Spring was in the air at the April meeting of Newark Business Club as a number of members announced new businesses, business anniversaries and moves to the area to more than 100 people in attendance.
Sponsored by Beaumond House Community Hospice, guests heard from Cathy Lowe and Cathryn Crane who spoke about the latest fundraising campaign.
After giving their presentation to the club, Cathy Lowe randomly selected a business card from each of the new and established members bowls. Gary Orgles from award-winning GOPHOTOGRAPHY, which is based in studios at Kelham Hall & Country Park.
Capturing everything from weddings to baby bumps and family portraits to equine and pet photoshoots, Gary’s built up more than 16 years’ experience in the industry and knows how to get the very best out of the shoot for his clients.
His commercial work is highly recognised and business headshots are prized for their connection with the client.
In 2017, he won the Master Photographers Association Photographer of the Year award in the East Midlands. Then, just last year, he was awarded the Master Photographers Association Commercial Photographer of the Year and The Under 5's Portrait Photographer of the Year awards in the East Midlands region.
Wreck the Mic with Leisa Pickles
Is public speaking more frightening than death? Lots of people find public speaking falls firmly outside their comfort zone. But when you’re representing a business, even your own business, how can you work on overcoming that fear?
Leisa Pickles explained how Newark Speaker’s Club works and how it could help people overcome their fear of public speaking and improve their confidence. The Newark club is made up of a friendly bunch of 15 members who are part of the Association of Speakers Clubs, which has 150 clubs across the country.
NBC Launches a Charity Initiative
With so many great charities in the town, the NBC exec have decided to establish a charity initiative, which will enable club members to support more local charities and give more charities an opportunity to raise awareness of their causes.
Club members and charities are invited to nominate themselves for consideration via email to firstname.lastname@example.org address.
Each quarter, three charities will be invited to take to the stage at a monthly business club meeting to talk about what they do and their latest fundraising campaign. Club members in attendance will be able to vote using their token.
The winning charity will receive a donation of £250, but all will be written about in the latest edition of the NBC hub newsletter as well as the roundup included in the Advertiser.
Executive members Simon Gabbitas and Amy Codd will deal with due diligence on behalf of the club and its members.
2019 AGM Update
Chairman Kerri Saxby delivered her first AGM to members as she reflected on the last 12 months, her first in the role.
As well as attending events and maintaining good contacts with several third parties to keep the club well informed on topics such as transport, planning and investment in the town, Kerri said the Exec and Action Group had keen their eyes firming on the business agenda locally, regionally and nationally.
She thanked members of the feedback they provided during a survey, which was conducted in the autumn. In response, she said, the club had hosted extended networking sessions, introduced a card machine for payments, started working with a new catering supplier and encouraged more people to take to the stage.
In the last year, the club has hosted Q&A sessions with the Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping, MP Robert Jenrick and members of our council. It has also sponsored Keep Newark Tidy and taken part in charity initiatives.
Kerri asked guests to refer to the back of the meeting agenda for the latest Treasurers report, which was kindly put together by Malcolm Ellison.
As well as the chairman, there are three further officers within Newark Business Club, the Vice-Chair – Simon Shaw, Secretary – Vicky Cozens and Treasurer – Malcolm Ellison. Each officer has confirmed that they are happy to continue to support the club in their roles and each was seconded at the most recent executive committee.
Those interested in working as part of the executive or the action group were asked to get in touch with James Fountain or Kerri, at any future meeting.
Kerri asked the club to join her as she thanked members of the executive and Action Group for their commitment to the club over the last year. She then went on to applaud a couple of our executive members who have recently retired their roles. Firstly, Steve Beeching, who has been with the club since day one and secondly, Lesley Pashley, who was our secretary until February. She invited Lesley on to the stage to present her with flowers from the club and Malcolm Ellison will deliver the gift for Steve.
That’s it for the April meeting.
The next Newark Business Club is on Friday 3rd May at the Everyday Champions Centre.
See you next month!