Past Events

Aug 03 2018

Special Summer Event - Robin Hood Town Tour

  • Date: 03 Aug 2018
We’ve organised a special event for members & non-members on Friday 3 August 2018 – The Nottingham Town Tour with Ezekiel Bone, otherwise known as Robin Hood.

On this tour you will have the opportunity to follow the trail of historical facts and learn about how simple ballads that are over 700 years old grew into one of the greatest stories ever told.

Tour will be  followed by a cold buffet and drinks at The Castle Pub.


Timetable:
14:30 -15:00 - Registration at The Cross Keys
15:00 - Tour official starts taking in the Lace Market area
15:45 - Pit stop at The Old Angel
16:00 - Continue the tour taking in the Old Market Square area and making our way up to the Ye Olde Salutation Inn
16:40 - 17:15 – Short refreshment break at Ye Olde Salutation Inn and a look at the caves.
17:15 – The tour continues towards the Castle gates, past the Robin Hood statue and on to the Trip to Jerusalem.
18:00 - Official tour ends
18:15 Buffet and drinks at The Castle Pub

Bookings close on 30 July 2018. 
May 19 2017

19 May lunch - AGM.

  • Date: 19 May 2017
AGM will take place before lunch 
Dec 09 2016

9 December Christmas Lunch

  • Date: 09 Dec 2016
From Porridge to I’m a Celebrity, Christopher Biggins has graced our screens for over thirty years. This multi-talented actor, humorist, writer and general raconteur counts the world’s most glamorous stars as his best friends and brings his own inimitable sense of humour and warmth to any event.
 

Sep 16 2016

16 September 2016 lunch

  • Date: 16 Sep 2016
Ian Baxter is a former project finance lawyer who took over the helm at freight business The RH Group Ltd in 1995. Ian led the £30m turnover  company, established by his father in 1971, through a period of generational and cultural change followed by significant expansion. Ian led a buyout with his brother Andrew in 2005 and sold the business to Kuehne + Nagel in 2011. By then the company employed 700 staff and had annual sales of £150m. Ian re-joined the freight industry by starting Baxter Freight in 2014. The new business employs 50 people and has a turnover of £10m.

Ian writes about business, capitalism and Europe for Start your Business magazine and the Huffington Post and has featured on The One Show, BBC Breakfast, BBC, ITV and Sky News, The Simon Mayo Show, CNN and on LBC among others.

Ian will tell the story of the twists and turns of his career and explain how all of us can contribute to building a better, motre sustainable capitalism in the future.
Apr 15 2016

15 April lunch

  • Date: 15 Apr 2016
The UK Football industry and football in general generates huge interest locally, nationally and internationally. Notts County FC are known across the globe as the world’s oldest league football club. Using the power and draw of football Ian and Tim will look at the work being carried by the club through their Football In the Community Scheme. Recognised as one of the best schemes in the country the club uses football as a means to deliver a range of innovative programmes that make a positive difference to people in Nottingham, raising aspirations and supporting some of the most disadvantaged, marginalised and talented people across the city

Ian Roberts is a founder Director of SLR Consulting Limited which is now one of the world’s largest environmental consulting organisations operating across 5 continents. With SLR Ian has experience across a number of sectors including power, oil and gas, mining and minerals, infrastructure, industry and the built environment. Ian has been involved in Nottinghamshire amateur team sports for most of his life as a player, manager and administrator. A lifelong fan, Ian joined Notts County in 2012 acting as an advisor to the board on a range of football, business and community issues. Ian is also a Fellow of the Institute of Directors and for the last 4 years has served as an East Midlands Regional Councilor for the Confederation of British Industry (CBI).  

