March 2022 – It doesn’t have to cost the earth to save the Earth

What an amazing way to begin March!

The fullest room we have had since March two years ago with over 90 people/businesses all wanting to build and develop their empires. We started off with a new intro not only sharing who we are and what we do but also recommending a business – it was heart warming to hear so many lovely comments and recommendations.

Experts in Sustainable Building Services.

Kicking off our speakers this month was Lee Marshall from Viridis Building Services.

Opening with their mission statement ‘Our creative energy goes into your building so it doesn’t cost the earth’, Lee took us through the timeline of Viridis and some fantastic case studies, from Newark Council Building to St Botolph’s Church.

Viridis know the importance of buildings and how every single detail in their construction or renovation has an impact on their users – and our environment. Working in partnership with architects, builders, project managers and their clients, they provide intelligent, innovative and, above all, sustainable building services to projects across a wide range of sectors.

From designing in core sustainable principles at the earliest stages, through to delivering low-carbon, low-cost lighting, water and energy systems, Viridis brings vast expertise, joined-up thinking and a pragmatic approach to every project.

Business Card Draw

Before the round table networking, James Fountain from Bazzoo brand and interactive agency was picked for our existing member write up prize and Danielle Wright from Chattertons was our newbie winner!.

Spotlight on Bazzoo

Bazzoo is an award winning Brand and Interactive Agency based in Newark. Established in 2004 they have over 18 years working with clients across the UK, Asia and North America.

They have built a reputation for creating work that is effective and creative across multiple channels bringing clients brands to life with tangible benefits.

Their experience covers a range of key sectors, retail, food & agriculture, tourism, the arts, law, engineering and third sector. Customer insight and the customer experience plays a key part in their service offer, where they develop marketing strategies for new and established businesses.

Bazzoo’s talented in-house team provide the full range of services including web design, exhibition stands and displays, design and print, social media, film photography and animation.

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Local projects include the design and installation of the Lawrence of Arabia exhibition at the National Civil War Centre, design of internal graphics for Castle House, new e-commerce website for Village Chic, e-commerce shop for G.H. Porter Provisions, design and print of leaflets and brochures for Totally Locally Newark and creation of marketing materials for NSK.

Further afield Bazzoo have organised and designed exhibitions with associated websites and brochures for Doddington Hall near Lincoln, The National Motor Museum at Beaulieu, St. Lucia Tourism website, UK Chamber of Shipping e-newsletters and digital brochures, website for Speedtrials and vehicle livery and film for The Lakes Free Range Egg Company.

Bazzoo are active members of Newark Business Club and have helped many start-ups businesses creating logos and simple websites.

They offer a start-up package which includes logo, business stationery, business cards and website starting at £49 plus VAT per month.

Examples of Bazzoo’s work can be found on or they can be contacted on 01636 821407 or

Proud to Serve

This month we had Matthew Ward, Newark and Sherwood District Commander as our guest speaker.

Matthew shared his journey with us of how he got into the Police Force and answered some questions from the room, including his most memorable arrest! Matthew’s role is to help set the tone for policing in Newark and Sherwood whilst also troubleshooting media and politics. We were very grateful to him for taking the time out to come and speak to us all

Charity of the Quarter winner

Last month we heard from 3 amazing charities as part of our Charity of the Quarter initiative. Each spent 10 minutes sharing the wonderful work that their charities do both locally and in their wider networks. Members had the opportunity to vote for their chosen charity to win an amazing £500 donation from Newark Business Club.

This month, the lucky winner was announced: Congratulations to the wonderful Beaumond House Hospice Care!

To nominate a charity for the next initiative, please email with the Charity name, Representative and Contact details.

Spotlight on Danielle,

Danielle Wright an Associate Solicitor with Chattertons Solicitors was this months lucky winner of the business card draw (new visitor). She has 19 years experience working with both businesses and individuals on all aspects of employment law and HR matters. This includes disciplinary & dismissals, discrimination & harassment, grievances, performance management, flexible working, redundancy & restructures, TUPE, restrictive covenants, whistleblowing, settlement agreements, ACAS Conciliation, Employment Tribunal claims and outsourced HR solutions. employment Law. Danielle likes to offer a pragmatic approach, so that clients have a clear understanding of what their options are and the best outcome for them, based on their needs.

Chattertons is a leading ‘Top 200’ law firm, based in Lincolnshire and across the East Midlands.

The firm provides a comprehensive range of legal and financial services, delivering first class, client focused and trusted advice to individuals and businesses from its offices in Boston, Grantham, Bourne, Horncastle, Lincoln, London, Newark, Sleaford, Spalding and Stamford.

In addition to their extensive range of legal and financial services for individuals, we have an enviable reputation for commercial work with particular strength in commercial property, corporate law, dispute resolution and agriculture.

Established in 1856, Chattertons is considered to be one of oldest law firms in the UK and as such we have forged strong ties with the local communities and businesses we serve. Many of their staff are school governors, trustees of local charities, and members of organisations promoting local business and development

Community Renewal Fund

Maureen Davison took to the stage next to share the Community Renewal Funded Pilot Programme. NewStart is a wage subsidy-based employment programme that aims to create 100 roles for long-term unemployed people over the age of 25 with local employers in the County and Nottingham City. If you’re interested to know more, get in touch with Maureen at:

Companies House Reform to help combat Kleptocrats

Robert Jenrick shared with us that there will be a register of overseas entities that own property created, something for estate agents and property companies to be aware of. He also shared that Companies House will be reforming shortly, moving from a depository of information to a proactive organisation that check the information of all registered businesses – which means we may have to re-verify our statuses.


Big thanks to Newark College for filming – they are producing some amazing coverage of these brilliant events, great work guys and it’s hugely appreciated. Remember to get in touch with them if you are thinking of having any video work done for your business.

Newark Half Marathon is taking place on August the 14th, contact Kathy Clark to get involved.

Newark Town Ladies Football Club is looking for support! Please contact for more information.

Global Innovation and Nimble Thinking with AJ Consulting – a free event on Thursday 14th April 9 am – 3.30 pm at Everyday Champions Centre

There are 2 workshops this month provided by Newark Business Club to support you in your application process for the Newark Business Awards:

Wednesday, March 9th at 6.30 PM – You’re a winner with Kevin Guthrie

Wednesday Match 16th at 8.30 am – 5 steps to creating a successful business award entry with Micheal Hardy

Next Meeting – Friday 1st April

We look forward to seeing you and remember to book you ticket using the link below. If you need any more persuasion there are great breakfasts available from our friends at Cox Events.


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