- VICE CHAIRMAN
February 24th, 2014
6pm at Aura Commerce and Technology Centre,
Manners Road, Newark
March 18st 2014
at The Moorings, Castlegate, Newark
For more information please contact Elaine Ellison
To help create and sustain an economic environment that will make Newark a vibrant and rewarding market town to live in, work in and visit.
Encouraging active networking and enterprise
creation within a business friendly
enviroment across the private and
- Establishing a long-term vision
for the town and a broad consensus to
- Defining, encouraging and
facilitating an appropriate retaul mix.
- Helping promote Newark as a distinctive
tourist destination and place to stay.
- Projecting Newark locally, regionally and
- Becoming an award-winning town within
Every flower tells a story
It reminded me of President
Obama with that famous sign-language
display. Steff Wright, the
powerhouse behind Gusto Construction,
did his entire February
sponsor presentation backed by a
silent demonstration of floristry,
writes Sara Chadd.
They say every flower tells a story.
So what’s the message? As Steff
waxed lyrical about rain-water collection
and his new extrusions facility,
the bouquet by Flowertime just got
bigger, almost hiding petite florist
But still we did not know why exactly.
Was there a Valentine’s proposal
in the offing? Then the reveal came.
Flowertime on Cartergate is Gusto’s
The beautiful bouquet was won
by Alison Williams from Lincoln
Keith Girling, action group chairman,
is making a play for ‘Brown
Signs’ to support Newark’s heritage
sites. I, for one, hadn’t even realised
that Newark Castle goes unsigned on
Question of the moment was: who
owns the castle? (because they also
own the signage). No hands went up.
A hushed audience pondered, but noone
had the answer.
Keith urged business folk to comment
on Newark and Sherwood District
Council’s new planning strategy,
now available. Maybe somewhere in
there the answer will come to light.
As everyone knows, Keith’s main
baby is the train service through
Newark. In the last month Newark’s
rail lobby has achieved a parliamentary
adjournment debate, getting their
point across about Newark’s need for
regular, punctual train services. Lincolnshire
folk could help immensely,
said Keith, by encouraging Lincolnshire
County Council to demand better
rail links to London via Newark.
They may not have known who
owns the castle, but the answer to a
different question was more forthcoming.
Who owns Northgate Station? It
took a South African who had travelled
from York that day to enlighten
us. ‘Fanatical about Rail’ Phil Verster
may not have expected the question,
but he had the answer. Although his
corporation, Network Rail, owns the
station, the sitting tenant at Newark
Northgate is train operator, East
Coast Trains, who take all the Newark
station revenue and all the suggestions.
Jim Bamford of Nottinghamshire
County Council told him: “You don’t
have the money to sort out the East
Coast Line, so we look forward to
working with you to finance this.”
Now that’s what I call a Valentine.
Finally, there was news of the death
of retail group founder Stephanie
Bilton. People were requested to wear
pink at her funeral.
The February meeting was sponsored by
Collingham-based Gusto Group.
Gusto group chief executive Steff Wright
gave members a 10-minute presentation
showing how the Gusto group had steadily
grown over the past 30 years into a local
business now employing over 100 staff and
operating across architectural and engineering
services, construction, residential
development and manufacturing.
|One of the 1200 boats manufactured by Rototek
each year for RS sailing.
||One of the many high quality homes built by
Gusto Construction over the past 30 years. The
company is at present building 30 new homes in
Collingham which will be coming to the market
||A 3D image of one of 18 new eco homes Gusto Group will
build this year on the edge of Lincolnshire showground.