Business News

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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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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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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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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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 home store for Springfields

British fashion and lifestyle brand White Stuff is set to join the line-up at Springfields Outlet this September. Established as a clothes shop in 1985 in the French Alps, the brand’s name pays homage to its alpine roots.Today, the popular high street brand has diversified and offers a wide range of men’s, women’s and children’s wear, alongside accessories, homeware and ...

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Second Spalding B&M store set to create 60 jobs

A second B&M store in Spalding is opening next month and will create 60 new jobs for the area. The new store is taking over the former Homebase site on Westlode Street which closed last month. It will be a home store and garden centre and is due to open for trading on Saturday, September 22. “We are feeling really ...

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New Spalding pub The Tulip Queen set for autumn date

The doors are nearly ready to open at Spalding’s newest pub. The Tulip Queen is on course to open next month and has created 60 jobs for South Holland. “We believe that The Tulip Queen will be an excellent opportunity for people to learn new skills and gain experience. The Tulip Queen will offer a great community feel,” said manager ...

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Spalding firm’s mountainous effort for charity

Staff at Spalding based recruitment agency Encore Personnel have gone above and beyond, raising a whopping £9,000 for its three charities, by climbing the highest mountain in the UK, Ben Nevis. A 17-strong team spent seven hours taking on the 1,345m climb last Saturday (August 11). Employees of all ages took part, including Melissa Packwood (19) and the oldest Chris ...

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Fears for South Holland potato crop in drought

It’s not just South Holland residents who have been feeling the heat in recent weeks. While sales of fans have shot up and everyone is heading for the shade, spare a thought for the humble potato. A staple of our agricultural economy as well as our dinner tables, the crop is suffering in the heat and the next few days ...

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Heady times for Holbeach high street

This month has marked the acceleration of change in Holbeach. In the past few weeks, the town has seen a new restaurant open, Polka Polish Restaurant in the old String of Horses, Chosen charity open a second shop, Fabric Fae move to larger premises, a gym is being built in the former Limmings site, and a community bookshop is about ...

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