Tim Hatton is a Senior Manager at Notts County Football in the Community. Tim is responsible for managing and developing the business and media teams. He is also responsible for the funding and the profile of the organisation working with charitable trusts, corporate and public organisations. He is responsible for the implementation and monitoring of schemes aimed at providing high quality, accessible and life-changing, development opportunities that change people’s health, confidence and skills.  
Mar 18 2016

18th March lunch

  • Date: 18 Mar 2016
Building on her experience of leading complex change in organisations such as British Airways, the National College for School Leadership and Capital One, Sarah founded We Are Unstuck in February 2013 to help to unlock the creative potential of teams and entire businesses to deliver innovation.  

Based in Nottingham’s Creative Quarter, We Are Unstuck’s growing client base includes Red Bull, Camelot, Penguin Random House, Browne Jacobson and the Creative Quarter.

Sarah will share recent research, which shows that businesses who embrace creativity outperform their competitors in revenue growth and market share.  These businesses are also more likely to create inspiring workplaces where individuals and teams thrive.  Sarah will go on to share tangible and workable  insights on how to nurture creativity in yourself and your teams thereby creating businesses which are nimble and able to adapt to the increasing demands of doing business in the 21st century.
Feb 19 2016

19th February lunch

  • Date: 19 Feb 2016
MediCity is based on the Boots campus at the centre of the new Enterprise Zone and is part of the BioCity Group, one of Nottingham’s biggest landlords and Europe’s largest life sciences incubator.

Launched two years ago, MediCity is an incubator designed to provide a stimulating and supportive business development environment for innovators in consumer healthcare, medical technology, diagnostics and beauty products.  Its community now contains 30 entrepreneurial companies.

David applies more than thirty years of healthcare experience to MediCity, harnessing entrepreneurship to meet healthcare challenges by creating the optimal environment and personalised support for innovators. He trained as a Biomedical Scientist within the UK National Health Service and developed clinical diagnostics within Amersham International and J&J.
 

David will discuss how he is leveraging his knowledge and experience to help entrepreneurs solve the healthcare challenges and will also highlight some interesting investment and export insights following a recent trip to China.

Jan 15 2016

15th January lunch

  • Date: 15 Jan 2016
Stephanie has worked in theatre for over 30 years as an actress, stage manager, playwright, comedy club compere, flyman administrator, tour booker and press agent.

Since 1992 she has worked primarily in venue programming and management at venues such as The Hackney Empire, Sadler’s Wells, Merlin Frome, Blackpool Grand Theatre and Nottingham Playhouse. She has an extremely varied role and is responsible for Business Performance Management as well as constant Change Management.
 

Stephanie will talk about how and why they make theatre and how they ensure they can take creative risks whilst ensuring the playhouse remains financially stable.
In addition, she may share some back stage gossip!
Dec 11 2015

11 December - Christmas Lunch

  • Date: 11 Dec 2015
Edwina became Member of Parliament for South Derbyshire in 1983 in Margaret Thatcher’s heyday. She was Minister of Health but resigned over the salmonella in eggs issue. She retained her parliamentary seat for 22 years, losing it when Tony Blair swept to power in 1997. She is an author and so far she has written 11 books including top selling novels and her diaries. Edwina’s third career is in the media. She is a well known commentator appearing regularly on BBC Radio and Sky News. She has also won Celebrity Mastermind and has been on Strictly Come Dancing, I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here and many prime TV shows.
Nov 13 2015

13th November 2015

  • Date: 13 Nov 2015
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Oct 16 2015

October 16th Lunch + Bank of England Roundtable

  • Date: 16 Oct 2015
Strategic development managing director at Experian Steve Thomas was the guest speaker at the recent Nottingham City Business Club lunch which was attended by around 80 people.

He spoke about the growth of Experian and its future plans. He also shared his thoughts on how Big Data insights on consumers and SMEs can inform businesses of all sizes and outlined what distinguishes Nottingham from the rest of the UK.

“It’s a pleasure to support SMEs, entrepreneurs and innovators in Nottingham and share some insights that could be useful to them,” said Steve Thomas.

The lunch followed a Bank of England roundtable event when Alastair Cunningham, the bank’s agent for the East Midlands sought views from members on a range of issues including growth, price sensitivity and the living wage. 

