October 2018

The Robin Hood Beer & Cider Festival 2018, Nottingham!!

The Business played a 90 minute set on the Friday evening at the 2018 Robin Hood Beer & Cider Festival at The Motorpoint Arena in Nottingham!!

This is was the new venue for the Festival due to works being carried out at Nottingham Castle, which had been used in previous years.

The Main Stage was located in the backstage area of the Arena amongst Brewery Bars and Food Vendors, and proved to be a popular attraction for the many visitors to the Festival, pictures to follow shortly.


December 2017

Newark Christmas Market & Winter Feast

The Business were very pleased to be asked to play at The Newark Christmas Market & Winter Feast last weekend. Although it was pretty cold, the deluge of snow that was promised did not materialise and the event was allowed to go ahead.

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We took to the stage (artic trailor) at 12:40 and rattled through a 35min set of classic covers in front of a small but appreciative crowd.

We'd like to thank everyone that braved the cold and came out to support the event and live music in Newark

We also played two sets in the Market Place on Saturday 23rd organised by Newark Town Council for the Festive period.


October 2017

"Business as Usual!"

Things are back to normal at Business HQ and we're looking forward to a busy festive period!

Due to a very sad close family bereavement the band took a few months out from gigging in June, July and August whilst we contemplated the future of the band.

We started rehearsing again in September and went back out on the road in October with gigs at two of our favourite venues, The Navigation & Chesters


May 2017

The Business made a welcome return to The Lord Harrowby Grantham for one of John's legendary Beer Festivals. The great british weather proved to be a pain in the arse as usual so we managed to shoe horn ourselves into the front window of the pubs lounge! The real ale flowed and a  great night was had by all!!

Looking forward to getting back to The Harrowby in 2018!


November 2016

Been a busy couple of months since the August update! We had a great weekend at The UK Autumn Motorhome & Caravan Show at Newark Showground at the beginning of September and will hopefully be back again in the Spring. October kicked off with another fantastic night down at Chesters in Balderton, always well supported this is getting to be one of our favourite venues! Another five in the diary already for 2017!!

Footage Filmed at The Autumn Motorhome & Caravan Show, Newark Showground, 03/09/16


Friday the 14th saw us make a welcome return to the Nottingham Robin Hood Beer & Cider Festival. A very busy teatime slot meant that we could sample the many excellent brews on offer once we'd got the gear off stage. We'd love to make this a regular fixture and will be in contact with Nottingham CAMRA come next year!

The Business "Unplugged" made a couple of outings in October, first to the Nav for a Sunday Night Session and then to Oscar's Inn on a busy Saturday night. This format seems to be becoming ever more popular with our fan base and I must say we're enjoying the gigs too!

As many of you probably know by now, 2016 is the 10th Anniversary of The Business and to mark the occasion we arranged a special show at The Navigation to celebrate. We played two sets on the night, the first featuring our ex bassist and great friend Ian "Lobba" Dobbs on Bass and Vocals, Neil took to the drums once more and included many of the songs from when we started The Business way back in 2006!

The second set we played as the current three piece line up and included all our favourite crowd pleasers we've covered over the last decade! We even had Phil from the Nav up on the drums for an encore of Black Sabbath's Paranoid!! Rock on \nn/  \nn/ !!!   


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More Pictures From The Evening Here!

 Article on Newark Advertiser Web Here!

August 2016

Since our last update in May, we've been busy doing several "Unplugged" shows at The Navigation on a Sunday evening, The  Lord Nelson at Sutton on Trent and our second visit to Oscar's Inn in Newark. The full band has also been busy over the August Bank Holiday weekend with shows at The Navigation and The Goose at the Bank in Grantham.

We're looking forward to playing for the first time at The UK Autumn Motorhome & Caravan Show at Newark Showground in September  carrying on from our knockout performances at the Spring Show over the past four years and have a special treat lined up for all our fans to celebrate our 10th Anniversary on the 28th October at The Nav!!

(see gig listings for details)

May 2016

Another busy month in May, a twinning association dinner dance for Newark Castle Rotary Club at Kelham House Country Manor Hotel got the month off to a swinging start, followed by our first visit to the new Chameleon at The Kings in Grantham. Fantastic night! The place was heaving all night with extremely enthusiastic and very loud late night revellers! Looking forward to another gig at this great venue later in the year.

May concluded with a Friday night down at The Nav and our second appearance at Newark CAMRA Beer Festival on the Saturday evening. We hit the stage at 6:30 and entertained the crowd for an hour and 10 mins before retiring to the Bar Tent to sample a few, (well quite a lot actually!!) of the fine brews on offer!


April 2016


We've been very busy so far this year and recently played at the UK Spring Motorhome & Caravan Show at Newark Showground.

 Had a great couple of days providing the Friday & Saturday evening entertainment in the Sir Stuart Goodwin Pavilion and an "Unplugged" lunchtime session in the Cedric Ford.

We'll be "Unplugged" again at Oscar's Inn in Newark this Saturday from 9pm and at The Navigation on Sunday 17th. With a full show at The Chesters, Balderton on Saturday 23rd, April's shaping up to be a good month!!


November 2015

Newark Xmas Lights Switch On 2015, Newark Market Place

Had a great time at the Xmas Lights Switch On in Newark in spite of the inclement weather!

Thanks to Liz Hobbs Group for the opportunity to play again, photos of the event below:-

Click 'Here' For More Pictures From The Event!


October 2015

The Robin Hood Beer & Cider Festival 2015, Nottingham Castle

We had a fantastic time playing at the 2015 Robin Hood Beer & Cider Festival in the grounds of Nottingham Castle on Saturday the 10th October! We performed a 90 minute set from 4pm to 5:30pm which included two encores! It was a pleasure playing in front of such a large, enthusiastic and appreciative crowd! Hope to be invited to play for the good people of Nottingham again next year!!


Click 'Here' For More Pictures From The Event!


September 2015

The Business performed their second "unplugged" show at The Prince Rupert, Newark to a packed pub on Friday night! We had a great night and would like to thank everyone that came down to see us.

