Transforming Newmarket: The Newmarket Umbrella Project

We are proud to welcome the town’s first ever umbrella installation this June, transforming many of the streets of Newmarket into a haven of colour and beauty for the summer.

Suspended in the air above shoppers on Sun Lane, Market Passage, Crown Walk, Wellington Street and throughout the Guineas Shopping Centre, the Umbrella Spectacle brings a welcomed change to our streets, attracting visitors from far and wide to view the displays.

Commenting on the installation, BID Manager Paul Brown said: “We want to create a real talking point within the town. Umbrella installations have had much success in other parts of the country, and bringing them to Newmarket will make the town a destination point whilst brightening up the Business Improvement District.

“The project is completely funded by the BID and aims to increase footfall throughout the town during the summer months.”

Featuring a full spectrum of colours across 300 umbrellas, the display also includes one Union Jack umbrella in each location in honour of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations.

The Guineas Shopping Centre is also home to a Photo Booth throughout the installation designed to encourage visitors and residents alike to photograph the display and share on social media.

We will be promoting the event throughout its installation, and encourage all businesses to do the same.


Nancy’s Vintage Tearoom Set To Create Town’s Jubilee Tart

It’s not every day one of our local businesses receives an order to make 235 individual Jubilee Beacon Tarts. Yet that’s exactly what happened to Nancy’s Vintage Tearoom owner Simon.

As part of the Queen’s Jubilee Celebrations, the team at Nancy’s Vintage Tearoom has been tasked with creating these celebratory delicacies, which will be given out to residents at The Lighting of the Beacon on Thursday 2nd June.

One of many events Newmarket Town Council has organised, The Lighting of the Beacon will see our local beacon lit at The Severals from 9.15pm, alongside 1500 other torches that will be lit that evening across the globe.

The event offers Newmarket residents and visitors the chance to enjoy many firsts for the town, with a piper playing Diu Regnare, a unique tune especially written for this historic Jubilee, and the tasting of the Queen’s Jubilee Beacon Tart, baked to perfection by Simon and his team.

“It’s an honour to have been asked to partake in this event,” comments Simon. “The Jubilee Tart uses ingredients to represent the four nations of the United Kingdom, and so includes smoked salmon from Scotland, Cheddar cheese from England, leeks from Wales and potatoes from Ireland.

“We received the recipe from the Council and had to bake samples for the taste testers, which thankfully passed with flying colours.”

Lighting the ovens from 4am on Thursday to meet the order, Simon and his team certainly have a long day ahead of them but we’re sure they will still be smiling by the end.

We hope to see as many of our local residents supporting Simon and his team at The Lighting of the Beacon.

From 9.15pm | Thursday 2nd June 2022 | The Severals, Newmarket

Love Newmarket Business Awards 2022

Many of Newmarket’s finest business owners came together on Thursday 26th May in celebration of the Love Newmarket Business Awards.

Having received over 180 entries across ten categories, guests waited in anticipation for the ceremony to reveal the 2022 winners.

Held at the Bedford Lodge Hotel, Newmarket BID Chairman Steve Elsom welcomed all as they took their seats ahead of a delicious three-course meal. Guests were then treated to a hilarious set from comedian Dominic Holland, who went on to present the awards to this year’s winners.

Commenting on the event Newmarket BID Manager, Paul Brown, said: “Thank you to all the businesses who took the time to enter this year’s awards. This is the first year we have opened the nomination process to the public and were extremely pleased with the response.

“The evening was a great demonstration of the diversity offered by businesses in Newmarket, as well as the passion and skills we have on our doorstep. It was great to see so many business owners networking and building relationships to help make our town thrive.

“Congratulations once again to this year’s winners, they were most truly deserved.”

The Love Newmarket Business Award Winners Are:

Apprentice of the Year; sponsored by Tattersalls

Winner - Ploy Tachadee, Nancys Tearoom

Highly Commended - Jasdeep Chahal, Everything Answered


Contribution To The Community; sponsored by Jockey Club Estates

Winner - Newmarket Day Centre

Highly Commended - The Racing Centre


Best Hospitality; sponsored by West Suffolk College

Winner - hmmburger

Highly Commended - The Tack Room


Best Customer Service ; sponsored by Newmarket Journal

Winner - The Tack Room

Highly Commended - hmmburger


Employee of the Year; sponsored by the Guineas Shopping Centre

Winner - Addam Morley, Hughes Electrical

Highly Commended - Kay Blanchard, Bedford Lodge


Business Leader of the Year; sponsored by Suffolk Chamber of Commerce

Winner - Noel Byrne, Bedford Lodge

Highly Commended - Vicky Snell, Victor Victoria


Independent Business of the Year; sponsored by Flok Marketing

Winner - Victor Victoria

Highly Commended - D’oro


Emerging Business of the Year; sponsored by West Suffolk Council 

Winner - Bute Aesthetics

Highly Commended - And Sew We Begin


Green Award; sponsored by Newmarket Town Council

Winner - TBM


Lifetime Achievement Award ; sponsored by Jockey Club Racecourse

Winner - Eric Tennant


Please visit our Facebook page to view all the evening's photographs.

Glancing back, looking forward

Glancing back, we were delighted to see so many attendees at our Business Expo last month. We had a full house of exhibitors, and a diverse audience ranging from existing businesses, fledgling businesses and business studies students, who were entertained with talks from several local business owners who shared their insights and experience from their own business journey.

Looking forward, we are encouraged by receiving over 100 entries across the ten categories for the Business Awards. Thank you to everyone who has taken the time and trouble to submit an application. The judging process is now underway and we all look forward to revealing the winners at the awards ceremony which is being held at The Bedford Lodge Hotel on the evening of 26th May.

