With bonfire night on the horizon the November meeting began with a warm welcome from Chairman, Amy Codd.
Following last month’s call to action on the state of the rail infrastructure from James Fountain on behalf of the Action Group, Amy was pleased to announce that a rail summit is due to take place on Friday 9th December 2016.
Robert Jenrick MP has invited the local rail providers to attend and Amy asked members of the club to put forward suggestions to help elevate the problems which Newark continues to face
Following the usual meeting-wide introductions by club members and a few new faces, Jo Wilson from Fill the Gap Marketing (meeting sponsors) shared some key tips and advice on how to use marketing to grow a business or take it to the next level.
Jo urged business to undertake customer research and create a live marketing plan, one that is used to help steer the business every day, not just gather dust on a shelf. By using a range of marketing tools and communication channels Jo and her team help businesses grow. Something to consider to ensure a great start to 2017.
With thoughts turning to the festive period, Amy asked club members for their help in decorating the Club Christmas tree for the annual tree festival in the Parish Church. Members were invited to bring along their business cards to the next meeting to be included on the tree. Amy went on to ask businesses to bring along something that represents them, e.g. A calculator from an accountant or a mini tin of paint from a decorator.
Members can drop their decorations in to Ringrose Law from the 1st December or to bring them along to the December meeting. The committee will decorate the tree on Friday 2nd December. Any questions please contact Lesley or Kerri
With December firmly on the agenda, Rachel Wilson took to the stage and invited three of the four finalists in the Successful New Business category of the Newark Business Awards 2016 to join her.
First up was Louise from A Little Bird Told Me Emporium. Louise set up the business and February and has so far encourage more than 60 local craft people to showcase their work in her shop on Balderton Gate.
Next up was Linda from The Property Booth. Based in Fernwood, Linda loves property and people, her self-coined tagline ‘Landlords, we never forget whose house it is. Tenants, we never forget whose home it is’ sums up her passion for helping both sides of the table.
Finally, Robin from Everest Inn told club members how pleased he was to have been shortlisted in the Successful New Business. The restaurant, based on Castle Gate, offers Nepalese and Indian cuisine.