Business

Battling Alice gets back to business

Fortitude and positivity appear to come naturally to brain tumour sufferer Alice Prior. Since the age of three, her ambition had always been to work with children. So when the chance to take up a university offer to study paediatric nursing was suddenly dashed by the diagnosis of the tumour in 2014, the Spalding 25-year-old was determined not to be ...

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‘First ever’ PPE shop at centre

What its owner believes is the first Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) public shop in the country has popped up at Springfields. Tony Foote, of Ubitrac PPE Outlet, has set up the shop selling items such as facemasks and gowns. Ubitrac itself is usually a Boston-based tech company with a special emergency app for NHS staff among its regular projects. But ...

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McDonald’s Drive-Thru restaurants in South Holland re-open

Both Spalding and Long Sutton’s McDonald’s are open for Drive-Thru customers. The eateries have been closed since March but had re-opened on a reduced menu. In a release McDonald’s said: “Today McDonald’s will reopen restaurants for Drive-Thru and McDelivery with new measures in place to help keep employees and customers safe. This follows a successful pilot in May. “With restaurant ...

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Call for ‘Student Land Army’ to help bring harvest in

Students are being encouraged to help pick food in the county as farms are struggling to recruit workers. The Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership says it’s looking to create a Student Land Army to bring in this year’s harvest. It says 80,000 seasonal workers are needed from the end of May. The partnership is particularly targeting sixth-formers and students and ...

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New visors for factory staff

Staff at a number of factories in South Lincolnshire will be wearing new disposable visors amid the COVID-19 crisis. Last week Bakkavor – which has factories in Spalding, Sutton Bridge and Bourne – took delivery of 350,000 face visors for its UK workforce. With priority placed on supply equipment to NHS staff, Bakkavor has developed its own disposable visor for ...

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Success for Oh My Cod

Oh My Cod in Spalding has been named as one of the UK’s Ten Best Mobile Fish & Chip Operators for 2019/20. The accolade follows an extensive search by leading trade publication Fry Magazine to find those mobile sellers serving up the finest fish suppers. To make the Ten Best, Oh My Cod had to impress a mystery diner who ...

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Bakkavor announces cuts due to reduction in orders

Bakkavor has announced cuts including furloughing some staff “wherever possible” due to a “reduction in orders across all categories”. The firm, which has a base in West Marsh Road, Spalding, says the current uncertainty over the COVID-19 situation is the reason for the measures being introduced. In a statement released this morning, the company said: “We are reviewing capacity across ...

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Where there’s a will there’s a way – even at this difficult time

A Spalding law firm is adapting to ensure it can meet the increased need for its services. Maples LLP, which is based in New Road, has seen a demand in people looking to make a will. That normally involves signings and face-to-face meetings, but the company has moved to ensure it’s continuing to comply with current government guidance. As such ...

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‘Protecting customers staff and their families’

A family-run plumbing and heating firm is taking extra measures to ensure both its customers and staff can be reassured at this difficult time. Simon Barker Plumbing and Heating has brought in new sanitizing protocol for all staff members and has also bought in specialist thermometers that will tell staff the moment their body is slightly warmer than it should ...

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Spalding taxi firm will pick up your food and meds during coronavirus

A Spalding taxi firm is offering to pick up food and medicine for those that are self-isolating due to coronavirus. Smart Cabs and the company’s fleet of drivers are looking to help as many as possible by offering the pick up service in the town. As well as their usual taxi service, the company will be able to pick up ...

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Shops sign up for waste app

An app designed to reduce food waste by letting shops alert users to cut-price food destined to be binned has been adopted by shops in South Holland. The Too Good To Go app lets shops sign up and offer reduced food to users. More than 20m people use the service nationally and locally, Spar shops have signed up and were ...

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Could your business save hundreds of pounds?

South Holland District Council is encouraging local businesses to check whether they are entitled to Small Business Rate Relief, potentially saving them hundreds of pounds a year. Business rates, which are set by the national government rather than local councils, are charged on most non-domestic properties, like shops, offices, pubs and factories. Hundreds of businesses in South Holland are eligible ...

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Firm celebrates its employees

Spalding-based recruitment firm Encore Personnel has celebrated a record year of growth and expansion at its prestigious annual staff awards. Recognising that its employees were key to its success, Encore’s staff awards, now in its 18th year, acknowledges the hard work of its employees and all branches. The ceremony celebrated individual and team successes and thanked attendees for their dedication ...

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New Lidl set to open in Spalding

The new Lidl on Holbeach Road in Spalding is set to open tomorrow (Thursday). A ribbon cutting ceremony is due to take place at 8am and there will be a host of offers on offer throughout the weekend, the supermarket says. The new supermarket forms part of the company’s ongoing expansion and regeneration plans in the UK and has created ...

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Chance to give to others at Springfields

The Gifting Tree is back at Springfields again this year until December 15. A spokesman for Springfields Outlet said: “This hugely popular initiative is a great way to give back this Christmas. “This year, Springfields is collecting toys and gifts not only for children, but also for vulnerable adults in the local area that might not otherwise receive a Christmas ...

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Strike action planned at Spalding food factory

Union members at a Spalding food factory have voted for strike action in a dispute over pay. Staff at the Spalding Bakkavor site have planned a walk-out in protest over the company’s offer of a 1.5 per cent pay increase and a 1.5 per cent lump sum. A spokesman for Unite, the union that organised the strike, said this comes ...

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‘Lord’ John’s long service

A ‘lord’ has been recognised for 25 years of service to a Spalding factory. John Tomlinson (45) first joined the Spalding Bakery, currently owned by Addo Foods as a 20-year-old in the cold pie department after a short spell in the RAF. John, who is called ‘Lord’ by colleagues because he owns a square foot of land in Scotland, now ...

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Six decades for family at store

This week marks 60 years since 14 and 15-year-old siblings took over a Spalding business which their family has turned in to a local High Street icon. Hills Department Store & Hills Furniture Store has been built up by the Turner family ever since and they’re celebrating six decades of serving the town on Friday, November 8. The shop, then ...

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Spalding pub ditches Halloween for Jesus

A Spalding group has negotiated a three-night “alternative to Halloween” at a town pub. The three-strong Spalding leg of The Light Collective will take over decorations at The Ivy Wall pub between October 28-31 for “light project evenings”, according to group member Joseph Edwards. Mr Edwards said the evenings will carry a Christian message but still have pumpkins and sweets ...

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The catwalk comes to Hills

Staff at Hills again swapped the sales floor for the catwalk as they held a fashion show that helped raise around £400 for charity. Last week’s autumn and winter show is the third put on by the Spalding store.Over 70 guests snapped up bargains and raised money for Macmillan Cancer Research thanks to a raffle.Organiser and the fashion floor manager ...

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