Business

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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Escape room is an absolute scream

The zombies are coming and you have 60 minutes to escape – Happy Halloween! That’s the premise for The Infected one of the two new escape room games that are proving a huge success in the centre of Spalding, and it’s fantastic, challenging fun. Rush Hour Escape Rooms is the brainchild of Brett Harman and Hannah Stinson. The pair loved ...

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Company to create 400 jobs in Spalding

Around 400 jobs are being created in South Holland by a firm that sells recipe boxes. Gousto, which has a ‘fulfilment centre’ on Marsh Road in Spalding, is expanding after receiving a £30million funding boost recently. They’ve announced over 700 new jobs nationally, around 400 in Spalding with 300 more at its base in London. A spokesman for the company, ...

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New business is child’s play

A new play-centre for young children which will have an emphasis on role-play is set to open in Holbeach’s historic former pub The Bell. Petite Street is the brainchild of Sophie Sandford whose husband Jamie has bought the building and nearby The Chequers. The mother-of-one is turning the downstairs of The Bell into the centre for early years children. “There ...

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Awards for dedicated staff

Two women who have worked for the same department store for a combined 84 years since they were teenagers have been given long service awards. Karen Baker and Sue Berridge have worked for Hills in Spalding for 44 and 40 years respectively. Karen joined the family firm straight from school and as well as working in every department at some ...

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Golden show for Taylors

Taylors Bulbs have won their 26th consecutive Gold medal at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show for their stunning display of British grown daffodils from its Holbeach farm. The display is made up of over 70 varieties of daffodils and 2000 flowers of all colours, shapes and sizes. The stand is truly a magnificent sight, regularly stopping visitors in their tracks ...

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Town could be energy centre

The emerging Food Enterprise Zone at Holbeach could be at the heart of developing clean technology into the sector across the area, according to a new energy strategy. A draft strategy put together by The Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) says energy supplies need to be future- proofed to provide an affordable and reliable source for business. The document ...

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Crowland garden centre closing doors?

A Crowland garden centre is to close at the end of next month after a buyer could not be found for the business. The Wyevale centre has struggled with footfall since the A16 bypass was opened, and is one of a number of centres being off-loaded by its parent company. Up to 19 members of staff face the possibility of ...

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Royal honour for family business

The couple currently behind a 55-year-old family business say having the war memorial they built for Spalding unveiled by royalty is their highlight so far. The Holbeach Memorial Company were commissioned to create the World War Two memorial that was earlier this month visited by the Duke of Kent. It was a proud moment for Sarah Cook and Gary Huggins ...

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Couple make VR hub a reality

Lincolnshire’s first virtual reality centre opened on Saturday (March 9) in Long Sutton. VR Zone, at Hodding Way, is set up as a place for people to experience cutting-edge fun. Owners Tele and Purdy Barros got the idea for the centre when they visited the Insomnia gaming show in Birmingham with their Fortnite-obsessed sons. While there, the couple experienced using ...

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Virtual reality gaming centre opens in Long Sutton this weekend

Lincolnshire’s first virtual reality centre will open on Saturday (March 9) in Long Sutton. VR Zone, at Hodding Way, is set up as a place for people to experience cutting-edge fun. Owners Tele and Purdy Barros got the idea for the centre when they visited the Insomnia gaming show in Birmingham with their Fortnite-obsessed sons. While there, the couple experienced ...

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Amber-Jane is nailing life

A 21-year-old has been ranked among the best in the country at her profession just a year after opening her Spalding business. Amber-Jane Parish owns The Painted Lady which on Sunday was named as the runner-up in the Nail Salon of the Year at the English Hair and Beauty Awards 2019. She and her only employee, 17-year-old sister Eden-Ann Parish, ...

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Hundreds attend latest South Holland Jobs Fair

Nearly 600 people attended a jobs fair which proved popular with both businesses and job-hunters. South Holland Jobs Fair, which is organised by the district council and The Department for Work and Pensions saw a host of businesses and organisations at the Castle Sports Complex in Spalding on Tuesday. And 586 people, up from around 550 last year, attended the ...

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Bakkavor’s Holbeach St Marks Freshcook site faces closure

A consultation to propose the closure of Bakkavor’s Freshcook site at Holbeach St Marks is underway. A spokesman said the site employs a total of 680 people work at the site, 520 of which are “weekly paid employees”. These will be offered roles at other sites, while the remaining 160 employees face a more uncertain future. A Bakkavor spokesman said: ...

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Spalding’s Encore raises £18,000 for charity

Spalding-based recruitment agency, Encore Personnel has raised an impressive £18,000 for three children’s charities. Every year, staff from the New Road business nominate charities to support which are often influenced by causes close to their hearts. This year’s beneficiaries were The Sick Children’s Trust, Cardiac Risk in the Young and CLIC Sargent (Cancer Charity for Children and Young People). An ...

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Good rating for Spalding care home

Staff, residents and families at Ashwood Nursing Home in Spalding were delighted to continue to be rated ‘Good’ in all areas in their latest Care Quality Commission report. The report praised the homes open and inclusive culture and noted that residents continued to receive care from staff who were kind, patient and considerate. The report highlighted that people were comfortable ...

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