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We’ve recently adopted a new cabinet governance structure and it was brilliant to kick-start our first meeting of the cabinet with a summary on how each service area is performing and where we can make improvements, writes district council portfolio holder for economic development and visitors Rhona Holloway.

It always amazes me how hard the staff at the district council work behind the scenes and I was delighted to share some highlights from what the council is achieving for businesses and the local visitor economy.

Following our successful bid in July 2021 for funding for Newark, we are now preparing a submission for projects in the parliamentary constituency of Sherwood (that is served by Newark and Sherwood District Council) via the government’s Levelling Up Fund (LUF).

Rhona Holloway, portfolio holder for economic development and visitors.
Rhona Holloway, portfolio holder for economic development and visitors.

Staff, members and our partners are working around the clock to prepare a bid with aspirational plans for the area by the submission deadline in July. Our successful bid for the Newark parliamentary area resulted in a grant of £20m towards the Southern Link Road (SLR), which we continue to lead, shape and influence decisions on.

To help economic recovery following the pandemic, we’ve also continued planning job fairs for local people to find new employment opportunities and for businesses to find new talent. There has been a reduction in unemployment for those aged 16+ and our figures are below England’s national average.

Our Invest Newark and Sherwood team also continue to offer a comprehensive package of support for local businesses, including business clinics for financial advice, the Business Resilience Programme and Business Support Programme and regular events. More information is available on the district council website.

On top of this, work is continuing on a number of projects in Newark town centre, including repurposing the Buttermarket and the redevelopment of the former Marks and Spencer building, which forms part of Newark’s Town Investment Plan.

It’s fantastic to see so much activity to drive Newark and Sherwood’s economic growth; and we always welcome feedback from residents so please do get in touch or take part in any of our surveys or consultations so you can have your say on the area where you live.



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