Eighty business people attended the meeting of the Newark Business Club at the Everyday Champions Centre on Friday 5th May.
Club Chairman Amy Codd announced that she would be inviting all parties to attend the next meeting and that there would be an open forum ahead of the General Election on 8th June, for members to ask questions. Amy asked for questions to be submitted to her in advance where possible.
Amy delivered her annual report and reflected on the progress of some of the areas the club is currently lobbying as well as some of the more lighthearted activities we’ve undertaken in the last twelve-months.
From the EU Referendum debates and the Christmas Jumper Day, to the rail summit, We Love Newark campaign and the recent skills share, Amy was pleased with the development of the club and its activities and urged members to continue to get involved.
Before she left the stage, Amy was re-elected as chair for her third and final year and Lesley Pashley was re-elected as club secretary.
James Fountain, Chair of the Action Group, shared his frustration at the lack of progress made on suggestions to improve the safety and traffic flow on the roads in and around Newark and voiced his concern that if something isn’t done soon that Newark may become a no-go location, especially on a Friday afternoon.
He did praise Severn Trent for its scheme to improving sewage works across the town. James was pleased to note that businesses affected by the disruption would be compensated and that the overall communications by the water company had been very well delivered.
James shared news of big investment projects taking place around the town which would be making use of construction companies and boosting the jobs market as well as housing development plans.
Finally, James urged all businesses to look out for opportunities to be involved in the Tour of Britain when it comes to Newark in September.
If you would like to attend the next Action Group meeting please add 26th June to your diary and contact James for location details.
Malcolm Ellison presented the annual treasurer’s report to the club and advised that the recent increase in entrance fee helps the club to continue to lobby on a number of topics on behalf of its members.
This month’s sponsored presentation came from Kevin Guthrie from Mindcoaching Solutions, who began by relaxing everyone using a breathing technique.
As well as some alarming stats behind what stressed employees can cost, Kevin shared some insights into how we can all cope in such a busy world.
Kevin finished his presentation by setting everyone a challenge; to try and manage 12 hours in a food and digital free zone; to give themselves a pat on the back for at least three things they have achieved each day; and to stop three times a day and take four deep breaths.
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.
Keith Girling from Newark Patriotic Fund invited club members to take part in the 2017 It’s a Knockout Challenge on Saturday 24th June. Businesses are welcome to enter a group or come along and support from the sidelines with family.
Amy Rose and Kirsty Raywood from LIVES, a Lincolnshire charity which supports 700 volunteers who respond to 999 medical emergencies, attended the club on Friday and delivered a presentation about the vital care that LIVES delivers to the local community.
The charity, which has been around for 48 years, helps more than 21,000 people a year, that’s around 58 people every day.
Amy shared some startling statistics about survival rates for cardiac arrests, stating that for every minute you’re not receiving CRP after a cardiac arrest your chases of survival are reduced by 10%.
Thankfully, Kirsty took to the stage to show club members how to recognise people in need and the correct way to respond.
LIVES are aiming to train 10,000 people to deliver CPR in a campaign with BBC Radio Lincolnshire to improve survival rates.
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.
Robert Jenrick said: “NBC is the East Midland’s most successful business club, bringing together our diverse SME community and campaigning on the issues that matter to business.
“From roads to rail and skills and apprentices, to enable Newark to continue to grow and prosper. It also helps to keep us politicians in touch and hold us to account!”
The next meeting will take place at the Everyday Champions Centre in Newark on Friday 2nd June from 7am-9am. New members always welcome.
Entry is £7 and includes free tea and coffee. Breakfast rolls are available to purchase during the break. Bring your business cards.
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.