September 2016 Newsletter


There seems a penchant among Politicians to quote from the Communists of the past. First there was John McDonnell quoting from Mao’s Little Red Book during the Autumn Statement speech and last Friday it was Robert Jenrick quoting Lenin when describing the aftermath of Brexit “There are decades where nothing happens; and there are weeks where decades happen.”

During the regular Q&A slot, James Fountain, chairman of the Action Group, sought reassurance from Robert that Newark would remain front of mind when it came to support and investment.

The East Midlands is woefully under invested per capita in terms of rail investment and this needs to be corrected if we are to remain competitive.

Robert reassured members that he was working hard on behalf of businesses and that we had been promised a multi million pound investment for the dualling of the A46 around Newark and had pressed the outgoing Education Secretary Nicky Morgan to sign – off on the Newark Toot Hill Free School.

Black eye for cricket fan

A sheepish Dave Ashby, attended Newark Business Club with a corking black eye, not the result of a punch-up, but an injury sustained at England’s record breaking stand at Trent Bridge.

Dave was caught on the cheek by a six from Jos Butler in the world record victory against Pakistan. He said, “I was doing a bit of networking at the time and was not paying attention to what was happening on the pitch” – lesson learnt we think- he won’t get caught out next time!

Racing certainty

Southwell racecourse jumped at the chance to sponsor the NBC newsletter. Their racing colours will appear on the masthead for the next four months.

Be inspired

Forget about your worries and your strife – ‘be inspired’ and enter the Newark Business Awards – this was the jungle mantra from Rachel Wilson, from the Newark Advertiser, organisers of the annual business event.

Rachel played the BBC ‘Greatest Show On Earth’ CGI trailer to inspire members to enter this years competition. It is easy to enter, just go to Full details of the categories are available here and the closing date is 10th October at 10am.

To find out more or to reserve your place at one of the events, which are free to attend, please email or call Sue on 01636 655277.

Network with Francesco

Young professional are being invited to attend a networking event at the Atrium VIP.

The aim of the event is to provide an informal meet–up for professionals who are currently training or feel they could benefit from meeting other likeminded people in a relaxed networking environment.

The event sponsored by Duncan & Toplis is being held on Thursday 29 September 7-9pm. It is free to attend with prosecco and nibbles, Quiz and charity raffle in aid of Queens Medical Centre. To attend please contact

Jill is smart, be like Jill

Jill Brown takes her shopping very seriously and with over 70 Totally Locally Fiver Fest offers she can buy the Necklace for Claire’s birthday, wallpaper for the office, Book an eye test, buy a toy for her goddaughter, get some ‘early bird’ Panto tickets, some shampoo/conditioner, a new battery holiday watch, her shoes heeling (after all she’s been stomping the streets to make the most of all these offers) and it’s time for a Fiver Fest coffee & cake. Nearly done, now book family photo shoot for Grandparent’s xmas present, buy a new bedroom carpet, get a new outfit for Paul’s wedding and finally a glass of wine and some nibbles.

Make sure you’re like Jill and make the most of Fiver Fest on the high street and on the Totally Locally Retail app

Name change for cost reduction consultancy

Exciting times are ahead for Jill and Mark Brown as they rebrand their business cost reduction consultancy as “ Business Savings Experts “ effective from 9th September 2016.

With the motto “ saving money in your business is our business “ this independent local consultancy helps 9 out of 10 businesses save time and money on essential business utility costs finding savings averaging 23%.

For a free “business health check “ please contact Business Savings Experts on 01636 658779/07551 07551 122470/