Business

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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Baytree backs Give a Gift appeal

The Give A Gift Appeal has received a huge boost this week thanks to Weston’s Baytree Garden Centre donating 300 presents. The gifts will be added to scores of amazing presents given by our generous readers, ensuring children who wouldn’t normally get a present will have a happier Christmas. Harry Drury, of We’ll Let Your House, said: “I would like ...

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Donors help raise cash for Spalding charity shop

Two anonymous donors are helping Spalding’s Sue Ryder Bookshop with two ‘extraordinary’ donations. The first item handed to the shop in The Crescent is a brand new Hornby 00 gauge model locomotive called ‘Thorpe Hall’ – which is the location of the charity’s hospice in Peterborough. “The donor deliberately presented us with this item because he was hopeful that the ...

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Spalding pub to close before Christmas

The Birds pub in Spalding will close next month. The pub – which is run by Greene King company Hungry Horse – will cease trading on December 9. Currently, the pub’s website is still taking bookings for Christmas dinner. On Wednesday, a member of staff said the company’s financial team will reimburse any payments already made for bookings. A spokesman ...

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Celebrating firms in the fens at the 2018 South Holland Business Awards

Worldwide Fruits was among those tasting success last week as it was named Business of the Year at the South Holland Business Awards. Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce’s annual celebration of the district’s entrepreneurial bright sparks returned in glittering style at Springfields Events Centre on Thursday, November 15. More than 150 businesses attended the sixth running of the event hosted by ...

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Jack Wills to open next Wednesday

The grand opening of Jack Wills, the popular British fashion brand, at Springfields has been announced, and will open at 9.30am on Wednesday November 21. The new Jack Wills outlet will offer savings on recommended retail prices and as a special opening treat, are offering a further 30 per cent off outlet prices when you buy three or more items. ...

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Wild celebrations for top apprentice

A Spalding apprentice has landed a prestigious national award. Aaron Wild has been named the first year DAF Apprentice of the Year at a special awards ceremony recently. The 17-year-old, who works for the Ford and Slater DAF dealership in the town, saw off the competition from more than 100 other DAF apprentices to land the title. As part of ...

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Top businesses set for awards

The finalists for the South Holland Business Awards 2018 have been revealed. The crème de la crème of business in the district will be gathering at the Springfields Events Centre on November 15 for the Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce’s big event. The list of nominees has just been announced. Simon Beardsley, chief executive at the chamber, said: “The awards are ...

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Jack Wills to move into Springfield

Popular British clothing brand, Jack Wills, is set to bring its quality offer to Springfields Outlet, when it opens a new store at the centre in time for the busy Christmas shopping period. The youthful lifestyle brand adds to the growing fashion offer at Springfields and Jack Wills will be the fourth high quality brand to open in recent months, along ...

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Queen’s Award for expanding family firm

A rapidly expanding Spalding family firm has been given the royal blessing. Welland Power has been presented with The Queen’s Award in the International Trade category. It’s been earned because between 2014 and 2018, the generator building company increased exports and turnover by around 600 per cent. After employees attended a reception at Buckingham Palace earlier this year, the award ...

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County’s ‘Sister’ agreement with China

A delegation of high-ranking Chinese officials is due in the county later this month. The party will be signing a document for Lincolnshire and the Hunan Province to become “sister regions”. Mr Kemin Wang, deputy director of Standing Committee of Hunan Provincial People’s Congress will lead the group. He is the highest ranking official from Hunan to visit the county ...

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A new queen is crowned in Spalding

Three former Tulip Queens have crowned Spalding’s newest pub and hotel. The Marston’s-owned pub The Tulip Queen officially opened its doors on Monday, September 24 and three of its former namesakes were asked to cut the ribbon on the over £4m project. The 82-year-old Janet Bray, Tulip Queen in 1958 was joined by Inca Honnor (2013) and Amy Cook-Nykyforczuk (2014) ...

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Tulip Queens to cut ribbon on new Spalding pub

The finishing touches are being put to Spalding’s newest lodge and restaurant. Around 60 new jobs have been created at the £4m Tulip Queen on the Lincs Gateway site alongside the A16. Two former Tulip Queens will officially cut the ribbon at the Marston’s venue which opens to the public on September 24. Janet Bray was the winner of the ...

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New jobs on offer at huge glasshouse site

Up to 60 new jobs are likely to be created as glass houses covering 75 acres are being constructed on the edge of Spalding. The huge buildings will be big enough to house more than 45 football pitches and will be a major landmark for South Holland. The development will see horticultural company Bridge Farm Group producing the area’s famous ...

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