Sep 18 2015

September 18th Lunch

  • Date: 18 Sep 2015
David Robinson OBE, president of Speedo International, will be our first guest speaker when monthly lunches recommence in September following a summer break.

David has been with the world’s leading swim-brand, Speedo, for 20 years, during which time he has enjoyed a successful rise through the company, from sales person in 1995 to president in 2008.

In June 2013, David was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list in recognition of his contribution to the economic development of the East Midlands region.

David is also a non-executive director of the Commonwealth Games England organisation and advisor to the Mitre football business.
Jul 17 2015

July 17th Lunch

  • Date: 17 Jul 2015
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. His current role – acting as the eyes and ears of the Monetary Policy Committee is the most rewarding yet, giving an unrivalled opportunity to test economic theories against the real world.  He has an MSc in Economics from the University of Glasgow and a degree in History and Economics from Oxford University.
Jun 19 2015

June 19th Lunch

  • Date: 19 Jun 2015
At our June lunch this year we were joined by guest speaker, Professor Sir David Greenaway, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nottingham.

Having forged an indisputably impressive career to date, Professor Sir David Greenaway received a knighthood for services to Higher Education in Her Majesty The Queen’s 2014 Birthday Honours list and was awarded an Honorary Citizenship of Ningbo, China, in September 2012. 

Professor Sir David Greenaway was appointed Nottingham’s sixth Vice‑Chancellor in 2008, having previously been a Pro-Vice-Chancellor of the University for both Research and Infrastructure.

A Professor of Economics, David was the founding Director of the Leverhulme Centre for Research on Globalisation and Economic Policy.  His research interests lie primarily in the fields of trade and labour market adjustment, cross-border investment, and international trade policy. 

Further to his role as a Professor of Economics, Sir David: 
  • Has acted as a consultant to the World Bank, the European Commission and the United Nations.
  • Was Chair of the UK Armed Forces Pay Review Body from 2004 until 2010
  • Was appointed as Honorary Colonel of the East Midlands Universities Officers Training Corps In 2013
  • Was a member of the Government’s Asia Task Force and is currently a member of its Higher Education Task Force.
  • Is Chair of CASE Europe
  • Is a member of the National Centre for Universities and Business Leadership Council.
  • In 2013, Sir David completed ‘Shape of Training’, a national review of UK postgraduate medical education and training in 2013 
May 15 2015

May 15th Lunch + AGM + BITC Give & Gain Day

  • Date: 15 May 2015
Friday 15th May was a busy day for the club. It began with our annual general meeting, at which Nic Elliott, director at Actons law firm was elected club president, taking over from Jonathan English, managing director of Skeleton Productions.

This was followed by a special event to celebrate Business in the Community’s Give and Gain Day. We welcomed around forty Year 9 and Year 12 business students from local education institutions to network with club members. The aim was to
 provide the students with insight, inspiration and connections to fuel their future careers.

Then, at our usual May lunch, Mark Del, founder of Nusic, spoke to attendees about the bubbling music scene in Nottingham, why it is so important to the local economy and how businesses can get involved in it. 
 
Nusic supports and promotes local acts - one of their key success stories being Jake Bugg - and lobbies for local organisations to show their support for the Nottingham music scene, too.

With so much going on, it was a brilliant day and we thanks everyone involved. 

Apr 17 2015

April 17th Lunch

  • Date: 17 Apr 2015
At our lunch on April 17 2015, we were joined by guest speakers, Professor Ted Cantle CBE, DL and Heather Mayfield, Trustees of the Nottingham Castle Trust. The Castle Trust is a board set up to direct a £24m investment scheme for Nottingham Castle.

The lunch was a great opportunity for members of Nottingham’s business community to get an update on the progress of the scheme, plans for which were influenced by an extensive public consultation and are based on three themes: ‘1000 years of history’, ‘Rebellion and Democracy’ and ‘The Creative City’.

