the Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, Ben Bradley MP took to the stage. Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, Derby & Derbyshire Councils have submitted plans to establish a new East Midlands Mayoral Combined Authority to transfer powers and funds down from national government to local government.

If approved, it would mean significantly more funding for services in our region. More major decisions made locally, near the people they affect and give our region a bigger voice. The main areas of powers passed down from Whitehall are based around economic growth and job creation, transport and infrastructure and skills and training.

There is hope that Leicester also join the team with the coming months and discussions are ongoing.

Jonathan Van-Tam speaker for Christmas Networking

Following the success of last year’s event at Harlaxton Manor with Grantham Business Club, a date has been set this year for 6th December with Jonathan Van-Tam the guest speaker. Further details and how to book will be released in due course.

Next Meeting – November 4th

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

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