Here's a press cutting from The Newark Advertiser about the evening.

Next "unplugged" outing will be at Oscar's Inn, Newark on the 20th November!


August 2015

Been a while now since we updated the news page and it's also been a very busy year so far! January saw us make a return to The Fox & Crown in Newark, last gig there was way back in November 2011! A trip down the A1 to Oscars Wine Bar in Grantham and our first outing of 2015 to the Navigation in Newark completed February's engagements. In March we played for a fourth consecutive year at the Spring Motorhome & Caravan Show at Newark Showground and also played our first gig of the year down at The Moorings.

In April we reformed No Claims for a one off charity night at Grantham Squash Club in aid of The British Heart Foundation.

The evening was a great success and raised 1,300 (Click on the picture for the write up in the Grantham Journal)

In May it was back down to Grantham again for a Beer Festival at The Lord Harrowby and a second visit to The Navigation in Newark. June, and a welcome return to The Chesters in Balderton, which is now under new management following the retirement of Michael Hedworth and another outing to The Moorings.

June also saw the debut of The Business "Unplugged" at The Prince Rupert in Newark. This is a new venture for the band in an acoustic format and we have been busy learning over twenty new songs for the show with the aim of playing smaller more intimate venues.

July and August included a second visit to The Fox & Crown, debuts at The Flying Circus and The Sixty Four Sports Bar at Radcliffe on Trent and a second visit to The Chesters. With another twelve gigs lined up for the rest of the year and also some more new venues to visit we're looking forward to what should be a great conclusion to 2015!


December 2014

 We kicked off the festive season with a Charity Ball at Newark Town Hall in aid of Reach Learning Disability, a charity that supports more than 150 people with learning difficulties in Newark, Southwell and Mansfield. The evening was a huge success helping the appeal reach 10,000. See full article from The Newark Advertiser below. 

The now customary "Christmas Party" at The Navigation was a fantastic night and very well supported as usual. We finished off a very successful 2014 at The Castle with a special guest appearance by former bassist Ian 'Lobba' Dobbs who joined us for the evenings festivities!

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our families, friends and fans, old and new, for their loyal support through 2014 and look forward to seeing you all at our gigs in 2015.



November 2014

A 'Ladies Night' dinner/dance at the Masonic Hall in Newark, the third trip of the year to The Castle, which is now under new management and a trip out to Hucknall in Notts to entertain the fans at Hucknall Town Football Club concluded our November outings. We're now blowing the dust off our seasonal songs and looking forward to Christmas gigs at Newark Town Hall, The Navigation and a New Year's Eve party at The Castle! We wish all our fans a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!


October 2014

Three gigs in October, starting with our fourth and last visit of the year to The Moorings and then on to The Navigation the following week. Both excellent gigs as usual with a good turnout. We then travelled north to The Romans Rest in Worksop for our first outing to this modern Greene King "Meet & Eat" Pub. The pub has recently undergone a refurb and this was the re-opening night. Fantastic crowd, we're very much looking forward to returning in the New Year to entertain you crazy people again. Keep an eye on the Gigs page for new dates.   


September 2014

September saw the band return to The Chameleon Music & Steak Bar in Grantham for their second visit. After battling through the street closures and crowds attending the Gravity Fields Festival celebrating Sir Isaac Newton, we were set up, sound checked and ready to kick off the show to a packed pub. Superb night as before culminating in three well deserved encores! Thanks once again to Simon and the rest of his staff, we're definitely looking forward to returning to The Chameleon in the New Year!


August 2014

August turned out to be a busy month with our annual outing to The Lincoln Green in North Hykeham, a car rally at a scout camp in Calverton then gigs at The Castle and The Navigation in Newark. We've also been busy working on new material, some of which we debuted at The Nav. There will be more new material coming into the sets for our shows leading up to Christmas.


July 2014

The Business made their debut at The Chameleon Music & Steak Bar in Grantham on the 26th July. We'd been looking forward to this gig since booking it some time ago and had heard many good reports about the venue, we certainly weren't disappointed as it certainly lived up to expectations! Really good in house PA setup, which means we only had to hump the backline in, and a brilliant host. We've been booked to play again at the end of September and would love to make this a regular venue. 

After playing two dates in June, Oscar's Wine Bar in Grantham on the 7th and The Castle Newark on the 11th the band broke up for their well earned Summer break, returning for their first public outing on July 20th at The Moorings, Newark. Good turnout as is now customary for our visits to The Moorings on a very hot and sticky Sunday night down by the riverside. The guys played two full sets as usual despite the extreme heat, including some material we haven't played for a while and the first airing of Billy Joel's classic, My Life. The only casualty of the evening was the poor old Ashdown Bass amp that went 'pop' halfway through White Wedding! Poor thing!    


May 2014

The Band have been busy throughout May with gigs at The Navigation, The Great Northern at Carlton on Trent, which we haven't played for quite sometime, a first for us at The Goose at the Bank in Grantham and a return to the Inn on the Green at Coddington. We'll be back at the Inn on the Green in December and hope to get a return gig at The Goose in the future as it's a decent venue to play.


April 2014

After a couple of great party gigs in Newark and then Retford we finished off April with a fairly quiet but otherwise enjoyable gig at The Moorings. We've got a busy May coming up with some more parties, a Bank Holiday visit to The Navigation, a Beer Festival and a trip to a new venue for us in Grantham. Check out the gigs page for more details and dates.


