Under an overcast sky, members of the Newark Business Club headed to the YMCA for the 7am start of the September meeting.
Chairman Simon Gabbitas welcomed everyone to the meeting and expressed condolences to the family of Sergeant Graham Saville, the Newark police officer who lost his life in the line of duty.
The roving mic was then passed around the room, allowing around 80 business representatives to introduce themselves and their businesses, with or without a catchy slogan. New attendees are always welcome, and it was great to see several new faces in the room.
In the first presentation, the meeting’s sponsor, Nicola Hunt of Physiocare Rehab, gave us an interesting insight into some less well-known aspects of physiotherapy.
Nicola used to work for the NHS as a respiratory physiotherapist in an intensive care unit where she treated patients on ventilators. In 2003, both of her children were in a paediatric intensive care unit after having heart surgery. This led to a turning point in her life and caused her to move into the area of rehabilitation, specialising in brain injury and neurological rehabilitation.
She didn’t intend to set up her own business, but one referral led to another and, in 2017, she left the NHS after 25 years and began carrying out medical rehabilitation for patients throughout the East Midlands. Subsequently, in 2021, she opened her own physio clinic at the Aura Business Centre in Newark. The services offered at Physiocare Rehab include neurological and vestibular physiotherapy. Vestibular physiotherapy helps people who have problems with their balance.
Nicola has a keen interest in technology and uses specialist rehabilitation tools for therapy, including the NeuroFlex® VR headset, which can be used to retrain the brain after a head injury. Another useful tool is the wobble cushion, which is used in balance training.
After a tea and coffee break, Jack Clark from Reflect Recruitment Group, a Patron Sponsor of Newark Business Club, shared some interesting facts about his company: the senior management team have 70 years of experience between them, and Reflect Recruitment has made 15,000 placements since 2006 from its offices in Newark, Lincoln and Grantham.
Reflect Recruitment provides local jobs for local people. It seeks to understand both its business clients and its candidates through in-depth conversations that uncover information that is not always mentioned in job interviews.
This enables the best candidates for each job vacancy to be identified, thus saving local businesses time because they don’t have to screen potential candidates themselves.
An update on the Action Group’s recent activities followed via a video from its chairman, Michael Hardy who was on a business trip to Poland.
On the subject of transport, Michael encouraged everyone to have their say on the threatened closure of the train ticket offices at Newark’s Northgate and Castle stations. The proposals are currently open for consultation on the LNER and East Midlands Railways websites.
In the third presentation, Councillor Keith Girling, Nottinghamshire County Council’s Portfolio Holder for Economic Development and Strategic Asset Management, gave an update on the council’s Nottinghamshire Plan 2021-2031, which is a working document based on the results of residents’ surveys. People are at the heart of the plan, which also includes businesses, infrastructure, digital connectivity, visitor economy and places, such as the regeneration of the town centre.
An exciting new project is the development of STEP fusion, a new low-carbon heat source, which is expected to be up and running by 2040 after the relevant infrastructure is put in place under a £4 billion investment.
Nottinghamshire County Council provides support for businesses in a variety of ways including one-to-one business advice, information on funding opportunities, and sponsorship of business awards, including the new Boots and Beret Awards for veterans who run businesses and companies that employ veterans. If you are looking for business support, you can email BusinessTeam@nottscc.gov.uk
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The new ‘Who gives a book?!’ slot was next. This month, Keith Girling recommended the classic book, How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie. A business card was drawn at random and the winner of a copy of the book was Sue Breedon of the Utility Warehouse.
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