The aim of the plans is to transform Nottingham's historic castle into a world-class centre of learning, heritage and culture.

Jonathan English, club president, said: “It was great to see so many people attend the lunch at which we were given an insight into the exciting plans for Nottingham Castle. We can’t wait to see these come to fruition and extend our warmest thanks to Ted and Heather for their time.”


Mar 13 2015

March 13th Lunch

  • Date: 13 Mar 2015
Richard Ardis grew up in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. He began his work as a journalist in Belfast and presenting with BBC NI. 

Upon completing a Masters in Media Management at University of Stirling, Richard joined Music and Entertainment company, Global in London. He’s worked with the biggest advertisers in the UK market and specialised in innovative and compelling creative solutions on radio, online and on new digital platforms.

In 2014, Richard relocated to Nottingham as MD of Global Radio in the East Midlands, looking after radio brands such as Capital, Classic FM, Heart, LBC, XFM, Gold, Smooth and LBC which talk to 23m listeners every week. 

Richard will be talking about National brands, delivered locally. How Global Radio creates compelling content to connect with Nottingham.
Feb 13 2015

Feburary 13th 2015

  • Date: 13 Feb 2015
Toby Reid is director of BioCity Nottingham, one of Europe’s largest incubators of life science companies. He is responsible for creating and maintaining the environment to nurture the success of BioCity companies. He is also a member of the Creative Quarter Board and responsible for the delivery of Nottingham’s Next Business Generation programme.

Previously, Toby ran Growth Investment, an East Midlands network of various funders and advisers, established to make business owners aware of the opportunities to raise finance and to collaborate to help get deals done. He consulted with HM Treasury on the latest Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme and has continually championed the need for early stage venture capital.

Séverine Bernasconi is a Counter Terrorism Security Adviser and will be talking to us about:

- Awareness re terrorist/extremist threat in the UK
- The significance for your business and your staff
- The importance of vigilance and reporting
Jan 16 2015

16th January 2015 Lunch

  • Date: 16 Jan 2015
Kenneth Clarke has been the Member of Parliament for Rushcliffe since 1970. 
He has held Ministerial office as Secretary of State for Health, Secretary of State for Education and Science, Home Secretary, Chancellor of the Exchequer, Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice.

Following the Government reshuffle in 2012 until July 2014 he served as Minister without Portfolio, working to develop key trade relationships on the Prime Minister’s behalf. He had an advisory brief on the economy and also sat on the National Security Council.  

He returned to the back benches in July 2014
Dec 12 2014

December Lunch

  • Date: 12 Dec 2014
The 2014 Christmas lunch (Friday 12th December) is set to sell out even faster than last year, thanks to the usual festivities including a charity raffle, silent auction, full Christmas lunch with all of the trimmings and not least for an after lunch speech from our guest speaker John Sergeant.

John Sergeant (born 14 April 1944) is a British television and radio journalist and broadcaster. He was the BBC's Chief Political Correspondent from 1992 to 2000 and the Political Editor of ITN from 2000 to 2002.



Nov 21 2014

November Lunch

  • Date: 21 Nov 2014
David Ralph, CEO, Local Enterprise Partnership
Oct 17 2014

October Lunch

  • Date: 17 Oct 2014
Simon Beatham is Director of Rugby at Nottingham Rugby Club and Managing Director at Trent Build.

Simon will be talking about t
eam performance and what makes this work. Comparing the different approaches in business and sport – concentrating on the emotional preparation within a sports team and how this might apply in the working world.

Sep 19 2014

September Lunch

  • Date: 19 Sep 2014
Karl Hilton, Managing Director, Crytek
Jul 18 2014

July Lunch

  • Date: 18 Jul 2014
At this lunch Pamela will cover economic growth over the past year, prospects for growth and inflation going forward and where that leaves the interest rate policy decision.

