November 2017 Meeting Shorts

Newark Business Club

More than 90 business people attended the latest Newark Business Club meeting on Friday 3rd November.

Amy Codd, NBC Chair, welcomed a number of new attendees and invited the winners of the business card draws to say a few words about their businesses.

In the new attendee business card draw, Gilles Coulombeau from Coulombeau & Associates was selected. Meanwhile, from the established business club member draw Linda Booth from The Property Booth was chosen.

Linda, who is based in Fernwood, is passionate about working with landlords and tenants to create the perfect partnership.

The Property Booth aims to manage expectations, communication, legalities and disputes to make sure everyone is treated fairly and with respect.

After 25 years in the corporate world, Linda decided to change career and retrained as a letting agent in 2015. Bringing with her a wealth of experience of negotiating between big businesses, she understands the strength of creating an agreement between parties where each is getting a fair deal. In the world of lettings this involves careful understanding of the people involved as well as the property and its location.

For more information about The Property Booth visit:   

Hope for Children’s Bereavement Centre

Caz Froggatt from the Children’s Bereavement Centre got a round of applause as she took to the stage dressed in a bear onesie to deliver the sponsor presentation.

The charity offers a unique service to children, young people and their families, from Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire, who are affected by terminal illness, death or parental separation.

Caz, the Corporate and Community Engagement Coordinator, offered business club members an insight into the life of Hope Bear, one of the comfort bears which the charity provides to each young person in their care.

Hope and her brothers and sisters can help children and young people talk about their feeling as they go through the grieving process. Used in addition to other activities such as memory book making, the bears provide an outlet for children and young people to express how they’re feeling when they’re outside of sessions with a bereavement counsellor.   

In the last year the charity has supported 628 children and their families. Caz shared the Make Some Noise video with the business club, which told the individual stories of some of the children and young people the charity has helped and continue to support. 

Before she finished her presentation, Caz asked businesses to consider the ways in which they could help the centre in the future. From skill sharing to build capacity to fundraising days to help boost the coffers, the charity is open to receiving all sorts of support to help it continue to support children and their families.

For more information about the Children’s Bereavement Centre visit:

Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership Update

Justin Brown, Commissioner for Economic Growth at Lincolnshire County Council, took to the stage to provide an update to local businesses on the plans in neighbouring Lincolnshire and how Newark will be part of it.

Justin began by recognising the importance of Newark in Lincolnshire growth plans, as is marks the geographical crossover point for access to agri-food, the A1 corridor, manufacturing and the coast.

Common priorities for the local enterprise partnership includes, jobs, skills, automation, supply chain, transport, support, the links between education and businesses and hotel accommodation.

Justin celebrated a number of GLLEP projects which aim to support growth in the key priority areas, which include a skills capital programme, the Grantham Southern Relief Road and the Lincoln Transport Hub.

In regard to the visitor economy, Justin highlighted the importance of tourist attractions, the promotion of the area and the changing high street.

He encouraged club members to visit two websites which include lots of helpful advice to help business to grow and continue to develop. For more information visit:, and

Parish Notices

As she closed the meeting Amy reminded club members to submit their name if they wish to be considered for the position of Club Chair from May 2018. Interested parties should contact Simon Shaw in the first instance via

At the December meeting guests are invited to wear their Christmas jumpers. Prizes will be given to the owners of the best festive jumpers, so be sure to get involved!

Sponsorship Opportunities

Want to see your name on the big screen? Please contact Simon Shaw, Club Vice Chair, if you would like to sponsor a meeting. For a one-off payment, you will get 10-minutes in front of a range of businesses at one of our meetings and we’ll use your logo and business details in our marketing materials.

We’ll also give you a shout out on social media and share images of your presentation during the meeting before writing you up for a feature in the Newark Advertiser.

Want to join the club?

New to the area, just set up your own business or in a new role? Why not join us for our next business club? We’re a group of supportive, welcoming and approachable people representing a range of different disciplines and businesses from across Newark and the surrounding area.

The next meeting will take place at the Everyday Champions Centre in Newark on Friday 1st December, 7am-9am. Entry is £7 and includes free tea and coffee. Breakfast rolls are available to purchase during the break.

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