March 2014

After a couple of weeks off we were raring to go for the Spring Motorhome and Caravan Show at Newark Showground on the 22nd. This is the third year on the trot that we have played this event and the weather was thankfully somewhat different to last year when there was snow on the ground. The event boasts two venues for show goers that are staying over for the two day event. In the main Cedric Ford Pavilion there was a Motown band and comedian Mick Miller, he's the bald guy with the long hair, as someone put it and The Stuart Goodwin Pavilion aka "The Pig & Whistle" where we were playing. It was a great night with both venues full, had some great comments after the gig and met up again with some familiar faces from last year. We have already discussed returning for a fourth year and look forward to entertaining you all again. The 29th saw us back at Oscar's Wine Bar in Grantham for the second time this year. As before, we set up and sound checked to an empty venue then sat and waited for the punters to arrive. Sure enough by the time we hit the stage at 9.30 the place was almost full and there was a good atmosphere. Finished off the evening playing to a bunch of Super Heroes, Banana Man and Wonder Woman included, it's not often you can say that!!  


February 2014

It's been a busy month kicking of with a Private Party at The Woodhouse Arms, Corby Glen, Valentine's night at The Navigation in Newark, a dinner dance at the Bentley Hotel, North Hykeham, entertaining the delegates at the 15th Annual Conference of The British and Irish Group for the Study of Personal Disorders (BIGSPD) and the 9th Nidotherapy Workshop. Finishing off at The Old Kings Arms in Newark, which was taken over by the current management team just four weeks ago and already looks likely to become another buzzing venue on the Newark music scene. The last time any of us played at The Kings was back in the 80's in the upstairs bar when Neil appeared on the drums as part of Newark Band Avalon!! Things have certainly changed a bit since then! We look forward to playing at The Kings again in the near future and hope to return to the Woodhouse Arms at Corby Glen also later in the year. We will of course be back at The Nav in May for a special Sunday performance on May Day Bank Holiday weekend.


January 2014

Sunday 26th - The Atrium, Newark - First visit for us since they started band nights again at this modern bar/night spot in Newark. Not a brilliant turn out but this is probably a reflection on the fact that there are two other venues in Newark staging bands on Sunday nights, which is a shame because this is a great venue with a sizeable playing area for bands and good acoustics. Lets hope that as the weather picks up through the spring and into the summer more people venture out to see bands and fill our music venues. Thanks to all our loyal fans that came down to see us, (you know who you are) and we hope to see you all down the Nav for Valentine's Night on the 14th February.

Thursday 23rd - Recent Press Coverage (Newark Advertiser)

**Note: The Moorings Gig on the 10th July in the above cutting should read 20th July**

Saturday 18th - Oscar's Wine Bar, Grantham - Great gig at Oscar's in Grantham last night! Good sized crowd all night, not bad to say we're still in January. Thanks to everyone that came out to support us. We'll be back at Oscar's on the 29th March.
Next gig is at The Atrium in Newark next Sunday night. This will be a first for us, we'll be starting around 9pm and entry is free!

Sunday 12th - Great gig to kick off the New Year down at The Moorings. Thanks to everyone that braved the poor weather to come and support us and live music in Newark. We've got some new songs in the pipeline for 2014 and look forward to seeing you all again at future gigs, we're at Oscar's in Grantham next Saturday and then The Atrium in Newark on the 26th. See ya soon!

December 2013

What a cracking weekend to round off our 2013 gigs! - Friday 20th and Saturday 21st at The Navigation and The Castle in Newark. Massive turnout for the Navigation gig on Friday, with people from all generations thoroughly enjoying themselves to the music and by the looks of it majority of the bar stock! At one point we had people up on tables and even a mosh pit going on in front of us! Had to swap 'I Predict a Riot' for 'Angels' to calm them down! The Castle was also very busy all night on Saturday if a little less frantic, no mosh pit and definitely no impromptu stage invasions! Nevertheless a very enjoyable evening amongst fantastic company.

It's hard to believe that we've now been a three piece for a year and a busy year it's been too. We've played 35 gigs in total at Pubs, Clubs, Weddings, Parties, Shows, Village Fetes and even the turning on of the Xmas lights in Newark Market Place! We'd like to thank everyone that's turned out to support us in 2013, It's been a pleasure to play for all our fans and friends, old and new and we look forward to another great year in 2014.


Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the THE BUSINESS and crew!! 



November 2013

Sunday 24th - Newark Xmas Lights Switch On - Fantastic experience playing in Newark Market Place as part of the Christmas Lights Switch On event. We arrived at 9.30am on a chilly but thankfully dry Sunday morning to set up our backline on stage and then retire to the warmth of Cafe Amore for a Sausage & Bacon Roll, for those of us who are watching our waistlines, teas and coffees all round and to witness Mr Rollitt devour a Full English! (Looked very tasty too!)

We took to the stage for our 30 minute set a little after our advertised slot due to some organisational difficulties with the schedule, starting off with 'Walk of Life' followed closely by the Tears for Fears classic 'Everybody Wants To Rule The World'. We performed seven songs in total to an ever increasing crowd, including other 80's classics 'Town Called Malice' and James' 'Sit Down' the ever popular 'Mr Brightside' and 'Dakota', finishing off with Van Halen's 'Jump'

The crowd continued to grow during the afternoon until the market place was packed for the final act, Joseph Whelan (X Factor Fame), and a wonderful firework display after the lights had been turned on. We have since heard from the organisers, Liz Hobbs Group Ltd, that the event was a great success and drew in record numbers.

The Business would like to thank Newark Town Council and Liz Hobbs Group Ltd for the kind invitation to play at this years event and look forward to working with them again in the future.

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Friday 8th - The Navigation, Newark - Another fantastic night down The Nav! What more can we say! Thanks to everyone for coming down to see us. We'll be back for a Christmas Special on the 20th December.

October 2013

Friday 4th - The Navigation, Newark - If The Moorings is the place to be for music on a Sunday night, then The Nav is certainly the place to get yourself down to on a Friday! Great night once more, good turnout as usual, some new songs and a couple of old ones back in the set for the night and a guest vocal appearance by Heather Flint on backing vocals in Suspicious Minds. Thought she was absolutely brilliant!

September 2013

Sunday 29th - The Moorings, Newark - The Moorings has really become the place to be now for live music in Newark. The place was packed all night and people were up and dancing from the second song of the first set and kept on going right through to the third encore of the second! We had a fantastic time entertaining you all and look forward to returning in the New Year!

