News and Updates

July Meeting – Alan Harvey, Mayor of Bingham

The Mayor of Bingham, Mr Alan Harvey, was the guest speaker at the August meeting of Bingham Business Club. Mr Harvey, who has been mayor since May, outlined the role of the various tiers of government as they related to local affairs, from the Department for Communities and Local Government, through county and borough councils, to parish or town councils. He said that Bingham Town Council was part of the grass roots level of local government, which could take on as much or as little responsibility as it wished. Among those run by the town council in Bingham are playparks, grass cutting, leisure facilities and amenity space. The council also had advisory, consultative and campaigning roles, Mr Harvey said, to improve the town and its facilities. He said two of the biggest problems Bingham faced were connecting the two areas of the town either side of the railway line, and creating social cohesion between residents living in the older central and newer outlying parts of the town. He said the town council was working towards refurbishing the town’s play parks, which were tired and under-used. The council had also been asking Rushcliffe Borough Council for control of the town’s car parks, which had become the prime issue in the town. He said that two of the town’s carparks would soon become short-stay only, making life easier for shoppers and visitors. The council also wants a re-think on use of the market place. “The Market Square is lying idle for 90% of the time and it could be better-used,” Other issues the council was considering was the need for start-up... read more

June Meeting – Judith Swann, Deputy Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire

Members of Bingham Business Club were given an insight into the role of the Lord Lieutenant’s office by their guest speaker in June. Every county has its own Lord Lieutenant, Vice Lord Lieutenant, and a number of deputies. Commander Judith Swann, who lives in Bingham, is one of the Deputy Lieutenants for Nottinghamshire. The Lord-Lieutenant is the Queen’s personal representative in each county of the United Kingdom. Historically, the role was a military one, but it is today a largely ceremonial position. They are appointed by the Lord Lieutenant subject, Commander Swann said, to the Queen “not disapproving” of them. There is no official uniform for women deputies, but Commander Swann wears naval uniform on formal occasions. She also wears a badge of office. Commander Swann said the deputy lieutenants came from many walks of life, and represented the Queen at events that related to their particular areas of interest. She often undertakes duties involving children and young people, and is involved with the NSPCC. Commander Swann said one of the highlights of her term in office was escorting the Princess Royal when she attended a Townswomen’s Guild conference at Newark Town Hall in 2011.   Copy provided by Advertiser Media Group Images provide by Buttercross... read more

May Networking Meeting

There was a chance for members and visitors at Bingham Business Club’s latest meeting to do some networking before breakfast. The club is a support, social network and forum for businesses in and around the Bingham area. It offer members and other attendees the chance to meet and constructively work together to generate revenue and help address the issues that face local businesses. Whether you are a new business starting out or a long-established part of the landscape, the club welcomes your input and looks forward to seeing you at one of its future meetings. The Bingham Business Club meets monthly at Yeung Sing on the corner of Market Street and Long Acre, Bingham, at 8am, except for the summer barbecue and Christmas lunch. Meetings usually take the form of introductions, followed by a speaker, and then a cooked breakfast. But the May meeting was a networking session, giving existing and new members the opportunity to meet one another and learn about their businesses. Meetings also regularly include 30-second slots, in which members or visitors can tell the meeting about services, events or news that may be of interest. At the latest meeting, chairman Jonathan Hammond introduced Ian Hallett of of Magnet Insurance Services Ltd, who spoke about the company’s support of Beaumond House Community Hospice; Tanya Cornford of Water at Work, which marks 20 years in business this year; Tim O’Brien, who specialises in aviation art, but spoke about his other work, including locally-sold cards; Fiona Farmer of Toot Hill School, who encouraged members to help at the school’s speed networking event for pupils; and Nigel Regan, manager of... read more

April 2017 Meeting – PR expert Mike Shields

PR expert Mike Shields of Shooting Star PR spoke to members of Bingham Business Club last week about the steps to effective public relations and the ways in which businesses can put self-promotion into action. He said that businesses needed to take time to plan their PR, working out who they wanted to reach and what they wanted to achieve. “It is important to have your key messages clear in your mind before you start”. Making the most of opportunities was also key to successful PR. This included telling the media about newsworthy products or services, entering awards, writing a blog, and using social media. Mike explained different ways to make news releases relevant and interesting, placing the most important information at the top, using short sentences, including pictures, and making sure to include contact details. Working on building up relationships with media contacts could also reap rewards, he said. Contacts often needed local industry experts to comment on stories or provide informed insight. It also paid to be prepared to handle any bad publicity that a company might receive, rather than giving a knee-jerk reaction. Any business could use social media to its advantage, Mike said. Posting regular, relevant and interesting material kept customers engaged and could give a business more of a human face. Copy provided by Advertiser Media Group Images provide by Buttercross... read more

March Meeting – Joyce Allen, An Inspector Calls

Local research specialist Joyce Allen spoke to members of Bingham Business Club about the early days of formal education in the town. There were four schools in Bingham in mid-Victorian times, including a church school, a Wesleyan school, a school for young ladies and a poor school. Joyce Allen showed an old school balance sheet with income including a government grant of £25 1s 11d, £29 4s 6d in public subscriptions, and £20 12s 8d in contributions from families towards their children’s education. Outgoings included £53 15s 10d to pay the schoolmaster and upwards of £10 to pay a sewing mistress. She said that Bingham business community of the day played a huge part in funding the schools, as they wanted to have better-educated employees. With schools paid according to the number of pupils they had, they took great trouble to increase attendance, but many children were absent for long periods, including some who were missing for months to help their parents with harvesting or family businesses. These included an 11-year- old working as a blacksmith, and a nine- year-old helping his father on the railways. One forward-thinking teacher arranged seaside trips for his pupils, believing the sea air would open their minds and help them absorb more knowledge. Another teacher was a conman who had stolen the identification and glowing references of a real teacher and used it to get a position at the church school. The school flourished under his leadership and so, even when his fraud was discovered, parents persuaded the law to show mercy and he was let off. Business club chairman Jonathan Hammond said that... read more

