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Newark and Sherwood District Council hosted its third annual Economic Growth Conference at The Pumping House in Boughton.

85 businesses took part in the third annual Economic Growth Conference.

The conference hosted by Newark and Sherwood District Council at The Pumping House in Boughton aimed to support businesses and retailers in the area.

The district is supporting businesses through a series of programmes and events delivered over the year, including the Economic Growth Conference.

Economic Growth Conference
Economic Growth Conference

Regularly, it supports clinics and surgeries in partnership with Nottinghamshire County Council and NBV Enterprise Solutions for pre-startups and establishes businesses looking for advice, including financial advice and how to grow and expand.

Councillor Matthew Spoors, portfolio holder for sustainable economic development at Newark and Sherwood District Council, said: “To support the events we organise, the District Council also provides a free grant finder service, upon request, to identify any funding streams a business may be eligible for and access to data such as footfall and car parking.

“We have also made extra efforts to support businesses located on our high streets during this crucial time, such as providing free car parking at weekends from Saturday, November 26 until Sunday, 31 December in District Council owned car parks and frequent Shop Local campaigns including a Winter Wishes campaign to encourage people to visit their local town centres over the winter months.

“Also, through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, we have funded programmes which provided in-depth, expert-led advice to businesses through workshops, tutorials and 1:2:1 sessions. Recently, we've also launched our new Business Support Hub, where you can drop in for an informal chat with a member of the team every Tuesday from 11am to 1pm at Inspire Buttermarket Newark.”

"We are doing all we can to support businesses facing the cost-of-living crisis, and the Economic Growth Conference is another opportunity for businesses to learn more and grow in a sustainable way."

Councillor Matthew Spoors
Councillor Matthew Spoors

The theme of this year's Conference was Sustainability in Business, including how businesses can adopt greener practices for ways of working, create a strategy that incorporates the reduction of their carbon footprint and how this can reduce operational costs, increase brand recognition and reputation and attract potential investors.

Attendees at the Conference heard from industry experts about providing excellent customer service and reaching their sustainability goals.

They also heard how the District Council supports businesses in achieving their sustainability goals through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, particularly the Newark and Sherwood Accelerator delivered in partnership with The East Midlands Chamber.

The Accelerator Programme is designed to help businesses across the district reduce energy costs, become sustainable and innovate. Diane Beresford, the chamber's deputy chief executive, spoke through the various workshops available to businesses.

Keynote speaker Geoff Ramm
Keynote speaker Geoff Ramm

Mr Spoors added: "I was incredibly pleased that one of the key themes of our Conference was how businesses can realistically achieve their sustainability goals. It was great to hear so many conversations during the day focused on this topic, and it was even better to see so many attendees walk away from the day with legitimate actions they can use in their businesses and enthusiasm to implement them.

"Thank you to all of our speakers for such a fantastic Conference, and I am delighted that plans are underway for our 2024 Conference. We have now created an event that continues to support local businesses and drive growth."

Mark Duignan from Barcode Warehouse who attended the event said: “I really enjoyed the day overall, well organised, engaging and with a raft of useful info, hints and insights.”

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