Wednesday 4th - The Castle, Newark - Great night at The Castle as always with a good turnout for a Wednesday. Thanks to everyone who came down to see us and support the pub. We'll be back again in December.

August 2013

Saturday 31st - The Inn On The Green, Coddington - First outing to this village pub and eatery. Good night but not really a dancing crowd. May be back here again in the future, watch the gigs page for more details.

The boys were back from their summer break with a busy Bank Holiday weekend. Two gigs, the first at The Lord Nelson, Sutton on Trent and the second at The Navigation, Newark. Saturday Night outside at The Lord Nelson Pub in Sutton turned out to be a rather damp affair! We arrived on site and had to choose an area in the marquee erected in the car park that looked like it might stay dry if the heavens were to open as predicted. Gear set up and sound checked, Beer sampled and selected from the Bar and sit back and wait for the crowds to arrive. Unfortunately the weather had other ideas and absolutely chucked it down from around 9pm and didn't stop, rather putting the dampener on the whole evenings entertainment. Not to worry though, the band played on, people danced or rather paddled around the beer garden and in the deluge of water that was now rising in the marquee and a great night was had by all who ventured out. Thanks to the Landlord and staff of the Nelson and the guy with the brush who prevented the flood from drowning our gear!

Onward to The Navigation for a Bank Holiday Sunday slot. These must be amongst some of our favourite gigs. Lovely warm evening, large enthusiastic crowd, great venue, what more can you say! We're looking forward to returning to The Nav in October and also will be putting a date in for The Nelson at Sutton for later in the year.

July 2013

Saturday 13th - Collingham Cricket Club - This was our debut down at 'The Dale' on what was probably the hottest day of the year so far! We played a couple of sets to a small but very appreciative crowd and as usual didn't fail to get them up dancing. Thanks to Doreen for organising the event and keeping live music down at 'The Dale' We look forward to returning next season.

Friday 5th - The Navigation, Newark - Friday nights are becoming very popular down at the Nav. Great turnout on a warm summer evening with as many people outside the pub as in. A lot of new faces in the crowd, which is always great to see. We'll be back on Sunday 25th August for as Bank Holiday Special, hope this fine weather holds now for the rest of the summer!

June 2013

Wednesday 12th - The Castle Pub, Newark - Second visit to "our local" The Castle this year and another great night in this "compact and bijou" Newark music venue. Decent turnout for a Wednesday although it looked a bit doubtful at 8.30pm as we sound checked to an empty pub! Still, we kicked of at 9.15pm with Walk of Life by Dire Straits and they all came flooding in. Look forward to coming back to The Castle in September.

Saturday 8th - Chesters, Balderton - We always look forward to playing at Chesters and certainly enjoyed the gig last night. The bar was busy all night and filled with some new and many familiar faces all in fine voice (even had them dancing during the second set!) Thanks to everyone that came down to see us, we'll be back at Chesters in September.   

May 2013

Friday 24th - 18th Newark Beer Festival, Riverside Park, Newark - Can't believe it's 13 years since two of us were last on stage at the 2002 Beer Festival as part of No Claims, Neil (Drums) and Kelv (Guitar), and it was good to be back entertaining the many Real Ale enthusiasts in attendance on Friday night. The good old British weather seemed as though it would impact on the numbers attending the Festival as Friday morning dawned wet, windy and cold (more like November than the end of May!) but thankfully it stopped raining and the wind died down during the afternoon so there was a reasonable turnout for the evening session. The Trailer Park Blues Band kicked off the evening with a 1/2 hour set of Classic Blues showcasing the Newark Blues Festival 2013 set to take place in the town on the 6th and 7th September, then we took to the stage at around 8.45 to perform a selection of our repertoire featuring material from the mid 60's to the present day. We finished off the set around 10.15pm with the crowd singing along to Sex on Fire and an encore of Jump before grabbing a couple of well earned Beers before time was called at 10.30. We'd like to offer our thanks to Duncan for including us in the line up for this year's festival and to Dave and Mark from Forefront for the lighting and sound. Hopefully it'll not be another 13 years before we return!

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Saturday 18th - Oscar's Wine Bar, Grantham - Another trip to Grantham! Getting to be a habit. First gig for us at this town centre modern Bistro/Bar. Fantastic night, great crowd, the place was heaving all night! Thanks to Jo and her staff for their hospitality, we're certainly looking forward to returning in November. 

Wow!! What a weekend! Friday 3rd - The Lord Harrowby, Grantham - First of John's legendary Beer Festivals this year. Dry night weather wise but not as far as the beer was concerned!  Many a fine tune played and many a fine beer consumed, (by those who weren't driving of course!) Thanks to all that came down to support the pub and live music and especially John for inviting us to play once again. We look forward to returning again in the future.

Sunday 5th - The Navigation, Newark - You simply cannot beat a busy Bank Holiday Sunday Night down the Nav!! Pub filled to bursting with lots of new faces and familiar friends of the band. Fantastic night topped off with a magnificent rendition of Van Halen's classic 'Jump' performed by former bassist Ian "Lobba" Dobbs!! Great to have him back on stage again. We've secured a return booking for August Bank Holiday Sunday so if this Sunday was anything to go by, should be another cracking night!

Monday 6th - Kelham Hall & Country Park, Newark - Family Fun Day - This event was organised and run by Kelham Hall Ltd who have taken over the running of the ground floor of the old part of the complex including the Dome, Carriage Court, Drawing Room and Music Room. The Band were contacted on Thursday and invited to play in a marquee in the garden during the day and were pleased to be able to oblige. It was a fantastic day weather wise and the turnout was excellent. We're looking forward to working with the event organiser again in the future for weddings and functions at the hall. Check out for more info.

April 2013

Friday 26th - The Harrow Inn, Ollerton - Over a year since we've been to The Harrow due to the previous landlord pulling the plug on live bands. The pub is now under new management and once again bands are back on the menu. Unfortunately not many in for a Friday night but we certainly enjoyed ourselves as always. Maybe be back here on a Saturday night later in the year, keep an eye on the Gigs page. 

