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8 Mar 2019

March Newsletter

We’d like to welcome you to the March edition of our Newbury Newsletter where you can keep up to date with everything going on here at the racecourse, plus the latest on all the exciting events we have lined up this month.

WHAT’S NEW

 
Newbury Racecourse Parade Ring
 

Here at Newbury we have spent the last two years undergoing a major redevelopment. With the work now almost complete, a ‘new’ Newbury is ready to be explored. To learn more about all the exciting changes our Head of Operations, Lucy Hayes explains more. Click the button below.

THIS MONTH

Don’t miss our Be Wiser Jump Season Finale at the end of the month (Friday 22 and Saturday 23 March). Scheduled across two days with a Grade 2 mares hurdle the feature race on Saturday. We will also be celebrating the highlights and stars of our jump season with the second year of The Newburys, in association with Conundrum.

 

HOSPITALITY FOCUS

Hospitality at Newbury Racecourse

For every raceday we have a variety of hospitality and dining options available, designed to suit each individual need. Both our restaurants offer stunning views of the course, with the Racegoers overlooking the finishing straight and the Hennessy set high above the winning post. Likewise, our hospitality boxes can offer you and your guests the chance to enjoy the races in style. For more information call our hospitality team on 01635 40015 or click the button below to send an e-mail.

THE FLAT IS BACK 

Coming up, don’t miss the return of the flat at Newbury Racecourse on Friday 12 and Saturday 13 April for Dubai Duty Free Spring Trials Weekend. Come and see some future stars in action and start your summer in style.

Ladies Day returns on Saturday 18 May where style meets top quality racing. Join us for the Group 1 Al Shaqab Lockinge. Sat 18 May

Look ahead to our DDF Spring Trials and Beer Festival on Saturday 13 April where we will have more than 50 beers from local breweries available. Sat 13 April

Don’t miss out on your chance to see two big acts this summer at Newbury. Get your tickets for  Tom Jones on 20 July or Madness on 17 August. Music at Newbury

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8 Mar 2019

 

On the final day of our #NationalCareersWeek look into our incredible team here, we feature Sarah King, our Marketing Executive, and how she came to work at Newbury Racecourse.

When did you start work at Newbury Racecourse?

I started at Newbury in July 2015 as part of a yearlong placement halfway through my Marketing Degree at Liverpool John Moores University.

What did you do prior to working here?

Just a carefree undergrad… I spent some time before starting my degree working in a few agency jobs, I wasn’t 100% sure which route I should take so used these jobs to work out what I enjoyed. The most entertaining was responding to magazine articles as Peppa Pig! I also did a stint at a mystery shopping company which was fascinating, I got to see the flip side of marketing and it ultimately made me decide a Marketing degree was the path I wanted to go down.

In terms of horse racing experience I had very little, other than the odd student job being a beer keg girl at Aintree – being 5ft and carrying half my weight in beer sounded more fun than it was on a busy National day!

What was your first job here?

I started out as the intern, assisting the Conference and Events (C&E) side of the business with Marketing before they had a dedicated C&E marketeer. I found this placement myself after a chance encounter at a football game, it wasn’t advertised and I believe it might never have been a role at all if I hadn’t asked if they’d consider taking a placement student for 2015. The best bit about being at a small business was that I was treated as a ‘proper’ employee rather than just an intern. When I look back I was so fortunate to have been given the chance to get stuck in with real projects that meant something to the business, my proudest were working on the collateral for the new Lodge Hotel and helping to re-map the C&E marketing plan. 

What is your current job here?

I never really left, I travelled to and from Liverpool weekly to do a day a week in the office – everyone thought I was crazy. But it paid off and I am now here full time as Marketing Executive working on the racing side of the business. I particularly enjoy the planning and project style of a race day, I think everyone who works here would say the same, the thrill of a successful day is worth the exhaustion.

What advice would you have for someone looking to get into a similar line of work?

Don’t waste those early years, do your best to get as much experience as possible. Also if your doing a degree with the option of a placement, I can’t recommend it enough; if your struggling to find a placement with the corporate giants and on the verge of giving up, look outside the box for small businesses who might not have considered offering a placement before you asked. You will certainly get out what you put in and you never know, there might be a job at the end.

7 Mar 2019

 

Continuing with the theme, our part-time Management Accountant, Rebecca Kemp has let us know about her job and what it is like to come back to work after maternity leave.

When did you start work at Newbury Racecourse?

I started on Saturday 1st December 2012, Hennessy Gold Cup Day!

What did you do prior to working here?

Before here I worked at James Cowper Chartered Accountants in Newbury and Oxford for 10 years. I started there straight after leaving 6th form and they took me through my AAT and ACCA qualification, I qualified as an accountant in 2007.

What was your first job here?

Full time Management Accountant. It was a big transition moving from Practice into Industry after 10 years but one I am thankful to have had the opportunity to make.

The key part of my role is preparing the monthly accounts for Newbury Racecourse. This is very interesting and varied as it is not just the Racing accounts that I do but also those for the Rocking Horse Nursery, The Lodge and the Conference and Events business. I also worked racedays where I was involved in gate set up and cash office management so something very different to my day to day role.

What is your current job here?

Part time Management Accountant. I had my son Remi 2 years ago and returned after a years maternity leave in a part time role. I’m very lucky that while I’m at my desk working I know my son is in safe hands across the car park at the Rocking Horse Nursery.

What was the hardest part about coming back to work part time?

It’s hard to fit everything in. I have to stay very organised and manage my time well.

What advice would you have for someone looking to get into a similar line of work?

Experience to gain good accounting knowledge is key, I was very fortunate to have been offered an apprenticeship at James Cowper when I was 18 which has been invaluable.

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