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March Round Up

March's meeting was opened by Chairman, Kerri McGarrigle, who invited Steff Wright from Gusto Homes to the stage. He's offering all Newark Business Club members the opportunity for some afternoon fun and fundraising at this year's Newark Monopoly Championship.

The event will take place at LetsXcape Together, Buttermarket, Newark on Friday 20 March from 2.30 pm – 7.30 pm.

If you're up for a bit of healthy competition, go to https://gustogroup.co.uk/monopoly/ to register your interest. It's a popular local event, and all 36 spaces will be reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis. 


This Month’s Sponsor

Wilkin Chapman LLP Solicitors were this month's sponsor, and Tom Martin gave us a 2020 update on employment law. 

Before the update, he did give us some advice on Coronavirus and how to tackle it from an employment perspective. He highlighted that the priority is to protect employees. Employers can do this by understanding what the symptoms are, establishing who might be travelling abroad and the location, cutting down business travel and using other communication methods where possible.

With regards to employee payment rights for self-isolation without symptoms and absence with symptoms, there's a lot of advice out there. You can find out more by visiting www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus

Newark Business Club committee hope you all remain safe and healthy. #washyourhands 

From Monday 6 April 2020, big changes will be made to the following employment law areas:

• IR35 – Private Sector

• Written Statement of Terms

• Holiday Pay 

• Parental Bereavement Leave

All employers should familiarise themselves with this new legislation. 

Tom told us that Brexit is yet to have an impact on employment law and we're still following the EU. It remains to be seen as to whether there will be a reform in this area or if legislation will remain the same. Only time will tell. 

If you're looking for ways to improve your HR processes, then Wilkin and Chapman can offer:

• Adapt HR – affordable employment and HR advice at your fingertips. Available 24/7 for a fixed annual fee.

• Adapt training – a 10-part series of training sessions that cover crucial employment law matters and help develop essential HR skills.

For more information, contact Tom Martin at tom.martin@wilkinchapman.co.uk.


And the winner is...

Moving on to this month's business card prize draw. The winning newcomer, who wins an advert in the Newark Advertiser, was Grime to Shine – auto valeting, while the winning established member was Paul Clayton at Healdi.

Healdi help SME’s and large businesses like yours to find, attract and gain new customers, while boosting sales with your existing ones.Paul says he is often approached and asked, “can you help me get more sales?”. His usual response is, “yes, however is your business geared up to manage a significant increase?” And this is where his specialism comes in. He doesn’t just help you to create strategies that bring in more sales, he coaches and trains you and your employees, getting you to a point where your organisation can manage the growth.

If you’re looking to take your business to the next level and would like to find out more about how Paul and Healdi can help, then visit https://www.healdi.co.uk/


Mind over Matter

After a round of table networking, Kevin Guthrie, health and wellbeing specialist, gave us some advice on how to tackle the negative internal dialogue that we often have a habit of listening to. 

He advised us to - Hear it, Challenge it and Change it.

Listen to your thoughts and write them down. If they're not healthy or helpful, be mindful next time you hear them and let them go. Try and recognise where those unhealthy thoughts originate from and if possible, leave the past in the past.

He challenged us to find ways to move forward, be brave, face fears and not to blame others for how we’re feeling. 

Excellent advice for us all to think about over the weekend.


Newark’s Blooming Lovely

Did you know that last year, Newark in Bloom and the initiative's committee and volunteers notched up over 3,000 hours’ worth of work keeping Newark looking clean, tidy and attractive to visitors? A round of applause, please.

And they're aiming for similar results this year. Vivienne Hall told us that they're hoping Newark will win the Large Town group in the East Midlands in Bloom competition. 

Many of you will have seen the beautiful sponsored floral displays around Newark when the town took part in the competition last year. This year will be no differentand there are plenty of business opportunities too. If you want to sponsor a floral display or volunteer to help keep Newark blooming, please call 07710039735 or email newarkinbloom@gmail.com. With spring just around the corner, now's the time to get involved.


Charity of the Quarter

Last month, you came, you saw and you voted for the three charities that pitched to be the next charity of the quarter for Newark Business Club.

The three charities that needed your votes were: 

• Newark Youth Trust

• Me & Dee Charity

• Wolfit Endowment Fund

We tallied the votes, and we're pleased to announce that the charity of the quarter is Me & Dee. They create special moments and memories for both children and adults who have a life-threatening, life-shortening or terminal condition. With thanks to the Round Table who matched our £250, the charity was awarded £500 for their Buy a Brick initiative that's funding a new holiday lodge in Edwinstowe. For more information visit www.meanddee.co.uk 

If you'd like to nominate a charity to be our next charity of the quarter, then please email chairman@newarkbusinessclub.co.uk


The meeting closed just before 9 am and we look forward to you joining us next time on Friday 3 April, 7 am, at The Everyday Champions Centre, Brunel Drive.

There are over 100 businesses at our monthly breakfast meeting, and we're all passionate about helping each other succeed. Pop along, we'd love to see you there.



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