Sunday 21st - The Moorings, Newark - Been a while since we've played at The Moorings, last October in fact. Great to be back! had a fantastic night with a good turn out. Thanks to everyone that came out to see us, we'll be chasing up the management for another gig hopefully later in the year. We're at The Harrow Inn in Ollerton this coming Friday and our next outing in Newark is on Sunday the 5th May at The Navigation. It's a Bank Holiday Weekend, so there's no excuse not to come down for a boogie! See ya'll later!

March 2013

Friday 29th - The Chesters, Balderton - First outing to the Chesters this year and also as the new three piece line up. Played all our new material and some re worked songs from our four piece days. Busy night in the bar with a great crowd, thanks to Michael and his staff as always, looking forward to coming back in June, hopefully the weather will have warned up by then!!

Friday 22nd & Saturday 23rd - Busy weekend!! Friday night saw us at Newark Golf Club entertaining 170 people at British Sugar's end of campaign dinner dance. Then a return to Newark Showground for the UK Spring Motorhome & Caravan Show in "The Pig & Whistle" (aka The Sir Stuart Goodwin Pavilion). Unfortunately the good old British weather decided to take it's ball home as usual somewhat curtailing the expected turnout with some of the overnight campers deciding they had had enough and setting off home earlier in the day. A great gig nevertheless and our thanks go to all the remaining campers who ventured out of their cosy motorhomes and caravans on what could only be described as a bitterly cold night! Also to Russ and his team at Event Developments Ltd for giving us the opportunity to entertain you all once more! Roll on Summer!!

Wednesday 6th - The Castle Pub, Newark - First of our four gigs lined up for The Castle this year, great gig as always with a decent sized crowd in for a midweek gig. We have recently bought a new toy to play with and it had it's first outing on Wednesday, A Mackie DL1608 Digital mixing desk with remote iPad control! This enables our sound engineer to mix the band from the comfort of his barstool next to the Doom Bar pump! A few teething problems led to a longer than usual setup and sound check but all in all a valuable and useful purchase for smaller venues with a lack of space to have a desk out front. Next gig though, Newark Showground for the Motorhome show, we'll be back to the "Full American Stage Show!" Lol!!

February 2013

Friday 8th - The Navigation, Newark - First gig back after Christmas and in the new three piece format. Moving the bands to Fridays certainly seems to be paying off at what is still probably Newark's finest music venue. We played two sets to a packed pub including four new songs that we have been working on through January, 'Dire Straits - Walk of Life' 'REM - The One I Love' 'ELO - Hold on Tight to Your Dreams' & 'Robbie Williams - Angels' were all well received additions to our ever increasing repertoire and there's more in the pipeline for 2013! 

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Thursday 7th - Recent Press Coverage - "A Fitting Tribute & The End Of An Era"

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I It is with great sadness that we have to announce that THE BUSINESS is no longer a four piece, Lobba has decided that he can no longer commit the time that he would like to the band and has therefore decided to leave. This decision had already been made prior to the above article going to press in The Newark Advertiser on Thursday but to go ahead with the write up as a four piece seemed a fitting tribute to Lobba's time with the band and marked the end of an era. We plan to continue for the immediate future as a three piece but will be looking to recruit a replacement Bass Player over the coming months. The rest of the guys would like to take the opportunity to thank Lobba for his services to the band over the last six years and wish him every success with any future enterprise, we'll certainly miss him!!  

December 2012

Saturday 22nd - The Castle, Newark - Can't think of a better way to finish 2012 than a gig at The Castle! Superb night as always in this smashing little Ale House in Newark. Fantastic turnout with the pub filled to capacity. Thanks to everyone that turned out to see us through 2012 and here's to a great 2013. Happy New Year everyone!!

November 2012

Saturday 24th - The Chesters, Balderton - This gig was re arranged from December as we're back at The Chesters on the 21st Dec for the Sold Out Party Night upstairs in the function room. First time we've played at Chesters on a Saturday and we weren't disappointed! Good sized crowd in the bar all night and a great warm up for the Party Gig. Looking forward to the 21st, should be a fantastic night!

Sunday 11th - The Navigation, Newark - And then there were three! Due to Mr Dobbs going down with a serious bout of "Man Flu" (Not been keeping up his intake of McCoys!) we played the gig as a three piece. After much recording and programming of Bass tracks into the wee small hours on Saturday night we managed to put together enough material to put on a show up to our normal high standards. Good turn out as usual, thanks to everyone that came out to support us. We'll be back at the Nav on the 8th February next year as the Live Music Night moves from Sunday to Friday after Christmas. We also wish the 'Lobster' a speedy recovery from the flu and look forward to him rejoining the ranks.

October 2012

Sunday 14th - The Moorings, Newark - Good to be back at this relatively new venue in Newark, set up in the bar again, the venue has decided after a period of time having bands in the restaurant area to move them back to the bar to create a better atmosphere. It certainly worked last night! Hope to be arranging some more dates at The Moorings for the New Year. See you all down The Navigation on the 11th November.

Saturday 6th - The Lincoln Green, North Hykeham - This was our third visit to The Lincoln Green, another enjoyable evening with a good turnout of enthusiastic locals despite there being a few thick heads in the place due to a party on the Saturday night! Thanks to everyone that came down to see us, hopefully be back in the New Year.

September 2012

Friday 14th - The Chester, fast becoming one of our favourite venues! With the Party season fast approaching we decided to try out some new 'party' material for pub regulars and fans both old and new, we think it went down pretty well judging by the comments received. We're currently working on more material including classics from Bon Jovi and Queen to name but two! We'll be back at The Chesters in December for the Party to a Party Night on the 21st which has been moved from the Community Centre to upstairs in Chesters. Tickets for the event are available from Michael at Chesters. 

