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More than 70 business people attended the latest Newark Business Club meeting on Friday December 1.

Having donned a festive t-shirt, chairman Amy Codd welcomed new and established attendees to the meeting, which was awash with Christmas jumpers.

In the new attendee business card draw, Kay A Gugliotta from Newark Showground was selected. Meanwhile, from the established business club member draw Laurence Childs from Jalapeno was chosen.

Jalapeno is a professional IT services company delivering high-quality operational management and business services to SMEs. The Jalapeno team understand that while the importance of well-maintained IT is paramount, the cost associated with an in-house staff member can be prohibitive.

Laurence, a senior IT systems consultant, helps support customers by enhancing current systems and business services.

With more than 40 years’ experience working with business, government and military clients, Jalapeno Business Services has the expertise to enhance your current systems and business services, deliver new capability and ensure continuity of services and performance.

For more information about Jalapeno visit:

Roger Blaney took to the stage to inform attendees of the limitations of the recent social mobility report and set the record straight for Newark and surrounding areas. Roger urged club members to speak passionately with their business contacts about the progress being made in the town and our extensive plans for the future. He said that the report was an opportunity to ask for Government help with those areas that were considered in need of improvement

The Future of Recruitment

Simon Gabbitas from Future Prospects Group delivered a very lively sponsor presentation during the meeting.

Future Prospects is an award winning online recruitment company based in the East Midlands.

Recognising the current economic challenges and the fight for talent, Future Prospects was formed to provide an effective permanent recruitment solution. The highly experienced team of consultants work across multiple industry sectors with a range of businesses throughout the UK.

As well as sharing more about the development of the company, which is now in its sixth year, Simon enthused about the recent rebrand (thanks to Brand Newark) and raised awareness of the training arm of the company.

The newly-launched website, called Future Learning, will enable business users to access over 100 online training courses, as well as enabling employers to offer continuous staff development courses to their teams.

Following the presentation, Simon gave away 12 vouchers for free GDPR training courses.

For more information about Future Prospects visit:

Money, Money, Money!

The Bank of England’s Regional Agent in the East Midlands, Alastair Cunningham, delivered a fascinating and informative UK economy update.

Alastair joined the Bank of England in 1994, taking over as agent for the East Midlands agency in February 2010 after spending 15 years as an economist and senior manager at the bank’s head office in London.

As the eyes and ears of the Monetary Policy Committee, Alastair spends much of his time taking soundings from businesses across the region.

MP Q&A Time

Newark MP Robert Jenrick joined the club for an update and brief question and answer session at the end of the meeting.

He touched on a successful Autumn Budget and the recently-publicised social mobility report, which he felt painted Newark in an unfairly gloomy light.

Parish Notices

Emma Holden from Holdens of Newark took to the stage to make people aware of Newark’s Santa’s Grotto. Based in a bespoke wooden lodge within Holdens, children are invited to visit Santa and take part in a range of festive activities this Christmas.

In addition to a donation of £200 from the Business Club, Santa’s Grotto has received local support from the Advertiser, Toymaster, Radio Newark, and Cre8 Studios. Funds raised through photos with Santa and activity sessions will be split between Beaumond House and the Children’s Bereavement Centre.

Amy thanked Emma Ashwin from Nettl of Newark & Redlime for coordinating the decoration of the business club’s tree as part of the Christmas Tree Festival in the Parish Church.

Sponsor a Meeting

Want to see your name on the big screen? Please contact Simon Shaw, Club vice-chair, if you to find out more about sponsorship opportunities. For a one-off payment, you will get ten minutes in front of a range of businesses at one of the club meetings and your logo and business details used in marketing materials.

You will also get a shout out on social media and images of your presentation shared during the meeting, plus a feature in the Newark Advertiser.

Want to join the club?

New to the area? Just set up your own business? Or in a new role? Why not join the next business club meeting?

It is a group of supportive, welcoming and approachable people representing a range of different disciplines and businesses from across Newark and the surrounding area.

The first meeting of 2018 will take place at the Everyday Champions Centre in Newark on Friday January 12, from 7am to 9am. Entry is £7 and includes free tea and coffee, with breakfast rolls available to buy during the break.

Get in touch via social media and ask a question or read through some of the recent updates on the website. Follow on Twitter or search for Newark Business Club UK on Facebook.

In the meantime, find out more about the club and sign up to receive the newsletter via the website:

Next meeting: January 12, 2018 -  The Everyday Champions Centre, 7am

A focus on Future Prospects Group - Our future starts here.

Future Prospects Group provide a range of innovative recruitment and training solutions to companies around the UK with a focus within Nottinghamshire and Lincolnshire.

As a multi-sector permanent recruitment specialist, the award-winning firm from Newark aim to be ‘an extended part of your team’ and their consultative approach to both recruitment and training has resulted in exponential growth for the business, with an exciting outlook for the future.

With a solid reputation within their existing customer base for quality and service, the recruitment team have just finished another fiscal year showing continued growth.

Current plans are to increase the team from their Newark-based offices in Fernwood, and they have two live vacancies for recruitment consultants with a focus within IT and engineering/technical.

The firm has also just announced the launch of a new dedicated training website, called Future Learning, which will enable users to access over 100 online training courses, in addition to showcasing a range of training courses and workshops that can be delivered onsite and tailored to the needs of businesses.

Simon Gabbitas, Business Development Director, Future Prospects Group, said: “This is an exciting time in the growth of the business and with continued investment in both the recruitment and training divisions, we are looking forward to continuing to support the needs of our clients in addition to working with some new customers in 2018.”

At the Newark Business Club meeting, they announced details of new online training courses becoming available. They also offered access to a free online overview covering GDPR and some of the changes coming in to effect from May 2018.

 Any business or individuals interested in this free course can email the training team at for further details.


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