New home sets the scene for 2023

Meeting notes by Maria Broadbent (the Vinery Rolleston) with additional contributions from James Fountain

Visitors to the January meeting were full of excitement as they entered our new home for the first monthly breakfast and networking meeting of the year. We were greeted by friendly and professional team who made us most welcome. Business owners, charity representatives and decision makers from the public sector all took part in this dynamic networking event. As this was my first meeting (Maria), I was particularly impressed with how much was packed into 2 hours. The Chair, Kevin Guthrie, enthusiastically welcomed all those in attendance to the stunning meeting room with an impressively large screen. Supported ably with audio visual know how from Peachy Events. For anyone who hasn’t embraced the 6:45am start I can assure you it is well worth making the effort. A roving mike gives everyone the opportunity to introduce themselves to the entire room. There is also a 60 second slot for you to give further details about yourself and your business to those on your table

Hub for learning, creativity and exploration

Clare Janes and Adam Shaw explained about Inspire – a charitable community benefit society delivering Culture, Learning and Libraries across Nottinghamshire. Inspire have brought a brand-new centre to The Buttermarket, Newark, offering a whole range of inspiring courses, workshops, events and more!
Extensive renovations to transform the mezzanine floor with support from partners and building owners Newark and Sherwood District Council are now completed.

Inspire at the Buttermarket is a lively hub for learning, creativity and exploration and will be a valued venue for educational and cultural activities in the heart of Newark town centre. Working with Newark Library and new learning spaces at the YMCA activity village, Inspire intend to put make Newark the centre for cultural and learning activities across the county. Don’t forget both the YMCA, and Inspire in the Buttermarket offer meeting room space for hire.

Funding – For growth

The second presentation of the day was a hugely informative and clear to understand talk from Funding Round, one of our club Patrons. Lucy reminded us that businesses often have hopes but they also need plans. It’s important to review all aspects of your business and plan to improve.

The focus of Lucy Painter’s presentation was the need for clarity and pertinence of facts and figures when making a bid to secure funding. She gave examples of where previously declined loans were accepted after they had been turned down. Not only were they accepted but for more money and a lower interest rate. We are all experts in our field but cannot be good at everything! This is clearly a great example of when to talk to the professionals.

Club – on the hunt for new chairperson!

A few of the past Chairs of the Club

Kevin, our current chairman is standing down at the end of March and we will be looking for a new chair. The term runs for a maximum of 3 years and enables one to play a significant part in the local community whilst at the same time raising their profile. The chair has the support of an executive committee who help in the preparation of the monthly meeting and marketing of the club. In addition, the chair attends various business and community events or delegates this to other members of the committee. If you would like to find out more about the club and the role of chair please contact Kevin, Simon Shaw ( vice chair) or one of the committee or email

Helping the Community

Newark Business Club made a £500 donation to the food bank. Club chairman, Kevin Guthrie, said: “We found ourselves with a little bit of spare cash from a recent networking event.

Business Card Draw

Dan Craggs of YMCA was this month’s lucky winner of the business card draw.

YMCA Newark & Sherwood

Our stunning new Community and Activity Village needs to be experienced to be believed, which is why until January 31st, our new offer welcomes you to tons of classes across the Village for the price of a cuppa.

Come and explore a welcoming community, fitness, and wellbeing haven. With friendly classes, excellent facilities, and a café serving tasty, healthy treats, you get access to so much!

It is not a retail focused or town centre-centric club, nor is it a professional services only networking group.

It is a welcoming and fun group whose purpose is to provide a forum for local business people to learn from each other, find out about and lobby on key town issues or initiatives and to link-up to the benefit of all.

Here for Young People
We are particularly pleased to give young people across the region the opportunity to try some of the best equipment and facilities in Nottinghamshire for £1 an activity, including a full programme of classes to boost their physical and mental wellbeing.

Membership Offer
Join as a Trial Member, and you can buy as many discounted classes as you’d like, but this offer only lasts until January 31st. So make the most of it – and everything else at the Village.

Business Space

At the Community & Activity Village we also have open-plan environments suitable for teams or individuals to rent desks, therapy rooms that can be personalised and a range of meeting and conference facilities to book for your events.

Make the Village the new home for your business. contact dan for more information

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

Charity of the Quarter

Each quarter a charity is pulled out of a bowl, or as in the case this week out of Simon Gabitas (lead for Charity of Quarter) sons Bingo drum! The Wolfit Endowment Fund, Framework and Newark Women’s Aid will be asked to present next month and you will cast a vote for one to receive £500.

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Next Meeting – YMCA Village
February 3rd 2023 6.45am

We are pleased to advise you that from January 2023 we have a new home for our monthly breakfast meeting – YMCA Community and Activity Village , Lord Hawke Way, Newark on Trent NG23 4FH . Please park in the YMCA cark park shown below with an arrow.

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