July 2021 Meeting Shorts

Kicking off July’s meeting, Chairman Kevin Guthrie welcomed members and ran through the meeting agenda.

Nottingham Business School – sponsor

Dr Lynn Oxborrow, Associate Professor at Nottingham Business School took to the stage as this month’s sponsor. During lockdown they have built a new building at NTU, the Dryden Enterprise Centre. They have supported around 450 SMEs since March 2020. The D2N2 UpScaler Project targeted growing businesses and they identified 250 SMEs that fit the criteria. Over the project, they committed 71 grants, placed 41 graduates with 70 new jobs created in total.

Help To Grow Management is starting in July 2021 across the UK and aims to assist 30,000 SMEs by 2024. The course is heavily subsidised but there is an investment of £750 to businesses.

Contact grow@ntu.ac.uk for further details about how NBS can support you and your business.

Guest Speaker

Adam Shaw from Inspire Learning. Inspire is a charitable community benefit society delivering cultural and learning services across Nottinghamshire including here at Newark library. The 16-19 Study Programme assists young people in a range of courses including traineeships and apprenticeships.

Mainstream education is not for everyone and it’s important to understand what is best for you.

Inspire are also a gateway organisation for the Kickstart Scheme which is proving a success for businesses and employees alike.

For more information about Inspire, visit www.inspireculture.org.uk

Member spotlight

Nic Pennock was the newbie name out of the hat last month. Nic is from Federation of Small Business working tirelessly to lobby the government on behalf of small businesses across the UK.

Neil Jones is our regular member picked out of the hat. Neil is a coach and mental health consultant that works with innovative companies to boost the mental health of your employees.

Action group update

Michael Hardy, Chairman of the Action Group ran through some of the issues that they have been tackling.

The Nottingham to Lincoln train service changed in June to an emergency timetable which meant a 20% reduction in service owing to the rolling stock not being in place and staffing levels are not sufficient. This is being kept in place until December but there is no guarantee it won’t be extended.

On 15th July there is a timetable consultation and if it goes to plan it should mean an increased service on the EMR.

The Action Group is looking for more members and are looking for architects or planners with experience in road networks.

Guest Speaker

Neil Cuttell from NSDC provided a quick update for the business club regarding business support grants. If you would like further information on the support that might be available for your business, please contact Neil.Cuttell@newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk

Guest Speaker

We are working towards the August meeting being back in the Everyday Champions Centre but it will depend on government guidance along with the venue’s capability. More information will follow in due course.

Our next meeting is on 6th August.

For sponsorship opportunities, contact chairman@newarkbusinessclub.co.uk