Pamela Wright was appointed Deputy Agent for the East Midlands in March 2010. Prior to that, she was Deputy Agent in Northern Ireland for six and a half years, following two years working in Monetary Analysis in the Bank's Threadneedle Street Head Office. Immediately prior to working at the Bank of England, Pam was Director of Economics and Research at the British Retail Consortium, where she worked for 5 years. Before this, she worked in the commercial property sector as a Senior Investment Analyst.
Jun 27 2014

90thAnniversary celebration!Please note this is an evening event

  • Date: 27 Jun 2014

NCBC 90th Anniversary Celebration at Trent Bridge 27/06/2014

The Nottingham City Business Club will be celebrating its 90th anniversary in style at the iconic Trent Bridge, 7-10pm on Friday 27th June. 

Featuring drinks on arrival, canapés throughout the evening and top live entertainment from the Hasta la Huego Sunshine Band, this is one NCBC event not to miss. Partners, colleagues and friends are all welcome.

Join us as we celebrate this important milestone for the Nottingham City Business Club.

Jun 20 2014

June Lunch

  • Date: 20 Jun 2014
Serving as Lord Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, Sir John was honoured earlier this year at the Midlands Business Awards 2014 for his lifetime contribution to Midlands business. His incredible record of achievement sees him sit as Chair of the Board at three FTSE 100 companies: Experian, Burberry and Standard Chartered.

Sir John is planning to speak on two topics and would be happy to then take some questions:

1.  The global outlook, the importance of trade and growing the UK economy, the importance of SMEs and how this affects Nottingham.

2. The Nottingham Growth Plan and the needs of the City, commenting on future skills, education and investment.

​The event is held in Nottingham City Centre at the Park Plaza Hotel on Maid Marian way from​and will take the following format:

11.45 - 12.30 - Arrival and Networking
12:30 - 13:45 - ​Lunch
13:45 - 14:20 - Speaker & Questions
14:30 - Finish


May 16 2014

May Lunch and AGM

  • Date: 16 May 2014
They will be sharing how this family run business has evolved since its beginnings in the 1960s through to the modern day auction house it is today.

Built on solid foundations with over 45 years trading history, the company has become one of the largest independent auction houses in the UK.

The lunch will be proceeded by the Club’s AGM which takes place at 11am and to which all members of the club are invited.
Apr 11 2014

April Lunch

  • Date: 11 Apr 2014
tbc
Mar 21 2014

March Lunch

  • Date: 21 Mar 2014
tbc
Feb 28 2014

Special Charity Lunch for 90th anniversary

  • Date: 28 Feb 2014
We are delighted to be able to announce that we are kicking off our 90th anniversary celebrations with a special charity lunch on Friday 28 February where the world’s greatest living explorer, Sir Ranulph Fiennes will be the guest speaker. 
Sir Ranulph, OBE is a British adventurer and record-breaker and will share some of his amazing experiences that span his 40 years as Britain’s most famous explorer. Fiennes has led 15 expeditions across some of the harshest environments in the world that have raised £14 million for a variety of good causes and in 2010 he was named as the UK’s top celebrity fundraiser by JustGiving. 
You will be able to hear about some of his inspiring achievements including; the Land Rover 7 x7 x 7 challenge where he ran 7 marathons across 7 continents in 7 days, conquering Mount Everest and crossing both polar ice-caps and making an unsupported crossing of the Antarctic continent.  
Sir Ranulph has also written a number of books about his experiences and will be signing copies of his latest book ‘Cold – Extreme Adventures at the Lowest Temperatures on Earth,” at the lunch. 
This special anniversary event is also raising money for the Children’s Air Ambulance, with a percentage of the ticket price going to the charity.  
The format and price of this event will be different to our normal lunches:·        
from 11.30am – arrival with Bucks Fizz for everyone
·        
12.10pm - Welcome and Introductions
·        
12.15pm to 1.00pm – Talk from Sir Ranulph Fiennes
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1.00pm to 1.45pm - Lunch - a 2 course Chino Latino inspired meal plus tea/coffee
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1.45pm to 2.00pm - Closing remarks and book signing
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2.00pm finish.
 
