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Report from Newark Business Club’s second meeting of 2021

Posted onPosted on 15th Feb

Kerri McGarrigle, chairman of Newark Business Club, opened the February meeting of Newark Business Club with a note to say that Lesley Pashley is collecting unwanted laptops for local schools, writes Daniel Otton, of Buttercross Estates.

With just two more meetings to chair, Kerri reminded members of four new opportunities for members to be part of the Newark Business Club executive team.

If anyone would like to be the new chairman, vice-chairman, treasurer or head of Action Group, contact Kerri at

This month’s sponsor
Newark & Sherwood Community Lottery sponsored this month’s meeting and Andy Hardy ran through how the lottery will work and the benefits to the community, once it gets up and running in spring.
The initial launch event has seen over 70 good causes sign up. Tickets will cost just £1 and the draw made each Saturday.
People can choose the cause the funds go to and for each pound, 60p goes to good causes, 20p goes into the prize pool and 20p goes to cover running costs and VAT.
Newark and Sherwood District Council will administer the scheme and promote the lottery. It will also be looking for sponsors for bolt-on prizes for people to win.
To speak to Andy about the lottery or becoming a sponsor, email or visit to register.

Guest speaker
The guest speaker this month was Simon Akers, from ARCHMON, who shared some of his journey and how things aren’t always what they seem in business and life.

Life and success isn’t often a linear upward journey,he said. There are ups and down on the way but your outward life may not reflect your inner happiness and wellbeing.

Simon’s inner wellbeing came to the forefront when his worklife was in full flow and as it crashed, he sought help from the NHS.
What he learnt was that self deception is the worst deception of all. You need to work with the reality of the situation in order to move forward.

In the past 12 months the human race has faced a new challenge. Covid-19 is a big leveller and it is bringing mental health to the forefront. Whether it is privately or publically, it’s important to keep the conversation going and to check in with other people and help each other out.

A good tip he shared was to write down what you can and can’t control and focus on the areas you can control.
At the start of the talk, Simon asked members to share what makes us feel good. Exercise, getting outdoors, singing and just taking a break were all popular choices.

There are lots of excellent local services for help and support for mental health and Simon encouraged people to reach out as early as possible.

Action Group update
Chairman of the Action Group, James Fountain, shared some of the projects the Action Group have been influencing over the recent years and reminded members that if they would like to get involved, or chair the action group, then get in touch with one of the committee.

The next meeting takes places on Friday 5th March and those that are wishing to be considered for chairman need to put their name in the hat before then. Get in touch with Kerri at

New member shop window
Of the new members that attended the meeting, Adrianna McNulty was randomly selected to feature her business, Mosaic.
Mosaic comprises of physical and coworking office space for companies and individuals working in the digital business sector, as well as a membership offer for digital businesses located elsewhere.

It is hosting empowering events that strengthen the Lincolnshire digital community.

Mosaic creates an inclusive environment for the county’s wider sectors including: Manufacturing, Agrifood, Visitor Economy, Low Carbon, Health and Care, Ports and Logistics and Supply Chain, creating a platform for digital ideas to flourish, enabling these businesses to grow by saving time and money.

Find out more at