Helping business to be more Resilient

October’s meeting at Newark Business Club started with a welcome from Chairman Simon Gabbitas and introductions on the roving mic from a near full house of business owners and decision makers.

First to present was the sponsor, The Cyber Resilience Centre for the East Midlands. Colin Ellis, Managing Director, spent 22 years as a Police Officer including working in the National Crime Agency and is an accredited counter fraud manager. He shared some shocking statistics that cyber crime costs the economy £27 billion each year with the average cost of each attack to business at £15,300.

Although there were 2.39 million cyber crimes to business in the UK in the last 12 months the crime is very under reported.

The most common threats are phishing, ransom ware, invoice fraud and CEO fraud. Most will have come across one of these in their place of work.

The Cyber Resilience Centre for the East Midlands offers a one stop hub to SMEs for all things cyber resilience. There is support with free guidance and resources.

Using top talent from local universities, Colin can deliver you high quality and tailored cyber resilience services. They also work with local cyber essential partners to help business to achieve cyber essentials assurance and certification. You can sign up to the free community membership and take advantage of their website assessment offer. Visit or @EastMidlandsCRC on socials

Charity Of THE Quarter

The Charity of the Quarter draw followed with Daniel Otton announcing that the contribution to charities would rise to £600 a time. This is made up of £350 from Newark Business Club and £250 from Newark & District Round Table.

Inspired by a recent trip to Las Vegas, Daniel had members pick cards to choose the charities to come and present to members next month. Newark Women’s Aid, Mary Elizabeth Siebel Charity and The Bomber County Gateway Trust will be invited to share their stories with members at the November meeting with those in attendance selecting one for the £600 donation.

If you’d like to nominate a charity, please email

Positive news for Newark

Matt Lamb, Director of Planning and Growth at Newark & Sherwood District Council updated members on the Newark Town Investment Plan.

Since his last visit he was pleased to share that some of the investments from the towns fund were already in place including the YMCA building where we were all sat.

Some of the projects still to come include the Southern relief road due to open in 2025, the Air & Space Institute (March 2024), the former M&S building (Summer 2025) and the Newark Castle gatehouse.

From 24th November there will be free parking at weekends until the end of the year to boost footfall during the festive season with the lights being switched on Sunday 26th November.

Matt was also happy to share the news announced at the Conservative party conference that Newark was one of a handful to receive an additional £20m funding over a 10 year period.

Finally, the East Midlands Mayoral Combined Authority is being voted on soon with the first election due in May 2024.


Action Group help save Flying Circus

Michael Hardy followed with an update from The Action Group. He started with the train service, noting that it was working well but we are still pushing for a better timetable.

The Cultural Heart of Newark has seen some excellent events in the town and coming up we still have Scarefest on 29th October in Newark Castle and the Christmas Market and light switch on.

The Flying Circus was the venue of the last Action Group Meeting and this was significant following their recent restriction from NSDC following a noise complaint. Michael was pleased to report that following discussions at and following the meeting, The Flying Circus were able to continue with their live music offering, which is important to the nightlife of Newark.

Michael also challenged us to take up one of the 17 sustainable development goals and announced he himself would be giving up meat for 2 days per week and will be cycling to meetings in the Newark area, even in the pouring rain!

The next Action Group meeting is on 23rd October 6pm. Check out Facebook page for the event information and how you can attend.

SETS – is this months newbie

My name is Chris Armond and I am the director of Specialist Education training Services Ltd.

SETS is an education consultancy and training company. I started my career as a PE Teacher in mainstream education before moving to special education to work with pupils with social, emotional and mental health needs.

I have recently retired from teaching after 31 years in the profession, the last twelve as headteacher of SEMH special schools in Lincolnshire and Leicestershire.

SETS consultancy offers behaviour management and de-escalation training support and CPD courses to schools, colleges, alternative providers, and care settings. Out training package also includes First Aid training courses. These are available to all businesses and include emergency first aid at work (1 day), first aid at work (3 days) and paediatric first aid (2 days).

These courses can be offered as open courses at our training venue or as closed courses where the training is at your place of business. For further information please visit or contact me on 0762275518

Who Gives a Book

Who Gives A Book? Steff Wright and Veronica Dennant both suggested “Who Moved My Cheese?” and the lucky attendee was John Hope who took the book home.

Dragons raise whopping £45K

Rachel Wilson from Childrens Bereavement Centre & Matt Colbourne from Beaumond House Hospice announced that the Dragon Boat Festival raised a whopping £45,856 for the two charities by the 35 boats. Digital Space won “Best Dressed” and The Barcode Warehouse were the “Top Fundraisers”.

A great day for all the town. Next year the event will take place on Sunday 15th September.

Spotlight on 1804 Property solution

We first set up in Balderton in the month before Covid hitting which was a real baptism of fire, especially as we saw the Showground as a real pull to the area!

Almost by accident we fell onto the contractor market and it has been our focus ever since, dealing with major providers such as Situ, Comfy Workers, Trade Stays and Rapid Travel as well as the usual suspects like Expedia and Air BnB.

We provide quality home from home short term accommodation typically for:

  • Contractors working away from home either Monday to Friday or weeks at a time
  • Business Travellers visiting a site for a few days or weeks
  • People moving house and need somewhere to stay prior to completion in order to preserve a chain
  • People who have suffered an insurable event such as a fire, flood or subsidence and need to leave their home for a short period
  • People attending competitions such as equestrian events at Grantham and also the local Go Karting arenas
  • People visiting family and friends or attending local events

What we offer:

  • Free parking
  • Free unlimited fast Broadband
  • Use of oven, hob, microwave and other such essentials for day-to-day living
  • Use of the fridge freezer, dishwasher and washing machine
  • Beds, bedding and towels
  • Smart Tv’s in the lounge area and bedrooms
  • Choice to make your own meals or buy in

We are set up for both long term and short term stays so if you know of anyone looking for a stay of up to 28 days then contact us, we look forward to making you feel at home.


Before the close, Simon shared some announcements including the joint event with Grantham Business Club at Harlaxton Manor on Tuesday 12th December. The inaugural Newark Duck Race on 29th October. Beaumond House Winter Ball on 25th November.

Following the sad news of the closure of GH Porter Provision in Newark, Simon urged you to support your local high street wherever possible.

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 3rd November 2023 6.45am

The YMCA catering team offer a range of delicious breakfasts which are available to purchase.

Please Book your tickets online

YMCA Community and Activity Village
Lord Hawke Way
Nottinghamshire NG24 4FH

For sponsorship opportunities, contact