October 2017 Meeting Shorts

Newark Business Club

It was a chilly, autumnal start to the morning as Club Chair Amy Codd welcomed 70 business people to Newark Business Club at the Everyday Champions Centre on Friday 6th October.

Amy, who had replaced her usual business attire with brightly coloured elements including a feather boa, joined other club members who had dressed loud for the day in support of Global’s Make Some Noise campaign to raise awareness and funds for a number of smaller charities, including Newark’s Children’s Bereavement Centre

Parish Notices

Amy thanked Bob Pointer and James Fountain (Bazzoo) for their work on the rail consultation paper which was sent to the Department for Transport on 28th September

Amy also updated the club on the recently sent letter of support for southern relief road, which she sent on the club’s behalf.

Following its recent renovation and official opening, Carriages, the cafe situated at the Newark Caste train station, provided cakes and sweet treats for guests to enjoy during the meeting. Newark & Sherwood District Council paid for the first 20 cakes and the rest were donated free-of-charge by Carriages Café.

Andrew & Co Solicitors

With a number of colleagues dotted around the room, Head of the Motor Law and Personal Injury team at Andrew & Co Solicitors, Michael Pace, took to the stage to introduce

Andrew & Co to new club members and provided an update to established members.


Michael began the sponsored presentation by adding his voice to the call for support for the Children’s Bereavement Centre, for whom his colleague Sue Leadbeater is a trustee.

As well as supporting charities, Andrew & Co Solicitors has recently increased its service offering in Newark, moving to bigger premises and taking on new staff to better support clients, particularly in the commercial property and corporate sector.

For more information about Andrew & Co Solicitors visit: www.andrew-solicitors.co.uk

Business Development

Wes Thompson from Silicon Forest invited everyone to scan the QR code shown on the big screen to automatically add an event to their calendars.

On 17th October Silicon Forest is hosting a talk about the repeal of the data protection act and what it will be replaced with. GDPR will affect all businesses and Wes hopes the event will help businesses to start preparing for the change in the law in March 2018. Attendees were invited to arrive at Castle House (opposite Newark Castle station) from 6pm.

Julie Reader-Sullivan reminded club members that business support is still available from D2N2, to help people improve and grow their businesses. Julie invited club members to attend an event on 16th November at Newark Beacon looking at home ‘Marketing is Changing’.

Action Group

Chair of the Action Group, James Fountain, updated guests with news of recent local planning applications. He hopes that a decision will be made on the future of the old Robin Hood Hotel so that developments can begin and that the planning application for Kelham Hall will be successful so that it can be preserved for future generations.

James alerted guests to the potential closure of the Custody Suite at Newark Police Station, which is already under way. James and the Action Group are concerned that if the suite is closed then anyone taken into custody will now have to be transferred by two police officers to Mansfield or Nottingham rather than remaining on site in Newark. The Action Group is in the process of contacting Paddy Tipping to call for the decision to be reversed.

James closed by inviting any interested parties to attend the next Action Group meeting on Monday 23rd October at 6pm at William Saunders.

Introducing Marika Riddick from Travel Counsellors

With more than 35 years’ experience in the travel industry and previous experience working for clients in the entertainment industry, Marika Riddick uses her specialist knowledge to arranging leisure and business travel for people from all walks of life.

Whether it’s a family summer holiday by the beach; a cruise; city break; ski break; honeymoon or wedding abroad; a coach tour; rail tour; a long-haul tour or a once in a lifetime holiday, Marika has the inside knowledge and experience to arrange a tailormade holiday or business trip for your specific needs.

Travel Counsellors uses the latest travel industry software and the my TC app has revolutionised how clients can view their bookings, including itinerary; e tickets; flight updates; transfers and excursions.

For more information about Travel Counsellors visit: www.travelcounsellors.com/marika.riddick

Each month the meeting sponsor pulls a business card from the hat for that business to get a write-up. Put your business card in the bowl on arrival to be in with a chance to get a write up.

The Future of Fuel for our Engines

Steve Beeching, from Newark Embroidery, has his engineer hat on as he shared some insights in the future of fuel.

By 2040 diesel engines will cease to be manufactured. In the meantime, drivers of diesel cars will be charged more for parking, via permits and in public carparks where a registration plate entry is requested.

Electric cars, though more cost efficient to re-charge are not without their drawbacks as lithium stocks are nowhere near as plentiful as oil and the tariffs for electricity usage are at the mercy of the energy companies.

Steve thinks he’s found a solution in hybrid cars. For more information about hybrid cars please speak to Steve – he can be found on the club’s Facebook page or direct email via the directory.

Derry Building Services – Built on Training

Derry Building Services (DBS) Director, Steve Burley, took to the stage to share how Derry Building Services has flourished in recent years.

From ongoing training to apprenticeships, DBS continues to invest in its 245-staff year on year, while also taking on some of the best-known building projects in the UK.

Recent project highlights for the building giant include the National College for High Speed Rail in Doncaster; Centre Parcs in Woburn, Bedfordshire; Warner Brothers Studio in Leavesdon, Watford; and St Georges Park in Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire.

Steve began his career at the building specialist as an apprentice electrician in 1972. In 28 years he rose through the ranks, gaining experience as an estimator, electrical contracts engineer and project manager before being appointed as Director in 2000.

He believes that by investing in the next generation and continuing to spot talented staff and support them into new roles within the business that the next generation of Directors and MDs are probably already working for the company.

Steve closed his presentation by encouraging others to recognise the potential of training and developing staff for the benefit of their businesses.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Want to see your name on the big screen? Please contact Simon Shaw 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 on our well circulated 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.

Join Our Club?

Started a new job or just moved into the area? 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 3rd November, 7am-9am. Entry is £7 and includes free tea and coffee. Breakfast rolls are available to purchase during the break.

Got a question about joining us? Get in touch via social media and ask a question or read through some of our recent updates. Follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/newarkbc or search for Newark Business Club UK on Facebook.

In the meantime, you can find out more about the club and sign yourself up to receive updates via the website, here: www.newarkbusinessclub.co.uk.