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September Round Up

Newark Business Club Roundup

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September Meeting Roundup

Kerri McGarrigle, Chairman of Newark Business Club, opened this month's third virtual meeting live from a home of the future by Gusto Homes. With the promise of a day filled with wall to wall sunshine, she swiftly got the meeting underway.

This Month’s Sponsor

Seasoned Insights & Solutions sponsored this month’s meeting and Director, Ant Durrant, ran through a case study of a business he has helped steer in the past couple of years.

The long-established family business had a good reputation but found sales declining, so Ant mapped out the journey Seasoned Insights & Solutions took the business on. To start, he reviewed the customer base and categorised each one into one of three groups. They analysed competitors, reviewed customer engagement, developed their social media strategy, streamlined the services offered, developed the brand, innovated with Covid19 related products and an online shop.

The commitment to the journey has resulted in this business continuing to grow, year on year even throughout the pandemic.

For more details visit www.seasonedsolutions.co.uk

The Suthers School

Following the first break out room, Andrew Pettit, Headteacher of The Suthers School introduced us to Newark’s newest secondary school. The school has been running from a temporary site since 2017 and moved into their new building in the past month on Fernwood business park. The school serves Fernwood, Balderton, Middlebeck and the surrounding areas.

Their mission; “Empower our young people to be compassionate, self-respecting, independent thinkers with the academic, social and character strengths necessary to thrive in modern society.”

The focus isn’t just on academia, but also preparing students to thrive beyond the school gates.

Helen Wroe invited Newark businesses to engage with The Suthers School and help students develop real world experiences. There are lots of benefits for the businesses that become a community partner.

For further information you can contact Helen on email hwroe@suthersschool.co.uk

Guest Speaker

Our guest speaker this month continued the education theme as Colin Bentwood from Strategic Development Network educated the business club on the new T-Levels that are being launched.

T-Levels are a two-year technical programme where a student spends 80% of time in the classroom and 20% of time on an industry placement. The first three courses are just starting in construction, digital production, and childcare. Further courses are planned for the coming years in different sectors.

Industry placements are time (around 45 days per year) spent by a 16-19 year old student, learning and working in an organisation. Unlike an apprenticeship, there is no charge to the employer and payment to the student is optional.

There are great benefits for the employer and if you wish to find out more about how it could benefit you please contact Colin on email colin@strategicdevelopmentnetwork.co.uk

The Newark Update

The final word was from Councillor David Lloyd of Newark & Sherwood District Council highlighting the upcoming “Supporting Businesses in Newark & Sherwood” event and updating us on the Towns Investment Plan.

The TIP has been submitted to obtain funding and is the only one in Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire & Leicestershire. Initial feedback has been positive so far around the strength of the submission. Some of the projects include IASTI (International Air and Space Institute), Newark Construction College, restoring Newark Castle, expanding the YMCA on Elm Avenue, as well as logistics and supply chain development. This is part of a 30-year strategy.

Now it looks like Newark will be coming off the Government Covid19 watch list, there will be more campaigning regarding the opening of the high street. Free parking in council run car parks has been extended until 20th September, but they will need to be re-introduced at some point.

Neil Cuttell briefly spoke to state that he is working with Jill Brown, from Totally Locally, on a campaign for the town centre and measuring the footfall of Newark Town centre.

Kerri ended the meeting by celebrating some of the member’s personal and business milestones.


We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting on 2nd October.



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