I am pleased to announce we are running the Easter Eggsplorer in the town where 20 of our members will have a Love Newmarket Easter Bunny hidden in their store. The event runs up until the 24th April with a £50 Studio Scribbles prize for the winner. Entry cards can be found at the entrance to Rookery House in the Guineas shopping centre. This is another event that will help bring visitors and footfall to our high street.

Looking further forward, we are pleased to have collaborated with the Town Council to organise a display of bunting to adorn the town in celebration of the Queens jubilee. The bunting will add colour and vibrancy to our 'street scene' and we have made arrangements to extend the display into as many of our streets and walkways as is practically possible, so that as many businesses as possible can feel part of the celebration. Later in the year, we hope to be able to announce additional 'street scene' enhancements which will help us maintain a more pleasing local environment. Contrary to some beliefs, the BID isn't the body that is responsible for the delivering the town's market, negotiating terms on the empty units or setting the car parking charges...but rest assured, we do engage with key stakeholders such as West Suffolk Council and the Town Council, to ensure that our voice is heard, and where possible we can influence positive improvements and enhancements.

The board is dedicated to supporting the town through such initiatives and are working towards making our town centre a better place to work and visit.

Steve Elsom
Love Newmarket BID Chairman

Love Newmarket Business EXPO

The Love Newmarket Business EXPO welcomed many local businesses to the first event of its kind at the Bedford Lodge Hotel. Held on 9th March, small and large business representatives came together to network, discover local opportunities and listen to five dynamic speakers.

Organised and orchestrated by Newmarket’s Business Improvement District (Newmarket BID), the event offered the perfect opportunity for B2B and B2C members to showcase their offering to an attentive audience. Supported by MENTA, attendees were also able to access business support and find out about further opportunities available to them.

With staging provided by Explicit Event Hire, the event welcomed a seasoned list of speakers throughout the day, all offering insight into the world of a business from a unique perspective.

Local businessman, Ben Cockhill, was the first to the stage, discussing how his business had grown from a catering company set up throughout the first lockdown to now becoming an owner of three different enterprises. Launching Stellar Catering, The Bakery and his latest venture, The Waffle Hut, Ben’s inspirational talk proved extremely beneficial to those who had recently set up their own business or were thinking of taking steps along that route.

Still in the early days of business himself, Ben’s unique take on coping with the pandemic and constantly looking for new ways to reach customers proved inspirational to all.

Next, Business Coach Rich Wainwright provided some useful tips for those looking to start-up their own business and how to identify their target audience. Having launched a mentoring programme in 2008, Rich’s experiences and successes working with a wide range of businesses across an even wider range of industries made his time on stage simply captivating. All took home pointers to invest into their own business, no matter the infancy of their position.

Scott Russell of Paddy and Scott’s Coffee was next up, revealing how a backroom idea had flourished into one of the most well-known coffee brands in Suffolk. Scott discussed the importance of branding, how the business achieved many ‘firsts’ within the coffee trade and the importance of paving his own path when it came to business.

Stephen Blackmore from Turners (Soham) joined the line-up discussing how the family run business has grown over the past ten years, fending off several challenges seen across the transpiration industry, including those bought on by Brexit, fuel and driver shortages in recent years. His unique position made the Q&A session a lively event and one that all visitors enjoyed.

And finally, the event welcomed Amir Farbound from Unisurge International who address the changes his business had faced throughout the pandemic and gave insight into managing a large workforce. Amir’s insight and advice on securing large contracts also proved particularly thought provoking and inspired many at the event.

With exhibitors ranging across a broad spectrum of services, including storage, printing services, recruitment, accountants, solicitors, travel, hospitality and many more, the event offered an area of interest for all.

Commenting on the event’s success, Newmarket BID manager Paul Brown said: “We were extremely proud by the support and reception our first Business Event has received. The range of businesses exhibiting proves how many services we have right here in Newmarket, creating a community in which we can all work together.

“The EXPO offered the business members a chance to market their services, and we were pleased to welcome so many additional organisations to the event. The turnout was fantastic and the feedback continues to pour in.

“I’d like to personally thank the event sponsors, Explicit Event Hire, MENTA and Suffolk Chamber for their support in creating such an event.”

Adding to Paul’s comments, Sue Foster from Barclays Bank said: “I thought it was a great success, the speakers were very inspiring and thought provoking, and held the captivation of their audience.  The venue was great, as we knew it would be. I think you should be rightly proud of the effort and organisation you put in for the event to be a success.”

Championing one business with the title ‘Best Trade Stand’, this year’s judge Stephen Blackmore assessed each stand before awarding Everything Answered the title.

Commenting on the event, Tracey Hayes from Everything Answered said: “Being the first business fair to be held in Newmarket for a very long time, I suspect that the majority of stand holders were very unsure of what to expect. However, you blew us out of the water – the buzz in the room, the number of visitors and the amazing organisation was a credit to all the hard work which goes on behind the scenes of any event such as this.

“The speakers were all so different in not just their view points, but how they had each managed to succeed in owning and running a very successful business.  The staging and set up was as professional as any exhibition I have been to – and I have been to many!  Everything Answered would love to attend any future events.”

Deemed a success by all, the event marks the first of what we hope to be many more business events organised by the Newmarket BID team.

The Pantry Celebrates With Refurbishment and New Menus

Celebrating its 10 year anniversary, The Pantry has undergone a dramatic refurbishment this month, and launched an exciting new menu. We aren't going to spoil the new look with a series of photos, instead we'll invite you to visit the independent eatery and enjoy every moment yourself. However we will tempt you with two of The Pantry's delicious new menus...


Reopening just in time for Mother's Day weekend, bookings are being taken from Saturday 26th March. Call 01638 661181 or [email protected] to reserve your table. Walk ins also available.