February Meeting – Peter Youds, Local Historical Novelist

The speaker at the February meeting was local historical novelist, Peter Youds. A Bingham resident of thirty five years’ standing, Peter explained how he became fascinated by the Napoleonic period of history and began to turn the events of the times into highly readable adventure stories ( Not just dates and battles for this writer, he aims to offer the whole picture (what people ate, wore, did for entertainment etc.). He told club members how the long-running war affected people in this region at the time and something of the way in which we still see the impact in our modern lives. For the second part of the talk Peter put on a different hat, as the organiser of the intriguingly titled “East Midlands Napoleonic Day”, to take place at Long Acre Studios the following Saturday. As well as having a programme of speakers visiting from all over the country, the day would boast the Cafe Corsica, art exhibitions, a wargame, demonstrations and the presence of a regiment of musket-carrying French infantry in full uniform! UPDATE – There were well over a hundred visitors and the event has featured highly positively on social media all over the world! Jonathan Hammond, Chairman of Bingham Business Club, reminded members and guests that membership renewal time has arrived.  Click here to download the application form to become a member of the Bingham Business... read more

January Meeting – Jackie Wilson, Emotional Intelligence

Emotional intelligence was the topic at Bingham Business Club’s January meeting. Speaker Jackie Wilson runs emotional well-being programmes and workshops in schools and universities for children, young people and staff. She said the aim of her work was to help people become emotionally intelligent – in other words, able to understand and manage their own emotions and be empathetic towards those of other people. Jackie Wilson quoted American hospitality entrepreneur Chip Conley, who said: “The most successful business leaders are often experts in emotion.” “Emotional intelligence is key to success,” Jackie Wilson said. “But we are not taught this in schools, and it is a subject that should be taught when we are young. If we are not learning about ourselves and our emotions, how are we going to deal with it?” She said that her own childhood shyness and lack of self-belief had hampered her early life, but she had now learned how to deal with her emotions. Jackie Wilson asked club members to try a series of techniques to help manage emotions, involving slow breathing, posture and mindfulness. The January meeting was the first to take place in the club’s new meeting venue, the Yeung Sing in Bingham. During the meeting, chairman Jonathan Hammond presented a cheque for £200 to Jonathan Cunliffe, head teacher of Carnarvon School in Bingham, which was one of five successful applicants for a share of £1,000 surplus raised by the business club, which is a not-for- profit organisation. Jonathan Hammond also told members he had handed a cheque for more £2,232 to the founder of ChildLine, Dame Esther Rantzen, when she visited... read more

New Location for 2017 – Yeung Sing

We have a NEW venue for our meetings in 2017 Yeung Sing Restaurant Yeung Sing is situated on the corner of Market Street & Long Acre, Bingham, Nottingham NG13 8AB 01949 838 456 Please use the double doors on the corner of the building for the Bingham Business Club... read more

November Meeting – Geraldine Gray of Bromley House Library

Members of Bingham Business Club were told at their last meeting about a hidden gem in the heart of the city of Nottingham. The guest speaker was Geraldine Gray of Bromley House Library on Angel Row, a private subscription library that is celebrating its 200th anniversary this year. The library, housed in a Georgian building, opened in 1816 before public lending libraries existed. It now has about 1,500 members. The library has a stock of about 40,000 books, and adds between 700 and 800 titles each year. About 80% of the books stocked are for loan, with others available for reference. The library also has newspapers and periodicals, and runs occasional lectures and social events. Geraldine described Bromley House as a lending library with the ambience of a Georgian family home. It popular as a quiet place for study, with its own garden, which Geraldine described as a haven in the centre of the city. As a self-supporting charity, Bromley House Library relies on membership subscription, which is £96 a year for an adult, and rent from business tenants in parts of the building. Geraldine said that many people in and around Nottingham were unaware that the library exited, and guided tours were popular with groups wanting to learn about its history and services. Club chairman Jonathan Hammond encouraged members to book their place at the club’s annual Christmas lunch, and to enter his annual quiz, which raises money for Childline. Last year’s quiz raised £1967 for the charity. Copy provided by Advertiser Media Group Images provide by Buttercross... read more

October Meeting – Aly Greenway – The Adventures of an Environmental Health Officer

The Adventures of an Environmental Health Officer was the topic of the most recent guest speaker at Bingham Business Club. Aly Greenway of Aslockton now runs a training company specialising in health and safety, and first aid. She is a former environmental health officer, and spoke about some of the stranger situations she encountered during the early days of her training and career. As a young, female, trainee environmental health officer, she was sometimes thrown in at the deep end by her new colleagues. She recalled arriving for her first day at work, smartly dressed and carrying a briefcase containing her sandwiches. She was sent to the pest control department, opened the door, and found herself in a smoky room with no other women employees. Young, keen and naive, it took her some time to work out when her male colleagues were playing jokes on her. One of these was when a team was sent to a rat-infested fish and chip shop, and she was told her job was to hit the rats with a spade when her colleagues drove them out from under the fryers. Perched on a chair, spade held high, she waited, only to find her colleagues peering through a door to see how she had reacted. She spoke about a visit to an abattoir and emerging covered in blood, fending off the amorous advances of a large dog, and scratching the back of a man who did not need an environmental health officer at all. “He had actually invited me into his room to talk about sexual matters,” she said. “This was in the days... read more