Business

Buy out deal saves landmark town store

A landmark Spalding store is to be saved, along with 25 jobs, thanks to a buy out deal announced today. Hills Department Store was set to close in the new year but the owners have reached an agreement with Scott Crowson of Coneys Clothing Stores in Lincoln and Boston, who will buy the business in the new year.All 25 Hills’ ...

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Spalding pub flushed with praise for its toilets

A Spalding pub has won acclaim for the quality and standards of its toilets – in the Loo of the Year Awards 2020. The Ivy Wall in New Road has been awarded a platinum rating by inspectors. The awards are aimed at highlighting and improving standards of ‘away from home’ toilet provision across the UK. Loo of the Year Awards ...

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Crafty talents set up new market

Creatives in South Holland have come up with a crafty idea to sell their wares in the lead up to Christmas thanks to Baytree. The craft market has been set up in the Weston garden centre with around 30 traders selling their wares. Normally they would be at various fayres and markets, but with many having been cancelled due to ...

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New menswear store for Springfields

A new menswear brand is to open a shop in Springfields. Eden Menswear which stocks the latest designer menswear from premium brands including Lacoste, Jack & Jones, Original Penguin, Luke, Nicce & Cavani, and Wrangle, will be opening its doors on October 28. Ian Sanderson, director of Springfields, said: “Eden Menswear adds to our strong fashion offer. This time for men. We always ...

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Ewemove wins top agent award

A South Holland estate agent is celebrating after being recognised as being part of the best sales and lettings agency in the country. Sophie Harker and Sarah Chilvers, who run Ewemove in Spalding and Stamford, are part of the team presented with the awards for Best Nationa Sales and Best National Lettings Agency at the recent EA Masters event, beating ...

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A year shaking up Holbeach

It’s been a ‘whirlwind’ first year for Milkshake Madness which is proving a huge Holbeach success story. Sheree Hoque and partner Thomas Humphrey set up the Boston Road eatery last year. What started as a business serving milkshake and desserts has already expanded to bigger premises, has a staff of ten and originated a delivery service, all despite more than ...

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MP cuts the ribbon on new Spalding care home

South Hollands and the Deepings MP Sir John Hayes has cut the ribbon on Spalding’s newest care home. Fenchurch House is County Court’s 33rd care home and has been built on the site of the former Goodfellows School on Spalding Common. It can home up to 60 people offer long term residential care, short-term respite care and specialist dementia care. ...

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FEZ set for new global project

South Holland’s food technology industry is set to benefit from a new international trade initiative. The announcement will see the area work with the Department for International Trade to attract overseas investment into agrifood automation and robotics. Holbeach’s Food Enterprise Zone (FEZ) will be part of the project involving 177 cities around the world. It will be part of the ...

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Finishing touches being put to The Chequers

The finishing touches are being put in to bring a historic Holbeach pub back into use. The Chequers has been completely renovated by Rob Bridgewater and Jamie Sandford, of API Limited, in a £1.5m project. The pair are finishing the inside of the bar area after previously completing the 15 flats above it. They’re now looking for someone to run ...

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Family vow to keep serving town

The family who have overseen Hills Department Store for the last 60 years have vowed to continue to serve the town for years to come through their furniture store. The Turner family yesterday announced the Market Place store is set to close its doors in the new year. But the family says it will carry on serving the town, including ...

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Ready to build for the future

The future is bright for Long Sutton family firm RK Wilson Builders as it looks to expand its already impressive portfolio. The firm has been taken over by founder Rodney Wilson’s son Dean and Robert Spenceley. They’re looking to build on the first 54 years of the company and expand it even further. “It’s a really exciting time,” said Robert. ...

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Half a century of building success

After more than half a century in the building trade, Rodney Kenneth Wilson is passing on the mantle for the construction firm he built single-handedly. The 74-year-old set up RK Wilson Builders after being asked to build a house as a 21-year-old. He’s not looked back since, building hundreds of homes in the local area. Now Rodney is handing over ...

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Developer to begin work

A contractor is set to start work on a development of more than 50 affordable homes in Crowland.Longhurst Group, which owns and manages more than 23,000 homes across the Midlands, is delivering the 55-home development in Crease Drove after planning permission was granted earlier this year.The homes, which will be a mixture of one, two and three-bedroom properties, will be ...

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Co-op one of the top employers

Lincolnshire Co-op has been named as one of the country’s top employers. The community retailer has been awarded the prestigious Investors in People platinum (IIP) accreditation, the highest level held by under 200 employers nationally – just two per cent of IIP-accredited organisations.A rigorous assessment took place in spring this year, including a survey with more than 2,100 staff and ...

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Easy ripening for avocados

Ideas to improve Holbeach town centre including the possibility of making High Street one-way are being discussed amid concerns current plans won’t work. Holbeach Parish Council says it will also wants to hear ideas from the public on how to ease congestion in the town, particularly at the Market Hill junction.South Holland District Council is bidding for £4m of the ...

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Dave is best in the region

A local man has landed a prestigious building award. Dave Rogers, who works for Ashwood Homes, has been named the Local Authority Building Control Site Manager of the Year for the East Midlands. A spokesman for Ashwood Homes said: “It’s an amazing achievement. “Dave is a hard working and dedicated site manager committed to providing quality homes for our clients.”

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Work on old hospital site begins

Work has begun to turn the former Welland Hospital site into a development of affordable homes. Longhurst is building 36 homes to be accessible from Roman Bank and Holbeach Road, half of whch will be available for shared ownership and half for rent. The group’s director of land and new business, Charlotte Smith, said: “We’re delighted to have started work ...

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Big boost for new Holbeach Food Enterprise Zone

The Holbeach Food Enterprize Zone (FEZ) is to be given a share of a £28.5m cash pot. The Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership has been given the money as part of the government’s Getting Building Fund. The FEZ is one of six projects the partnership is looking to spend the money on in the county. Set to create 973 jobs, ...

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Springfields delighted at customer numbers

Those who run Springfields say they’ve had a brilliant few weeks post lockdown and trading is even up compared to this time last year. Spalding Leisure Retail say last week’s trading was better than at the same time last year. A spokesman said: “When comparing last week’s trading (week 30) with the same period in 2019, sales were up 2 ...

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Second phase of grants open to more businesses

More businesses will be eligible for government grants to help them through the COVID-19 crisis from Monday. South Holland District Council will launch the second phase of its Discretionary Grant Scheme, widening the criteria to allow even more businesses in the district to access vital funding to support them through the impact of coronavirus. Since lockdown began in March the ...

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