To reflect the quality of the speaker and to raise funds for the Children’s Air Ambulance who have organised the speaker for us, the price of the lunch will be £39.50 for members and £49.50 for non members.
Feb 14 2014

February Lunch

  • Date: 14 Feb 2014
Judy is probably best known for bringing the St Tropez self tanning range to the UK, building the brand into the market leader within the UK through a combination of strong sales, marketing and PR. 
She began in the humble surroundings of her father’s fruit shop but even in her early days she showed signs of future success by demonstrating her keenness to sell!  Her experience in the beauty industry saw her key to the success of other brands including Australian Bodycare, Decleor and Darphin and she also launched St Tropez in Europe.  
Now officially retired, she is still on the board at many companies and maintains interest in businesses including Airbase Airbrush Make-Up which is now run by her son, Lloyd.   She is also the chairman of the Maggie’s Nottingham Campaign Board.
 
Becky Valentine of Nottingham-based property developers, Spenbeck and one of Nottingham City Business Club’s newest members said“I had the great pleasure of hearing Judy Naake speak a few years ago and her St Tropez story is one of determination, inspiration and humour.  It will strike a chord with everyone and I am very excited to listen to her accomplishments once again at the next lunch.” 
“I am really looking forward to welcoming Judy to the club and hearing her story,” said Dianne Allen, president of Nottingham City Business Club.  “We are very privileged that she has agreed to speak and share her experiences - I am sure that she will be a popular speaker.” Sponsored by Mazars, the event takes place takes place at the Park Plaza on Maid Marian Way and begins at 12.00noon for lunch at 12.30pm.
Jan 17 2014

January Lunch

  • Date: 17 Jan 2014
tbc
Dec 13 2013

Christmas Lunch

  • Date: 13 Dec 2013
This well known TV and radio presenter will be regaling guests at the Christmas lunch.
Nov 15 2013

November Lunch

  • Date: 15 Nov 2013
Details TBC
Oct 18 2013

October Lunch

  • Date: 18 Oct 2013
Stuart will tell the story of NMC, how the business has evolved over the years to meet the changing nature of the industry, the sectors it which it operates in and its customers.  He will then review the future for the Midlands construction industry and how NMC are aligning their business accordingly.
Sep 20 2013

September Lunch

  • Date: 20 Sep 2013
Center Parcs is celebrating 25 years in business this year. Martin will talk about the developments in the company over this period.
Jul 19 2013

July Lunch

  • Date: 19 Jul 2013
At this lunch Pamela will cover economic growth over the past year, prospects for growth and inflation going forward and where that leaves the interest rate policy decision.

In addition she will talk about the changes happening at the Bank of England including the appointment of the new Governor, Mark Carney, who takes over the reins on 1 July.  Following the abolition of the Financial Services Authority the Bank has taken over responsibility for regulation of financial institutions and she will touch on what it is now responsible for and how its responsibilities fit with those of other bodies.  

Pamela Wright was appointed Deputy Agent for the East Midlands in March 2010. Prior to that, she was Deputy Agent in Northern Ireland for six and a half years, following two years working in Monetary Analysis in the Bank's Threadneedle Street Head Office.

Immediately prior to working at the Bank of England, Pam was Director of Economics and Research at the British Retail Consortium, where she worked for 5 years. Before this, she worked in the commercial property sector as a Senior Investment Analyst.  
Jun 21 2013

June Lunch

  • Date: 21 Jun 2013
Alex was appointed to the board of Alliance Boots in January 2009 when he became chief executive of the health & beauty division.  He was previously managing director of Boots UK and a member of the group operating committee following the acquisition of Alliance Boots Plc by AB Acquisitions Ltd in 2007.

Prior to this he was healthcare director of Boots the Chemist, having held senior management positions in store operations and human resources.

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