Saturday 1st - The Castle, Newark - Yet another great gig at The Castle, busiest it's ever been as far as we can remember, the numbers were up due to a hen party calling by during the first set. Congratulations to the Bride to be, hope you didn't get to drunk by the end of the night! Many thanks to everyone that came down to see us, we'll be back at The Castle in December for the Christmas Party. See ya then!

August 2012

Saturday 11th - The Lord Harrowby, Grantham - First time at a new venue Grantham. The Lord Harrowby is situated on Dudley Road and is renowned for it's Real Ale Festivals, which I think it holds twice a year (John, please correct me if I'm wrong!) On offer last night were 25 Ales from both near and far, we managed to sample a few good brews before, between and after the sets (Very nice they were too!) We set up in a small marquee in the yard of the pub on what turned out to be a warm dry August evening (for a change!) to entertain the assembled enthusiastic crowd. Three encores! so I guess they enjoyed us! We would like to thank John for inviting us to play and look forward to a welcome return next summer.

Sunday 5th - The Navigation, Newark - Good to be back on the road after our summer break, this was our second gig at the Nav since it re opened under new management earlier in the year. With two other pubs in town now having bands on Sundays and the Olympics on the TV we were very pleased with the turnout. During our pre gig warm up rehearsal on Friday, we decided to resurrect some classic songs that we haven't played for a while including Cutting Crew's, "(I Just) Died In Your Arms Tonight" and Christopher Cross's "Ride Like The Wind" which we think met with the approval of the assembled crowd. We planned to finish the first set in time to watch Usain Bolt run the 100m final on the TV, but the bugger ran too fast and had his Gold before we'd finished "Born to be Wild"!! Thanks to all who turned out to support us and Ian and his staff for making us so welcome. We're looking forward to returning to the Nav again later in the year.

July 2012

The guys are all currently on their summer vacation! Next gig will be at The 'New' Navigation on Sunday 5th August, where we'll be rested and raring to go! Hope to see you all down there!

The gig at Chesters in November has been moved from Friday 16th to Saturday 24th, make sure you update your diaries!!

*REMEMBER - Video footage of the band can now be found on the Download page!

June 2012

Friday 15th - Chesters, Balderton - England played Sweden in Euro 2012 and won 3-2!! We arrived nice and early, set up, sound checked and watched the match with the locals. Great match and a good result for England! After the final whistle we played a single set of 1 hour 45 mins to an enthusiastic crowd in good spirits thanks to the England result! Thanks once again to Michael and his staff and everyone who came down to see us.

The Business have been booked to play at The Lord Harrowby, Grantham on Saturday the 11th August as part of their Beer Festival. Weather permitting we will be outside in a Marquee! If the good old British weather does it's worst we'll be inside in the Bar. Why not pop along and try some of the Ales on tap and listen to some quality music.

Saturday 3rd - The Lincoln Green, North Hykeham - A long awaited return to this 'Lively' back room bar at the newly refurbished Lincoln Green Pub. Last time we were here there was 5" of snow on the ground, a bit warmer this time! When we arrived at 6.30pm to start setting up the place was heaving! Thanks to everyone who hung around after the 'footy' and whatever party had been on, we sincerely hope you enjoyed the evenings entertainment.... we certainly did!!

Hope to see you all again when we return on October 6th!

May 2012

Sunday 20th - The Moorings  - Our debut gig at The Moorings since they started putting bands on on Sunday nights. The bands set up at present in the main bar with their backs to the picturesque views of the River Trent. This set up may change in the future as there are plans to set the bands up in the larger restaurant area up a small staircase from the bar. A small cosy venue as it stands with comfy chairs and many familiar faces, a great night of entertainment was enjoyed by all! Looking forward to returning some time later this year or early next.

Sunday 6th - The Navigation, Newark - The Nav is definitely back! First Sunday session since it re-opened under new management. Fantastic turn out, thanks to all old and new that came to see us. We've got another couple of dates in the diary this year for this great live music venue.

April 2012

The Navigation has now re-opened under new management and is starting to host Live Music again. The official opening is Thursday 4th May and we are pleased to announce that we have been booked to play on Sunday 6th May. Very much looking forward to playing at this great venue again and wish Ian all the best with his new venture. 

Wednesday 18th - The Castle, Newark - First outing to The Castle this year, always a great gig, this was  no exception! Thanks to all that ventured out in the lousy British weather to see us. Certainly didn't dampen your spirits.

March 2012

Friday 23rd/Saturday 24th - This weekend saw us play two gigs, Friday night at Chesters in Balderton and Saturday at the UK Motorhome and Caravan Spring Fair at Newark Show Ground. The weekend started on a high with another great Friday night at Chesters. Good turnout with some new faces in the Bar, we always enjoy playing at this fantastic pub venue. Thanks once again to Michael and his staff, we'll be back at Chesters on the 15th June.

Having never played at a Motorhome and Caravan Spring Fair before, we were not sure what to expect when we arrived at Newark Showground to begin setting up. The nights entertainment for the 1000+ campers included The Grumbleweeds and Chequers Showband in the Cedric Ford Pavilion and The Business in The Sir Stuart Goodwin Pavilion, renamed the 'The Pig & Whistle' for the evening to create a pub style venue. By 7pm we had finished setting up and sound checking and reports came in that the queue to get into the Cedric Ford was about 300 yards long and people had started to gather outside The Pig & Whistle waiting for the doors to open. By the time we took to the stage at 8.30pm the venue was up to capacity. We played two sets including most of our repertoire and by the end of the second set the place was rockin' culminating in the crowd demanding some three encores! We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and have already been asked to appear again next year, which we're all very much looking forward to. Thanks to everyone that came to support us and to Russ and the team at Event Developments Ltd for giving us the opportunity to entertain you all!


*** The Gig on the 5th May at The Harrow Inn, Ollerton has been cancelled. Apparently the Landlord has pulled the plug on staging Live Bands ***


Friday 2nd - The Rutland Arms, Newark - Another first for us, never played at The Rutland before. Great night and a good turnout for what's usually a quiet night in this pub. Many members of The Business Fan club in attendance and the wine was flowing nicely! First time out for a few new songs including, Disco 2000 - Pulp, All I Need Is A Miracle - Mike And The Mechanics and Bohemian Like You by The Dandy Warhols. Will be back at The Rutland later in the year, don't forget to check out the Gigs page regularly.

