January 2017 Meeting Shorts

Kerri Saxby from Shooting Star, reports on January’s meeting…

At the first meeting of 2017, Chairman Amy Codd welcomed new and established club members and kicked off proceedings by reflecting on the group’s successes since December’s meeting.

Amy congratulated those club members recognised during the Newark Business Awards and thanked Emma, Lesley, Kerri and Malcolm for decorating the club’s Christmas tree in the Parish church

Is it high time to grasp the Nettl?

Lesley Pashley and Jamie Hogue took to the stage to deliver the first sponsored presentation of the year. The pair, from Nettl of Newark and Redlime, engaged club members by asking them to think about marketing.

During a self-assessment activity, Lesley and Jamie asked how well people felt their brand identity was reflected by their logo, printed materials and website. The pair offered to help if people needed support to strengthen their marketing in 2017.

Join in the Action

James Fountain, Chair of the Action Group gave some encouraging feedback following the Rail Summit which took place on Friday 9th December. Six rail companies, including Network Rail, Virgin and East Midlands Trains, were represented during the summit, which was organised by Newark Business Club.

James reported that he felt the club’s concerns and proposals were listened to and that further investigation in particular the level crossing would be actioned by the rail companies.

Flair for Retail

Amy Codd updated the club in Elaine Ellis’ absence. She invited club members interested in supporting the Retail Group or those from retail businesses to attend the next meeting, which is due to take place at The Barge on Wednesday 18th January at 5:45pm.

Building for Success

David Lloyd from Newark Town Council gave the final presentation of the morning, which was a positive look at what the Town Council has been able to achieve in recent years and where it hopes to develop next.

David enthused about how Newark’s Christmas lights received rave reviews, especially on social media and that the lights in the Market Place are officially the largest free-standing canopy in Europe!

As well as continuing to support the many events which take place in and around the town, and attract local people and tourists, the council are hoping to increase opportunities to host events in community venues, such as the castle, the riverside and market place.

David urged businesses to get involved in plans to continue to develop the town, as a business centre, a community and a wonderful place to visit.

Business Card Draw – Sterling Capital Reserve

John Murphy, Commercial Financial Consultant with Sterling Capital Reserve was this months business card winner.

John explained that they have access to funders for most business requirements with one of their key areas of expertise being funding for commercial property. They have a successful and experienced property team who can assist clients.

This can include funding for commercial mortgages, property development finance or simple bridging loans.

Funding can be sourced for all sectors, subject to meeting lenders criteria, from healthcare to leisure; from a single buy to let to a full portfolio refinance.

They are not tied to any particular source, so just hunt for the best funding solution to meet their clients needs.

For more details contact Nic on 0115 9849800 or see more at www.propertyfunding.co.uk”

Sterling Capital Reserve is a broker not a lender and is Authorised and Regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority.