Club Chairman Amy Codd welcomed eighty-five business people to the meeting of the Newark Business Club at the Everyday Champions Centre on Friday 5th May.
In her introduction, Amy updated club members with rail developments and confirmed that she had attended the first Sunday service between Lincoln and Nottingham on 21st May.
Andrew Rozzier and Damien Cliff from the Local Enterprise Partnership for Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire delivered an informative presentation about the support available to business through the growth hub.
Andrew advised that the hub was made up of experiences advisers who specialise in a range of areas to support businesses. Business leaders who want to access capital grants, develop their website, attend more events and networks, become more energy efficient or even get off the ground in the first place should contact the hub for guidance.
Andrew, Damien and the team at D2N2 are eager to help where they can and offered a complementary consultation to any interested businesses.
For more information please visit www.d2n2lep.org
Sarah Robinson from Newark MIND took to the stage and gave a short presentation on the importance of addressing the stigma of mental health.
In the workplace, poor mental health costs businesses £8.4bn in sick days each year and with one in three people likely to experience poor mental health at some point in their lives MIND is encouraging employers to do more.
MIND is offering tailor-made training courses for employers and employees to help raise awareness of the importance of good mental health, recognise the signs of poor mental health and put in place opportunities for support if they are needed.
For more information please visit www.newarkmind.co.uk
In the final session of the morning the club welcomed three of the four parliamentary candidates for Newark; Xandra Arundel (UKIP), Robert Jenrick (Conservatives) and David Watts (Liberal Democrats). Each candidate was given an opportunity to address the club and then take questions from the floor.
To watch the live videos of the candidates please visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/NewarkBusinessClub
Registration is still open to take part in the Chase the Rainbow 5K on Wednesday 14th June in aid of Beaumond House.
Keith Girling from Newark Patriotic Fund invited club members to attend the 2017 It’s a Knockout Challenge on Saturday 24th June.
At the next meeting there will be a tug-of-war during the coffee break in aid of Help for Heroes.
Fancy seeing your name on the big screen? Please contact Simon Shaw if you would like to sponsor a meeting. For a one-off payment, you can deliver a presentation to a range of businesses in Newark and see your logo on marketing materials which are circulated by the club. 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.
This month Susie Chambers from Swing Nouveau attended the club to promote Newark Book Festival. Susie’s business card was drawn from the new attendee bowl by Andrew Rozzier.
Taking place on 15th and 16th July in venues across the town, Newark Book Festival has something for everyone, including author events, pop up activities and street theatre. International bestselling author Matt Haig has recently been announced as one of the writers in attendance.
Sponsorship packages are available and local business are encouraged to get involved. Tickets for a range of talks will be available from the Palace Theatre once the programme is launched on Monday 12th June.
For more information about Newark Book Festival please visit the website www.newarkbookfestival.org.uk or see updates as they happen via social media.
Fancy networking with likeminded business people and making better business links in Newark and the surrounding area? Then Newark Business Club is a great place to start.
The next meeting will take place at the Everyday Champions Centre in Newark on Friday 7th July, 7am-9am. Entry is £7 and includes free tea and coffee. Breakfast rolls are available to purchase during the break.
New members always welcome, just bring your business cards and we’ll make you feel right at home.
In the meantime, you can check out the club and its members via the website www.newarkbusinessclub.co.uk, follow us on Twitter www.twitter.com/newarkbc or join the Facebook group. Just search for Newark Business Club.