February 2012

Saturday 4th - The Lincoln Green, North Hykeham, Lincoln - First gig at this Lincoln Pub. Had a good time despite the 4" snow falling between 5pm and midnight which may have deterred some of the locals and people who normally travel to see us. Looking forward to coming back to play here sometime during the summer when the pub re opens after it's forthcoming refurb. Many thanks to the locals that braved the weather and the staff for their warm hospitality.  

January 2012

Saturday 7th - The Harrow Inn, Ollerton - First outing to this new venue for us. I believe this is a new idea by one of the regulars to introduce bands to the locals at the pub, who are more used to seeing duo's and solo artists for their Saturday night entertainment. Good sized crowd and some familiar faces from the Eakring posse! We're booked to play here again in May so we look forward to seeing you all then.

December 2011

Saturday 31st - The Business played at the first New Years Eve celebration in over 20 years at Newark Rugby Club! Despite a relatively poor turnout a great night was had by all in attendance and the guys welcomed in the New Year with a Bang! May we wish you all a Happy New Year and look forward to entertaining you again in 2012!

Wednesday 21st - The Castle, Newark - "So Here It Is, Merry Christmas" as Noddy once said! Another truly enjoyable evening at The Castle. Great to see everyone down there for the Christmas Bash. Wigs, frilly shirts, Bermuda shorts, blow up guitars and copious amounts of Rev James!! Need I say more? Click on the link below to view the pictures of the evening.

Photos from the event

Sunday 18th - The Chesters, Balderton - With the recent sad loss of the Navigation as a live music venue many local pubs are looking to take over the Sunday night slot. We had the pleasure of being the second band to play a Sunday at The Chesters, which is a new venture for landlord Michael. It was a good turn out and a great night, many familiar faces from The Nav and The Business fan club were in attendance. We would like to wish Michael every success with Sunday nights and if this does becomes regular Sunday night venue we're sure to back in the New Year.

November 2011

Saturday 19th - The Fox & Crown, Newark - Great to be back at The Fox, fantastic turnout, thoroughly enjoyed playing again for fans new and old!

Saturday 8th - The Mayze, Newark - First Saturday Night outing to the Mayze. Good crowd in, if live bands become a regular feature on Saturdays we're sure to be back some time in the future. Keep an eye on the Gigs page for further updates.

September 2011

Saturday 24th - The Castle, Newark - Yee Ha!! Always a great gig at The Castle and this was no exception! Great turnout as usual, thanks to everyone who came down to see us. We'll be back at The Castle on the 21st December for a Christmas Special!!

The Business have been back to Tabby Road Studios to record some new demo tracks for promotional purposes. Recording of five new tracks was completed on the 2nd & 3rd September and we're heading back on the 19th to carry out the final mix down. CD's should be available to perspective customers or anyone that wants one at the gig at The Castle on 24th September. All tracks will also be downloadable from the Downloads page on this Website.  

August 2011

Saturday 28th - The Robin Hood & Little John, Aslackby - First visit to this country inn situated on the A15 between Sleaford and Bourne. We played outside on the back of a trailer in a very pleasant Beer Garden at the side of the pub to a small but enthusiastic crowd that had braved the somewhat autumnal August Bank Holiday weather! BBQ food washed down with plenty of Bateman's XB, a good night was had by all. Not sure whether bands are to be a regular feature at the pub but we're certainly up for a return visit if invited back in the New Year.

Sunday 21st - The Navigation, Newark - Another great gig at The Nav!! We decided to play one set this time and played for 2 hours and 10 mins! How's that for value!! Thanks to everyone that came down to support us, great turnout and some new faces in the crowd. We're looking forward to being back at the Nav at Christmas. See y'all then!

Remember to check out all the other great bands on at the Nav in the meantime, details at:-

July 2011

Friday 15th - The Chesters, Balderton - Friday Night at Chesters is always a good one! Had a great time playing to a very appreciative crowd. Back here in October, once again thanks to Michael and his staff for making us feel so welcome!

June 2011

Friday 17th - Newark LocAle & Weinfest, Castle Grounds, Newark. The Business headlined Friday night's entertainment at the 2nd Newark LocAle & Weinfest in the picturesque Castle grounds. The festival organised by Newark Town Council is a biennial event involving Newark's twin town, Emmendingen, situated in the Breisgau wine producing area of the Black Forest in Germany. Anyway, enough of the history lesson, the guys took to the stage around 9pm and played a 1 and a half hour set to an enthusiastic if somewhat damp crowd who had braved the crap British weather to sample the fine wines from Germany, numerous local ales and quality entertainment on tap. The Business would like to thank all our devoted fans, Newark Town Council and everyone else involved in organising the event and look forward to being invited to play again in 2013.

Photos from the event

Wedsnesday 15th - The Castle, Newark - Second visit to The Castle this year, great turnout once more, aired some more new songs in front of the usual very enthusiastic crowd. Classic Rock & Pop tunes from the 70's to present day washed down with a few pints of Doom Bar! Can't beat it!!

May 2011

Saturday 21st - The Fox & Crown, Newark - A Welcome return to The Fox after over a year, a busy Saturday night with many familiar faces and some new ones too! Thanks to everyone that came out to see us. Looking forward to returning later in the year.

Friday 6th - The Angel Inn, Kneesall - Great gig and a great turnout, busiest night yet at this country pub venue. Loud and enthusiastic crowd as usual swelled by the whole of Eakring turning out! Many thanks to all who travelled to see us and Paula and her team for making us so welcome. We'll be back later in the year around Bonfire Night, keep an eye on the Gigs page.

April 2011

Saturday 9th - The Castle Pub, Newark - Wow!   What a Night!   What a Turnout!  It's always fantastic to play to a full pub and it was certainly that at The Castle on Saturday. We all had a great night and enjoyed playing for everyone that packed into this brilliant pub. One or two new songs in the set and the return of one or two others all went down well. Thanks to Hel & Wayne for making us so welcome and especially Hel for this great quote from Facebook:-

  • "We have just had one of the best bands in town, playing the best music around, in the best pub for live music this side of mars. A HUGE thanks and hugs to the Business, you guys rock with a capital RRRRR. If you were not there to witness this awesomeness, shame on you.......hx"

Looking forward to returning in June!

March 2011

Thursday 3rd - The Talbot Inn, Mansfield - Great to back at this lively venue in Mansfield. Been just over a year since we were last here and a few alterations have been made to make the venue more 'band' friendly to good effect.  Still get a good crowd in on a Thursday to support the bands which is great. Look forward to returning in June.

February 2011

Tuesday 8th - Please note: The Gig at The Talbot Inn, Mansfield has been moved to the 3rd March from the 24th.

Friday 4th - The Angel Inn, Kneesall - Second visit to The Angel for what turned out to be a most enjoyable evening, The Eakring fraternity of The Business Fan Club were in the house once more and in fine voice, (I'm sure they've been practising!) Thanks to Paula for putting up with us again and everyone who turned out to support us. Looking forward to returning in May, hopefully it'll be a warm, dry evening and we may even be able to play outside!

January 2011

Sunday 30th - The Navigation, Newark - Always a great Sunday night at 'The Nav!' Thanks to everyone that came down and supported us, we'll be back for another couple of gigs at this great venue later in the year.

Friday 14th - The Chesters, Balderton - Happy New Year! First gig back after the Christmas break. Always a fantastic place to play, great night again! Thanks to everyone who came to see us and Michael and his staff for making us feel so welcome, be back here in April.

December 2010

Saturday 11th - The Grove Inn, Balderton - First time at this venue, interesting set up. Had a good night, some familiar faces turned out to see us. Pub is currently being run by a relief manager so we may get back here in 2011, keep an eye on the gigs page for more info.

Friday 3rd - The Barge & Bottle, Sleaford - It was with much reluctance and great regret that we had to cancel last night's gig due to the poor weather conditions. We spent all week hoping that the snow would eventually stop falling, but had to make the decision to pull out purely on safety grounds. The risk of travelling from Newark to Sleaford and back in snow and icy conditions with all the gear in the van was considered too great.

May we take this opportunity to apologise to the management at the Barge and to anyone who braved the conditions to come out and see us. We hope to be back at this great venue some time in the New Year. 

November 2010

Friday 26th - The Angel Inn, Kneesall - The Angel has recently started having bands on a Friday and this was our first outing there. Had a magnificent night! Thanks to Paula and the staff for making us so welcome and the marvellous backing singers from Eakring!! (You know who you are girls!) We hope the band night is a success and well supported and look forward to seeing you all again when we return on the 4th February next year.

October 2010

Friday 15th - The Chesters, Balderton - We really enjoy playing here, another great night. Thanks to Michael for the fantastic hospitality and some great MC work. Love the smoke and the lighting, truly a publican who loves live music. Looking forward to returning in 2011.

Saturday 9th - The Barge & Bottle, Sleaford - Back in Sleaford at last! Great gig, love the punters and atmosphere in this pub. We'll be back in December for the run up to Christmas. Check out the gigs page for more details.

September 2010

Wednesday 15th - The Castle Pub, Newark - It's Castle time again! Always love playing this venue, great atmosphere and a few new faces, thanks to all who came down and supported us. Summer Lightning and Doom Bar, spoilt for choice!!

August 2010

Sunday 8th - The Navigation, Newark - Another very enjoyable Sunday night at this great live music venue. Thanks to everyone for coming down to see us look forward to seeing you all again soon.

June 2010

Sunday 27th - Debut Gig at The Bold Forester, Mansfield - Despite England bombing out of The World Cup, had a fantastic night at this great pub. People and staff very welcoming, thanks to all who stayed after the match and supported us. Hope to be back here later in the year! Keep a eye on the Gigs page for more info. Oh yeah and thanks to the guy who bought us a drink, jolly decent bloke!!

Thursday 24th - The Castle Pub, Newark - This is getting to be a habit! Thanks to all who came down to see us again in this small and intimate venue, truly felt like an evening with The Business. Thanks to Hel and Wayne for their wonderful hospitality and great selection of Beer as usual. (Not often the landlady helps you unload the van!! Thanks Hel)

May 2010

Saturday 22nd - Simon's 50th Birthday! Our No1 Fan, Mr Verrills, has reached the ripe old age of 50! The Band were delighted to be invited to play at the festivities at Newark Rugby Club.

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March 2010

Wednesday 31st - The Castle Pub, Newark - A welcome return to The Castle Inn in Newark, had a fantastic night again. Great atmosphere and great beer! The Doom Bar certainly hits the spot! Thanks to the new management for having us back and all our devoted fans for turning out to support us.

The Castle is a real ale and live music pub and has live music most nights. Check out the website at:-

Friday 19th - First gig at the Chesters in Balderton. We didn't realise what a great venue this is. Wonderful stage area in the bar with lights and smoke effects courtesy of Michael the Landlord. Enthusiastic crowd and management make this a must for music in the Newark area. We are certainly looking forward to returning in July. 

September 2009

The lads have been busy down at Tabby Road Studios through September recording a five track demo CD for promo purposes.

The CD features music from the 80's to present day, Simple Minds - Don't You (Forget About Me), Duran Duran - Hungry Like The Wolf, Van Halen - Jump, Coldplay - Clocks and The Kaiser Chiefs - Ruby.

CD's are available at gigs or by post for prospective customers free of charge.

Tracks can also be downloaded from the Downloads page on this site.

Thanks to Phil Aldridge for the superb job he has done for us.

October 2009

Due to popular demand the guys are now working on new material for forthcoming gigs including The Killers and The Kings of Leon.

Hope to see you all soon!